05-13-14-My Morning Thoughts: The Gig Stories: #2 no real order… While playing some Club in Chardon Ohio to over 250 of our wonderful fans (which pretty much packed the place) and just rocking our butts off, on one of those nights that everything was just rolling perfect, a funny thing happened. Well maybe not that funny but anyway, when we were done I went into the back room to get our big 250 bucks. The manager of the place handed me an envelope with 50 bucks in it and I said…what is this? The manager proceeded to tell me that all the people in the club came to see the other band so this is what you get! Now I use to have a short temper back in the day before I gained all this wisdom of age but for some rare reason (and I don’t know why) I just said do you really think that’s true? And of course he said, yes. I said are you sure? He said yes!...so I walked out, told my band mates and we all comely started telling everyone that came to see us that we got stiffed! And we also told them that we were leaving and we are going to E. 219, build a fire and have an unplugged jam…every single one of our fans walked out of the club and started following each other to E. 219. It looked like a presidential motor cade!!! The manager runs out of the club and we were just about done loading up our equipment to leave and said Larry why are all the people leaving just when the “headliner band” started playing? I just said, “a deals a deal and our fans are faithful fans and I guess they just came to see us” …the place was empty but I got to tell ya I felt really bad for the other band, however I did get to tell the other band what was going on and why everyone was leaving…and their singer told me, “that’s the coolest thing I ever saw, it sucks for us right now, but it’s the coolest thing I ever saw”…plain and simple.
05-12-14-My Morning Thoughts: The Gig Stories: #1 no real order… We had just started our first song at this big club (I think it was Flash Gordon’s) on the far west side of Cleveland one night and two members of Kiss walk in the place. Now we were opening for (oh man I can’t remember his name, he wrote or sang “He can’t love you like I love” when he was with the Michael Stanley Band) anyway, we only had limited time and so many songs we could play within like a 45 min set or something. So the guitar player from Kiss (won’t mention any names…) wants to play my lead guitarist (the amazing Steve Martin) guitar…now any other time this would be kind of a cool thing but at this particular time I’ll tell you why it wasn’t. We had to pre-sell tickets for this gig and we sold like 175 tickets to our ever supporting fans that paid 8 bucks to hear us for 45 min! I remember Steve trying to explain to this guy something like listen after we do our set you can do what you want but we only have so much time and during this little, I’ll call it a commotion (which was cutting into our time) one of our friends and biggest fans (Kelly) said to this guitar player listen, you get to play for thousands of people all the time just let the band here finish their set and we’ll go from there. Now those weren’t the exact words and it wasn’t that cordial but at the end of the “discussion” Kelly walked over to me, took off his red bandana from his head, wrapped it around my boot and said…these are the only rock stars playing on this stage at this time!...we finished our set, including an all-out-rocking encore of “Someday”, and while we were breaking down our equipment off the stage that guitar player walked by and said…”man your someday isn’t that far away and you got a nice sound”…now that was definitely worth all the commotion a the start…plain and simple.
05-09-14-My Morning Thoughts: “the gig stories” I have met so many musicians through the years, some famous but normally just non-famous musicians like me. The experiences shared are vast when you really get the time to listen. Almost every working musician has a bad story about a gig that went wrong, or how they got stiffed by the club owner or how a fight broke out and fell into the band! But all those musicians I’ve met and had some serious conversations with always come back to the one common denominator…”the love of music” and that’s why we do it! We all have our war stories but we also have hundreds of great stories at a moment’s notice….I really should write some of the stories down sometime before I forget-em all…I wonder if there’s any place a musician could write down stories of past gigs?...LOL…plain and simple.
05-08-14-My Morning Thoughts: You guys do know that yesterday was a “what if you only had one more post in you what would it be” ????...and thank you all for your warm responses but I hope you know I can’t really stop just yet because “WE” haven’t corrected all the wrong in this world! But I got say we are making our little dent in it…and I just thought of one that may help out………….Higher Education? I’m wondering if the politicians of today should start campaigning about how this country needs tradesmen. Seems like the work force is dwindling in these very lucrative much needed areas. I heard there are like 600,000 thousand trade jobs and apprentice positions out there that can’t be filled because more and more high school students are told they need a college education to succeed in the world. The councilor’s need to change their tune in a hurry! Just ask all the college graduates that you know that owe 50 or 60 thousand on their loans and paying 4 or 5 or $600 bucks a month for the next ten years! Oh, and did I forget to mention the majority have jobs that pay just over the minimum wage for the first 3 or 4 years!...I’m not dogging college per say but I am here to tell ya, not every high school student is made for a 4 year college and that’s not bad or good that just is…plumbers, carpenters, electricians and welders all have apprentice positions that provide a direction and a knowledge for students to achieve success after high school. After these apprenticeships some of these students go on to make over 100K a year. Now that is serious money (that I never made) that can add up to that big slice of the American dream to be sure!...when I hear that shop class and woods class are being cut from school to school across this country it makes me ask the BIG question…who’s going to know how to work with their hands anymore? And I don’t mean hands on a computer, I mean working with their hands and their ‘construction knowhow brains’ to figure out how to get a job done like building bridges and laying sewers and hanging power lines…this is kind of important stuff don’t ya think? Anyway, in your travels if you know of some young people looking for advice for their future, don’t be afraid to let them know…there are options out there that don’t require starting out thousands of dollars in the hole…is education needed, absolutely! Does all education come from a 4 year degree, absolutely not!...some need to try other things, find their own niche and work at it…plain and simple.
05-07-14-My Morning Thoughts: “Last Post”… …Well it’s been interesting to say the least. I’ve learned huge amounts from the interactions of the numerous topics that have transpired over the years. Great things I never could have imagined and some…that unfortunately I could. Anyone that could have read through my past posts and figured out what the heck I was trying to say for the most part…is all right with me! I hope that I hit some good nerves and woke up a few old memories here and there because that was the intention…for the most part. Ya, say a few words, have a few laughs and bring back some classics that may have been put on the back burner just because of, time…anyway, I had a great time sharing with all of you, and as always, I wish you, your family and friends all well…and remember, smiling works so much better than frowning…plain and simple.
05-06-14-My Morning Thoughts: “FB post” If you had “One FB post” left in ya, what would it be?...something about family, something about friends, something about the world, something about another world, something good?...I’m just curious that’s all… I tell ya tomorrow what my last post would be…but you got-a-tell-me yours first…plain and simple.
05-05-14-My Morning Thoughts: What can I do today to make this a better place? I’ve been thinking on this, you know, for a while. It’s not easy at face value but it’s really not impossible either. We have all this stuff now that gets the word out pretty quick…like real time! It’s really just up to us to get the ball rolling. I know the FB people are fantastic people because I read about them every day and I know if we started something easy it would roll like a marble in a bathtub…what should it be? What can we start that’s easy yet good for everyone?...well I think being nice is the easiest first step so let me just come right out at say it…wishing everyone a wonderful day and hope it goes as smooth as silk…plain and simple.
05-02-14-My Morning Thoughts: Is there really anything cooler than music? What a great creation, its right up there with fire and the wheel in my mind. Matter of fact, I like playing music around the camp fire and jamming it loud while cruising in my wheels (not as much now, but I use to)…WOW, that’s pretty lame for a morning thoughts don’t ya think?...LOL…more coffee all around!!...and everyone have a great safe weekend…plain and simple.
04-30-14-My Morning Thoughts: by Larry Insana an apolitical folk singer that spells very poorly…”I got it”...NOT!!!! I’m not trying to invent any more apps for the cell phones ever again! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEvery time I think of one and I think it’s a great idea my kids grab my phone and download the app I thought, I thought of first!!!!...I’m just too damn slow anymore for this high tech world…just bring me back to the two soup cans on each end of a long string and I’ll be just fine!...plain and simple.
04-29-14-My Morning Thoughts: “Parents” We all learn so much from our parents it’s hard to remember it all! I mean if you list the things that have been taught and handed down the list probably would never end. There’s tons of great information passed down but I always wondered how so many people had the same information passed down. Maybe my parents’ generation was the best at it or something I don’t know…how did they know that ever parent said; you better finish that plate or you’re not getting up from that table until you do or you’re not getting any desert? Or how did every parent know to call their little boy’s room a pig-sty when it was messed up? Or how did they know that you have to do your chores before you could go out and play? I mean was there a manual called “Parents Directives & Answers” that had all these things listed? I just always thought it was funny when you’re telling your friends at school of how your Mom described you room as a pig-sty and your friend says that’s exactly what my Mom called my room last night!...Walt Disney had it right…’it is a small world after all’…plain and simple.