Thursday, January 24, 2008

I V CAFFEINE, PLEASE

Bud Buckley plays Sarasota Arts Fest, '08
How far behind can I get? Here's a shot of me playing the Sarasota Arts Fest about eleven days ago. Big event. Good time. Led to other gigs. So no complaints. Even though...

Teaching guitar has been very time consuming. Lots more students. I really enjoy it. Besides my private practice, I'm teaching in the North Port Music and Arts School. Very cool people there. I'm helping them open a shopping center tonight.

Besides my regular gig schedule I've been booking other gigs. A country club gig that sold out, a house concert coming up next month. Other things in the works.

CD sales have been good but I need to push it harder with some bigger venues so I'll be hitting that trail hard. I can't wait for Deni Bonet's new one to come out. Gonna buy a bunch of them for family. She's just the best on so many levels.

Haven't done a thing yet to organize my travel business but I really have to get to that. May need to give up sleep for a few days. What exactly is a toxic or lethal dose of caffeine anyway?

posted by Bud @ 12:48 PM
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Saturday, January 05, 2008

SHORT, SWEET AND ORTHODOX

After a few days reflection on a disappointment, I realize that I learned a few valuable lessons. It's impossible to discuss without getting all wordy. It's my goal to be all about brevity. It's also my goal to be all about avoiding cliche's. So I'll leave it at one statement:
One Artist's cliche' may be an Everyman's high art.

People are making money on horrific cliche's and cultural stereotypes but that's one swamp I hope to never intentionally slog through.

The year is going off as planned. A lot of enthusiasm for the new CD. Sales have been very good and promise to grow. My gigs are quite fun. I'm delighted to be back at Althea's Restaurant for my fifth season. I'm also doing more country club gigs and I'm branching out. My guitar teaching business is growing by leaps and bounds. I'm now on the faculty of a local music school and I get calls for private lessons every day.

All of this leaves less time for blogging but I read you guys before I write anything here.

Many of you have taken advantage of my pre-release offers and your CD's are in the mail. I'm extremely grateful to all who visit here and offer me encouragement weather it's in the form of complements, cheerleading, buying a CD, writing a review or any combination of the above. I love you guys like family. It's my ambition to meet each of you face to face some day. I have met six of you and it's only a matter of time before I get to the rest of you. Or you get to me. I'm getting involved in the travel business so I'll have a less expensive way to travel or to get you where you're going if you are so inclined. More on that later.

I thought the holidays were over and I could return to a normal weight. But we're going to an Eastern Orthodox Christmas party tomorrow. So if that involves your particular set of beliefs, Happy Christmas. Again!

posted by Bud @ 10:42 PM
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