Saturday, December 27, 2008

DOING DUO

Christmas was busy and fun and here comes the New Year already. No resolutions here. Just keep doing what I keep doing. Win every hour.

Having visited my son and his family in the Bay Area the week before Christmas, and having my daughter and her family here for Thanksgiving, the rest of the family and I got together by phone, mostly. How bad am I for not flying north at Christmas? I worked my whole life to move to Florida to avoid winter and I'm not a particular fan of Christmas or any holiday for that matter. Every day is special to me. Merry Today!

That being said, we were invited by several families for the holiday and had a splendid time. Visited with some newer friends on the eve and had a smashing dinner and got to jam with the host. I avoided eating stuff that's not good for me by performing a few secular holiday tunes. Made some new friends. Earlier in the day Cathy hosted a brunch for a close friend and her Mom. I enjoyed the company and avoided the rich food. My weight has crept up to the point that I have to take control, holiday or not.

Ironic that we spent all of Christmas day with my trainer Jitka and her family. She didn't give me any dirty looks for eating or even beat me up the following day during our weekly session. Just looking at her strength and fine form is inspiration enough to get back down to size small.

New Year's Eve we'll have our annual brunch and beach walk with our great friends Nancy and Mark. Mark is a very talented musician and we are meeting this week to discuss the details of the duo we're forming so as not to drive our wives nuts with shop talk.

The Duo is going to be terrific fun for the fact that I can't help but have fun with Mark. Clearly in my top 5 people to hang with down here. The strange part about this is that we're organizing an act around prerecorded tracks. This is not what I had ever hoped to do to keep the business going. It has become more and more necessary, with the economic downturn, to deliver a big sound for less money to get gigs in these tourist joints and at weddings and country clubs. We seem to have no shortage of them. There is a severe shortage of places where I can do solo acoustic, however. So there you have it--Bud's survival plan for when the music business swirls around the toilet.

I'm still writing much more regularly than I have in the past year, though. Not finishing but that's the way I work.

My good friend Simon Wiffen, in England has put out an excellent EP of his acoustic alternative music and it really knocks me out. Head over to iTunes and give a listen, will you?

Love and Happy New Year to all my friends in Blogland and beyond.

posted by Bud @ 2:19 PM
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

GIVING IN TO THE GRANDPA TAG

I've been home from my Cali trip since mid-day Tuesday but still feeling lagged. A four hour delay in San Francisco caused us to miss our connecting flight in Houston for bogus reasons. We spent the night in some nameless motel and arrived back in Florida to company, three dinner parties in a row and a workout regimen that won't quit. I had promised Jitka, my dominatrix trainer, that, I'd lose two pounds this week. Losing two pounds prior to Christmas and while on a trip is like losing ten pounds . But I'm there.

The trip was wonderful for the contact time I spent with my Son, DIL and granddaughter, Stella. The little two and a half year old whirlwind stole my heart. Long time readers here know that I'm not at all thrilled with the title of Grandpa but rather love the privilege of being one. When she was put to bed the first night and screamed, "Grandpa, Grandpa, Grandpa!" from her gated room, I had to flea the apartment before I crossed the line between helpful father/in-law and pain in the ass grandparent. The following night she went to sleep early after Cathy and I left. My son called and said that Stella, just sighed, "I love my Grandpa and I love my Cathy." So the little bugger has me tagged but Gabe, when he is able to talk, will call me BuBu. My daughter's idea which I support. Cathy is steadfastly Cathy on both coasts.

The weather in the Bay area sucked about half of the time with cold rain and just cold the rest of the time. Anything below 70 has become uncomfortable for me. But I enjoy being in a pretty place where most of the people are on my wavelength. If they could get the weather and the earthquake thing straightened out, it'd be worth a move there.

Had some gigs lined up but half of them fell through. Pretty typical. I'm enjoying the down time by writing. Made two song licensing deals. One in Seattle with Audiosocket and one in Atlanta with Atlanta Movement Radio. People don't buy music when they can steal it so easily and the near depression is not helping. But I'd make music anyway 'cause I just have to. So we also arranged to rent a house in the Hudson Valley of NY next August and Helen Avakian and I will collaborate once again on some recordings. Lots of family and friend stuff too.
Wishing you all a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuka, Happy Kwanzaa or whatever way you role.

posted by Bud @ 5:14 PM
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

GOING TO CALIFORNIA

Getting ready to fly out to the San Francisco Bay Area Friday to see family. Stella, the smiliest little dancing 2 year old I know. And of course, her parents. It'll be a long weekend but way too short.

Scrambling to get some more gigs together. The most hated part of the business. Why do all the booking agents I know suck so badly? I don't have time to be my own booking agent, Jeri Goldstein! Somebody out there, save me!

Speaking of Led Zep (Going to California--get it?) I desparately need a standard tuning version of the song Going to California. I do not want to drag a third guitar to a gig tuned to whatever Jimmy Page calls that weird tuning for one stnking song. I've Googled the snot out of it and gave up after three pages. So if anybody out there has a tabbed version of it in standard tuning, please let me know and link me up.

Finally, I seem to have lost some important contact info for my Cali contacts. No time to see any of you this weekend anyway but I'd love to give you a call and chat while I'm in the same time zone. E-mail me a number, okay? Bud.Buckley@gmail.com


Hope to post next week.

posted by Bud @ 3:02 PM
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