i often feel kinda low biorhythmically especiaĺly earlier in the day. By the time the office workers are heading home i start to feel like starting my real “work” in fact back in my youth i could work all night on a song and finish by dawn and feel like a king.
The rest of my life was a trainwreck though ….but at the time i didn’t realise how good some of my writing was. I underestimated the worth of my material. Perhaps that was the secret.
Self Doubt can be a spur.
Concert Update: for tomorrow 6th August
- We are pleased with the support so far. Radio campaign is covered and other expenses will be covered considerable tho they be BUT we need your input. Pls book here.
- Kids have free entry and the event is family friendly
- Refreshments will be available. A new development. However you welcome to bring a bento or other food.
- The show will be recorded and filmed. The material will be original. Atmosphere convivial
- Cost of entry minimal – with 5+ performers on the night
So; Turn your pc off. Watch Netflix some other time. Bring a friend if you have one and if you don’t come along and make new friends at the concert.
See you there and if you need help to find us call me on 021 0259 2919
LETS BE SHOCKINGLY CONVIVIAL AND GENUINELY FRIENDLY
Here is a taster from Duncan & Angel
But……there is one area where self doubt is not required…when reaching out to a long lost buddy. And i can illustrate it with this story
Long ago i went to a Berkley School of jazz course being held in Wellington. John Schofield was one of the guitar teachers. Love his playing still. Check him out.
At this course i also met Jeff Dickie from Dunedin. He told me that being a pro wasn’t for him and he preferred to look elsewhere for his livelihood. He went on to achieve great things both in music and other pursuits and for decades i have often reflected upon what he told me the best part of four decades ago. He is a great chap and i always felt in awe of him
I assumed he wouldn’t want to hear from me but for once i decided to give my self doubt a break.
I found his number and called and naturally expected him to be kinda distant and perplexed as to why i should call. His response was the reverse. He was very pleased to hear from me and filled me in on what he did immediately after the Berkley course. He also offered to play on my next recording session ….the last thing i expected! He is kindness itself.
Here is what he wrote to me following our chat regarding that time way back in the early 80s
“I went to the USA in 1981 to buy a Mesa Boogie amplifier. I read about them and couldn’t sleep until I had one. I went through epic iIiad sagas to get my hands on one….. the factory couldn’t supply me with one as the waiting list had a who’s who of world famous guitarists waiting.. Including Clapton, Townsend, BB King etc etc. I then spied what I wanted in a free San Francisco newspaper and rushed off to buy it. When I returned to my hotel I turned on the TV to find a bloke had sat down on the same park bench where I had read the paper an hour before and was shot dead by an unknown assailant! How did I digress to here? A week later I was traveling through the Rockies near Denver when the Greyline bus stopped at a small mountain village in the middle of nowhere. Pete Peterson, the red-neck bus driver suggested we try the one local bar for a beer and a sandwich. There we were greeted by John Hinckley Junior, who about a week later shot President Ronnie Reagan! This is absolutely true. “
By the way the show on Saturday. Let me explain
- It’s a long show why? It’s not just about me. We have some great acts and it starts early so families can come. Btw. Kids free
- It costs heaps but if it fills up we will cover expenses. If it doesn’t then the next show is gonna cost a lot more to attend so pleeeeeeeeease support it
- Bring by all means your own picnic. It’s not a cafe
- Come and go as ya please and yes you can get tickets at the door or now online BUT its filling up fast and with the interview on BFM from 6 tonight i aim to plug the last seats and fill the venue… “Every day is international blues music day” but apparently that happens tomorrow too.
- We have the best soundman and soundsystem that you can get. His name is Paul Crowther SPLIT ENZ drummer and Hotcake inventor
- Great friends – Basant. Tabla. Duncan and angel. Marcus. Steve. And mystery guest
I will be playing short sets early on and a long set to finish the show. It will be fun please come and or sponsor the event.
Thank you Alan for supporting the BFM campaign
Any questions? Call me 021 0259 2919