Rosebud of Riverton

Dunedin – Best Cafe 2

Well, friends if you have heard enough of “the new normal” (ghastly term) how about hyper normal? That seems to be what you get touring these days. A small number of people at any event and you can boast of full houses and feel like a winner.

With that in mind I had the idea to do shows that include dinner. That way the atmosphere is more convivial and people need to be serious about being there. With small gatherings it’s possible but it wouldn’t work in the “big time” (another ghastly concept). The dinner-show little-big-show idea was embraced with enthusiasm by Jessica at Best Cafe and the rest is a minor triumph. it was hyper normal. Ha ha

And that’s why we are doing another one Sunday week. Same deal as before so please book if ya wanna come coz a lot of people didn’t get in last time.

Also at Blueskin Gallery on Saturday night if you are near Waitati

Met a great chap who told me-in relation to this blog – I should  quit apologising and speculating about  vast imponderables and just talk about the music.

Good idea-at least for this post-so here goes
I have two overflow shows to accommodate for the people who couldn’t get into the last ones – namely Blueskin Gallery Saturday night from 7pm And The Best Cafe Sunday from 5pm
So these shows are already near full so please phone in to book ASAP if ya wanna be there.
Just discovered an amazing pa speaker. Ya aha. I will let you know more after its first trial at above shows.
Getting two SB 12s tweaked by my buddy Steve Barkman today so they gonna be ready to play soon.
Also discovering great things in the tone of the Taylor 6 2020    awesome tone and the pickup system is second to none
Then there’s the les Paul Gibson and Fender strat plus and the two Takomas
I d gonna play em all but one at a time
Be there or be square
Will write again soon

Got invited to play to this little sweetie (pictured above) called Rosebud in Riverton.

She is my old friend Nicola Lynch’s dog and I did my best to play nicely.  A few other humans turned up and it was a lot of fun and Rosebud stole the show… Naturally.
Nicola reminded me of things I used to do 50 years ago. I haven’t really changed. Still tend to sabotage conversations and jump from subject to subject in a typical  adhd elevator pitching kinda way. “why do you do that” she would say and I would have to face it…. 50 years on and still being impossible. Ha ha.

This trip was amazing. Anthony (pictured) needed to go to a funeral of a friend who towards the end of his sojourn here became a little big guy for his amazing ability to create bubbles… millions of them. He even invented a revolutionary bubble machine.

It was an interesting time. We found a shop that sold rare as things and Anthony bought a manuscript replica of 1984 and I swapped a Happy Isles LP  for a Phaedon 1938 publication  about the Pre-Raphaelites .
Allen and Unwin bought up Phaedon stock as Austria was being  invaded and instructed the owner to point out to the Nazis that the stock belonged to an English  company  and Germany had yet to declare war on England .so the invaders  called Allen and Unwin and had to admit “you are too clever for us”
Read about it in “The Truth About a Publisher” by Unwin himself. Fascinating stuff
The funeral itself was more a memorial service that spanned  many hours and 25 people spoke of their fond memories of the bubble man.
Dave the chess man

Dave  and his 94 year old mum. The doctor is amazed at her excellent health and she tells him her secret. Chicken broth and veges. Every day.

But she doesn’t tell him the other secret. Biscuits and ice cream. Ha ha

Dave Weegenaar is a champion chess player. Check out his you tube videos. He interviews people from all walks of life who share a common love for chess.