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Just checking in......Willie just turned 9 weeks old and we are still doing our best to get some sleep. Getting about 6 hours a day but its broken up into series of two hours at a time it seems. I went to England a few weeks back thinking that i would actually catch up on my sleep but it was not to be. Greenbelt was great.....my first show at the Performance Cafe was packed.....heard something around 700 people. Was a short set./....40 mins....and was a very hurried soundcheck but the show was great.....having that many people in rapt attention when i did " The Silent Will Soon Be Singing " was my highlight.....i even got goosebumps during it. Was a moment i won't soon forget. At the hotel there is the tradition of workers of the festival meeting there late night for drinks. Well some of those nights turned into 5am song sessions....so there was no sleep to be had. I'd like to thank, Steve Foster, Dave Emmerson and Paul Chambers for making the trip so fun and successful.
Came back to reality and did a few shows in the past couple weeks with the band.....tried out some new songs " Willie Is Coming To Town" ( wasn't so good) Prettiest Girl In The World ( went great) 5 Dollar Whore( loved doing it with a band) and look forward to really shaking the set up ....next week in Lemont at This Must Be The Place ...i hope to try even more new stuff.......so its a very exciting time for me lately, as a writer, and as a performer.
There was a bit of an uproard about the prices of Monday Morning Madness. So i guess i will go on record and explain myself. Up until recently , in the past years i would write a song and have to hold on to it and wait to get the opportunity of making an album. I was happy that when those songs came out on the " official" record they were fresh to the listener and that i hoped would create more energy about the songs. With the advent of the internet, songs were available and i was always worried about people getting these early and when the record finally came out, they'd be bored with the songs.....even though they would sound better and slicker cuz they were done in a studio....the song just wasnt' as fresh to some people. That is the reason behind charging 3 bucks a tune......there are songs that i would love to just hold off and not letting ANYONE hear.....but with the state of the economy and my bank account.......i figure i will just charge a lot, so people who are REALLY wanting to hear it can....and those who would rather wait.....they can wait......it was as simple as that. I really dont' know when or how i will make a new record and its conceivable this may be my only way of getting songs out in quite some time......for i have neither the money or the investors anymore to think i will be going back into a studio anytime soon. Sad, but true.
anyway......thats all the news for now.....thanks so much.......please spread the word......and not only the word,,....but spread the passion, about life, love, food, drink, art, film, literature, friendship, life......and if you can throw in a good word about me.....i sure would appreciate that too....
a few closing words from the speech that John F Kennedy was slated to give on the afternoon of Nov 22nd 1963, that he unfortunately, never got to give.....but the words ring as true as ever
"There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility. Those voices are inevitable."