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Good times

August 20, 2009 1 comment

Good show last night. Great crowd. George Graham from WVIA-FM acted as the emcee. Everybody did a few new songs. I ended the  night with “I’ll Do Right by You” and completely forgot the melody as soon as I started playing the intro. So I was forced to make one up on the spot. Needless to say, it wasn’t as good as the original, but nobody seemed to notice, which may or may not be a good thing. I’m not too sure.

My kids were at the show, so I had to censor all the songs. I didn’t realize I dropped so many f-bombs in my verses. So much for 16 years of catholic schooling. If my Mom was there I would have gotten grounded.

Opened with a new song called “Strip it all Away” and asked George Wesley to jam along with me on it. George doesn’t need much prompting, and was soon soaring, playing things I could only dream about. It’s good to have friends in such exalted places….even though George is so good he makes other guitar players gently or not too gently weep in frustration. Like me for instance.

But, we all do what we do and that’s all we can do. And when it doubt, we can just play louder, or claim every time we make a mistake that we’re playing jazz.

In a bit…

–tf

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Showtime

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Packed up and ready to go. Rehearsed for 10 minutes at 9am this morning. A marathon session for me. Am now ready, willing, and able to completely wing it. I hope nobody shows up carrying assault rifles. You know, monkey see monkey do and all that.

In a bit…

–tf

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Show tomorrow night..

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

For the 8th year in the row I’ll be part of the Singer-Songwriter’s in the round series at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock tomorrow night. It’s always a good time, and every year the crowds get bigger. I don’t do many live shows anymore but this is one invite I never turn down. Plus they give me all the free diet coke I can drink in those monster 32 oz cups. To me that’s major league incentive.

I hate planning ahead, and I hate to rehearse. So that’s a bit problematic. Truth is, I won’t know what I’m going to play until I’m actually on the stage and start strumming the first chord. And even then sometimes not. I’m hoping to debut some of the new songs though. It’ll be interesting to see how (or if) they go over. And more interesting to see if I can remember how to play and sing them. Sometimes my mind wanders you see….especially when it’s jacked on quarts of caffeine.

Should be a cool night. It will not be dull, that’s for sure.

In a bit…

–tf

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Getting Yanged

August 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Spent 8 hours on the couch yesterday watching Tiger Woods get hit throat slit by some unknown guy named Yang, who seemed way too dumb to know he was supposed to be the main course at one of Tiger’s ritualistic Sunday dinners. Tiger played like a hack-worthy human instead of a bloodless cyborg, slapping the ball all over the state of Minnesota en-route to an ugly 75. The guy couldn’t make a putt if the hole were the size of a hula-hoop. Tiger seems weary and way older than his years all of a sudden, which I suppose is the sort of thing that happens when the greatest player the game has ever seen gets smoked in front of millions by a short little round guy named Yang who never picked up a club until he was an adult. By the time I was 19 I’d already done the sensible thing and quit golf.

Anyway, this doesn’t have much to do with anything, other than point out that I need precious little stimulation to procrastinate. I now have 2 weeks to complete a one act play about high school.

I hated high school pretty much, except for the snow days. It’s going to be hard making this palatable for school boards and PTAs and other such tight-asses. But I shall give it a go. Eventually. Maybe tomorrow.

In a bit…

–tf

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The Jukebox Knows….

August 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Up real early today…so I was still a bit groggy when I turned the music on and mis-heard a lyric as “the jukebox knows…the jukebox knows….”

I’m still not sure what the actual lyric is, but I like what I heard better. So that’s my starting point for the day. Good song title ‘innit?

In a bit…

–tf

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Nothing today…

August 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Nothing today. Brain dead. Some days you wake up and couldn’t get a decent note out of the guitar even if you had Les Paul’s fingers. Music comes when it wants to and not a moment before.

That being said, the “wait around until inspiration” bullshit is just that. Bullshit. You gotta get off your ass and try. Songs won’t write themselves.

So I try a little some days, and a lot on others. Sometimes the good stuff comes when I try a little, and the dreck when I try a lot. That’s why I love songwriting so much. If all it took was effort there’d be a avalanche of great songs out there. It takes more than effort. Being inclined to laziness, I like that. It sorta evens the playing field, or at least makes it a bit less bumpy.

In a bit…

–tf

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Crushing news this morning….

August 12, 2009 1 comment

Crushing news this  morning from Belfast.

A good friend of mine there just lost a child. It stopped me cold.

So I wrote this song….

Time For a Lullaby
by Tom Flannery
copyright 2009

It’s all I know how to do. It’s very rough. It wavers. It meanders. But it was everything in my head after I received the news.

Life ain’t fucking fair boys and girls. It hurts way too much sometimes. But we carry on. What else is there to do? I don’t think love conquers all. But it comes a helluva lot closer to doing so than anything else I can think of. So hug ’em if you’ve got ’em. Extra hard too. And if it rains today, you know why.

In a bit…

–tf

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