Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Parker at the Pageant

Saint Louis, MO: At the Pageant on November 23, 2016 are Parker Millsap and his band mates on stage supporting J J Grey and Mofro

Parker Millsap is back in Saint Louis and he is playing the Pageant in the loop of University City. I've seen Parker and his band mates three times now (The Rock House, Off Broadway and The Pageant), Michael is playing a base guitar. Daniel is playing his fiddle. Now Parker's band has a drummer too. It was a pleasure to chat with Parker a bit back stage. He will be traveling to Indianapolis next where he will connect with Megan for Thanksgiving. We talked a bit about his new found friendship with fellow musician Sir Elton John. We talked about the weather. We talked about the bra-wall backstage. Parker keeps up the pace and the expenses down, He has an easy conversational style and is used to amateur smart phone photographers like me. It was great to see Parker again.  

Parker grew up in the tiny town of Purcell, OK where he regularly attended a Pentacostal church with his family for most of his youth. He doesn’t consider himself very religious but the experiences with religion have have had an impact on his songwriting and his sound. He blends fire and brimstone with rock, country and blues. He is a story teller.  

I stayed to hear JJ Grey and Mofro as well. Grey and his current Mofro lineup offer grace and groove in equal measure, with an easygoing quality to the production that makes those beautiful muscular drum-breaks sound as though the band has set up in your living room.

Robert Christopher and Lindsey begot another Robert

Photo by Ben Morgan taken on November 20, 2016 

In Palma Ceia, what we got is as good as it begets;
No ifs, ands, buts … no regrets.
Robert Lawton Dewey does what babies do;
He cries, fusses, eats, sleeps…but laughs and smiles too.

Register R. Lawton so his name with teachers and peers is set;
Hail sweet little Lawton,  a fellow well met;
See him on social media or in a text
But to see him in person is really the best

Our baby girl and her little boy made be a Grandpa in July
She makes me very happy --- I’m not gonna lie
The campaign is just beginning
Lawton keeps winning

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thankful Song

We began the day on a thankful note;
Grateful for so many things.
So I took it upon myself to be the one who wrote;
Friends, family, places, feelings…

For what are we thankful?  
Teachers teach, students learn;
Policemen protect, dogs bark, nurses and doctors heal…
If not for firefighters, our world might burn.
If not for Art and Music, how would we feel?

For what are we thankful? 
A winter coat? Good health? A happy home? A library full of books? 
“Sugah, there are smiles all around.”
Sleep well in a fine hotel. Take your pick.
Visit a new restaurant in town.

For what are we thankful?
Parades and fireworks from here to the ocean.
Finding funds for those who are forlorn;
Sunshine. Flowers, Rainbows, Emotion;
Ice Cream, Cheddar Cheese Crackers, Popcorn.
At the end of the day – be happy and pray;
Count your blessings. Treasure everything;
Look, listen, laugh, let it be as it may…and sing.
Like a two year old child - on a brand new swing.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Halloween Jokes 2016

Q: What school subject is a favorite for witches?

Q: What did the skeleton order in the restaurant?
A: Spare Ribs.

Q: Why do vampires go to caves?
A: Oh, just to hang out.

Q: Who did Frankenstein take to the dance?
A: His ghoul friend,

Q: Why didn’t angry witch like to ride her broom?
A: She was afraid she might FLY OFF THE HANDLE.

Q: What kind of monsters have two heads?
A: Two headed monsters.

Q: What kind of street did the zombie live on?
A: A dead end.

Q: What is a ghost’s favorite desert?
A: Boo-berry pie?

Q: Why did the policeman five the ghost a ticket?
A: He didn’t have a haunting licence.

Q: What do witches put on their hair?
A: Scare spray.

Q: Why was the mummy so tense?
A: He was all WOUND UP.

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?
A: He had not body to go with…

Q: Why are ghosts so bad at lying?
A: Because you can see right through them.

Q:Why did the vampire’s lunch give him heartburn?
A: Because it was a stake sandwich.

Q: Why do ghosts make good cheer leaders?
A: Because they have a lot of spirit.

Q: Why didn’t the scarecrow eat his desert?
A: He was already stuffed.

Q: Where do mummies like to go for a swim?
A: The dead sea.

Q: Why did the twin witches always confuse people?
A: Because no-one could tell which witch was which.

Q: Why did Frankenstein go to the Mall?
A: Because he heard there was a MONSTER SALE.

Q: What do ghosts like to serve for desert?
A: I scream!

Q: Why didn’t the vampire have any close friends?
A: Because he was a pain in the neck!

Q: Where do vampires keep their savings?

Q: What do you call a witch who lives at the beach?