dad and abby drove up from el paso last week. the pics above were taken @ steve and darla’s the last day we were all together. earlier they got a room at the econo lodge in carthage, and i’m told that the girls (sara, jane, and mary lynn) didn’t waste any time, and went swimming at the motel’s indoor pool! we also had a fun time jamming with horns, flute, guitar, and drums on sunday after church. we played everything we knew from to mozart to stax/volt.
last weekend i turned 49 and played a piano that was on the corner of 75th and wornall. jenny played the music box dancer, and i played linus and lucy aka the peanuts theme song. the blue piano is one of many pianos on parade that are scattered throughout the city. my folks from joplin came up w/presents and celebrated w/jenny, angie, and me. earlier that day i got a birthday card and a whoopie cushion from my folks in el paso. they are coming to KC this weekend!
this was my high score on missile command a couple of weeks ago at power play. as i type this i’m listening to casey kasem counting down the top 40 hits from 1984. the donnie darko book is on my amazon wish list. the weather has been changing on a dime recently, and if a thick fog envelops old overland park i can’t guarantee what decade i’ll be in when it clears up.
motel mancini had great weather at the river market last saturday. the temps topped out in the 80s, and the humidity was low for kansas city. we played in front of winslow’s barbeque, got to know other buskers, and thanked everyone who dropped a dollar in our collective hat. we plan on setting up again july 18 from 7:30-noon. my other project, beep goes the weasel, also benefited from the mild weather last saturday. we played for (and with) grown ups and kids before each movie at the boulevard drive-in. the manager told me he counted 850 cars that night. we’ll do it again july 10 @ 8:30pm. on july 11 we’ll beep at the santa fe commons @ 7pm before the neverending story! you can click here to find out where we are beeping this summer… and beyond.
this saturday, june 27 will be full of beats, beeps, and sweet sweet music. early in the morning i’ll be at the river market with motel mancini from 7-noon, then it will be time for pain meds and lunch, and finally at dusk we’ll wire up produce from the culinary center and play at the boulevard drive in for beep goes the weasel! the first movie is inside out starting @ 9:20, followed by jurassic world @ 10:55.
someone on mingle posted this pic of motel mancini. pictured from right to left it’s me, chris, and dan fitzgerald, the nomad banjo player. i’m not really sure what mingle actually is besides an online place to post photos. motel mancini is what chris and i are calling ourselves these days. it’s cool when someone like dan checks in.
jenny is out of town for a few days, so i am the lone wolf. ok, wait a minute, that isn’t right: i have my trusty cat, max by my side, but even he runs for cover when i start showing my fangs. the lone wolf feeling started to seep in after the dust settled. here’s what happened when the fur was flying:
friday i made noise on the sidewalk for local life, and handed out fliers for beep goes the weasel. saturday i joined chris mull at the river market where we played guitars in the shade and made a few bucks. we also made a new friend (dan) who plays a killer banjo! we are calling ourselves motel mancini and hoping for the best. this morning i took an aspirin for muscle pain, went to church, and played songs by tom waits, dawes, and talking heads.
i am ashamed to say that i have not made a blog post in two weeks. however there is no shame in saying i haven’t seen tucker love in 3 or 4 weeks. tucker came by homer’s a couple of days ago and let me take a pic of him wearing his cat covered tank top.
a few days ago i downloaded the kosmische synth app on my smartphone, and entered a whole new realm of electronic noise. at first it sounds like a setup to a scary movie scene or a disturbing dream sequence, but with a little work it can go past those boundaries. the random patch and random pattern function really stretches the imagination, and then simple fader adjustments can push it over the cliff. here’s a collage of sounds i made this morning.
max is our cat. he has a few cat toys like a stuffed zebra, a yellow rattle ball, and some feather sticks… but none of these things matter to him. he only cares about one toy: the bullwhip. he loves to chase it, bite it, lunge at it, and lay on it. i took this pic a few days ago during one of his calmer moments, and this morning i woke up early to play with him.