Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Update

 
Hi All,
 
I have recently completed six chapters of formatting my book. I have a ways to go as it's a mess and I need to tidy it up before I hand it over to my editor in a week or so.  While I have been working on the book my mind has come up with new ideas for other stories.  My mind just doesn't quit.  I have been writing down notes so that when I'm ready to begin writing a new story I'll be ready to do.
 
I spent a good hour or two listening to music at Amazon as my mind went on a trip down musical memory lane.  I couldn't believe I found the song "On The Loose" by SAGA.  I loved that song when I was teenager but now not so much.  It was fun to listen to it though and it then triggered me to think of the song "Cry" by Godley and Creme.  I loved that song!  I then thought of Kajagoogoo - remember them? Then came thoughts of Kim Wilde and OMD. 
 
While I did enjoy pop music as a kid, I do have a rocker in me and started rolling back the other way looking up songs but then I started listening to music by people I don't have in my music collection.  I enjoy discovering music and following the thread of one artist leading to another.  So I listened to Spirit, Audra Mae, Albert Lee, Alvin Lee, Great Big Sea, James House, Jane Child, Marshall Crenshaw and Rickie Lee Jones.  Some of these people I've heard of but don't own anything by them but that changed today.  I splurged a little.
 
I'm glad I have a musical brain in that if I think about one artist I am reminded of another.  Today's little music treat is nothing too old but something fun.  So enjoy the guitar playing of Lee Ritenour, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Lukather.
 
Rock on!
~Maynard
 
 
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tough Times



Hi All,

Your music treat today is the musical styling of Gerry O'Connor.

I am still hoping to release my book this fall but I am experiencing more set backs. The set backs aren't too bad. I'm managing them and doing the best I can to stay on my schedule. I have some wiggle room so we will see.

For those that have been following me from the beginning you know that I have swings of depression from time to time.  I continue to function and go to work doing all the things I'm supposed to do. I typically get hit hard when fall comes around but it seems to have set in for a summer session this year.   Music helps me in managing it as it speaks to me on so many levels and aids me in releasing pain that I have not fully shed from my younger years when I was suicidal.  You can't get rid of depression like a cold.  It just doesn't work that way.

When the hard times hit, what song are you listening to to? It could be more than one but what is the first song you reach for when things go to pieces?  Please share your song in the comments section.
There are so many great songs out there so lets share! 

Rock on!
~Maynard