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Book'em - November 11, 2014

 

I met Isha Love @ TAXI this past weekend. Her playing reminded me a lot of Joe Sample. I met Joe @ the Baked Potato many years ago. He was sitting in the audience behind me & then Don Randi called him up on stage just to jam! 
I forgot if I had posted of Joe's passing in September, I didn't see it on my timeline.
Meeting Isha, & reconnecting with many industry friends at the TAXI Road Rally event, gave me a moment of reflection, how though we may move on, there are others coming in to fill the void.
Yet there is a legacy that we leave that keeps the void from really ever being empty.
Things that we did, accomplishments & lives touched, all remain to continue teaching, encouraging & supporting those that come up after us.
Several friends came up during the weekend & asked how the book was doing.
I had started to compile my thoughts & articles a few years ago because my friend & mentor John Braheny had explained that's how his book had come to be, & here at this event, people were asking about it.
John is no longer with us, but his book (The Craft & Business of Songwriting) is still a standard, a textbook, a tool & guide for anyone just starting out in the music business, and a good touchstone & reminder for those who've been around a while.
I was planning on asking his guidance & advice on how to proceed, but his passing kinda stomped on that idea.
So here again, my friends were asking. People I had helped along in their musical journey were asking. 
Will a book from me really help others when I am gone? Will anyone even read it or care? Should I even worry about that kind of thing?
Some of you have seen the videos Calvin Joe & I are doing at  Kulak's Woodshed recently. Calvin is spending his own money to archive the songs that are most important to him, because he gets how that legacy can continue on forever.
The fire is back on.
I'm posting this to my website as well to hold me accountable.
This might take a little longer than writing a song...

I met Isha Love @ TAXI this past weekend. Her playing reminded me a lot of Joe Sample. I met Joe @ the Baked Potato many years ago. He was sitting in the audience behind me & then Don Randi called him up on stage just to jam! I forgot if I had posted of Joe's passing in September, I didn't see it on my timeline.Meeting Isha, & reconnecting with many industry friends at the TAXI Road Rally event, gave me a moment of reflection, how though we may move on, there are others coming in to fill the void.Yet there is a legacy that we leave that keeps the void from really ever being empty.Things that we did, accomplishments & lives touched, all remain to continue teaching, encouraging & supporting those that come up after us.Several friends came up during the weekend & asked how the book was doing.I had started to compile my thoughts & articles a few years ago because my friend & mentor John Braheny had explained that's how his book had come to be, & here at this event, people were asking about it.John is no longer with us, but his book (The Craft & Business of Songwriting) is still a standard, a textbook, a tool & guide for anyone just starting out in the music business, and a good touchstone & reminder for those who've been around a while.I was planning on asking his guidance & advice on how to proceed, but his passing kinda stomped on that idea.So here again, my friends were asking. People I had helped along in their musical journey were asking. Will a book from me really help others when I am gone? Will anyone even read it or care? Should I even worry about that kind of thing?Some of you have seen the videos Calvin Joe & I are doing at  Kulak's Woodshed recently. Calvin is spending his own money to archive the songs that are most important to him, because he gets how that legacy can continue on forever.The fire is back on.I'm posting this to my website as well to hold me accountable.This might take a little longer than writing a song...

 

facebook and more - May 27, 2013

Hope you're havin' fun!
Wow, I haven't posted here since 2008! That means my facebook account is really keeping me busy...so much so I forget to post here! Well, hopefully that will change a bit. I know some of you have freaked out about the privacy issues on facebook or are so old skool that you're just happy to get stuff in the mail. So I will try posting more here.
Yesterday was a rare triple-header, Church in the morning, a gig in the afternoon, & a guest speaking engagement in the evening! I missed my usual evening @ the Urban Homestead though. Sometimes there's just so much to to!
Look for me on FB, & if you're not there, well, check back here in a couple of weeks...
:)

Thanksgiving 2008 - November 26, 2008

One month left to mark the end of this year.
And really, all it is, is just a mark.
People continue to go about their daily routines, time passes, seasons change, & some of us get reflective…”WT(heck) happened? Another year already?”
As children, our lives are measured in minutes.
Then as we get older, hours, then days, months, years.
At some point, it starts to revert back though, like the riddle of the sphinx.
This year much has happened, but little was done. There is anticipation & hope for the future because of a new administration, & there are many who are looking to retire in the next ten years, A decade. When I was just out of high school, a decade seemed like an eternity, so much could happen, so much could change. 3658 days is a lot of time.
Ten years ago, I could not have imagined how it would be sending my kids off to college, & the possibility of them getting married & moving on was just a concept.
I thought perhaps when that occurred, I could get back to what I was doing a quarter-century ago, but now I find myself older, slowing down, my guitar playing is sloppier & my time is filled with other things
Watching “The Bucket List” I found myself thinking about friends who already got to the top of their mountains, & perhaps I have already been there & not realized it at the time. By God’s grace I have done much of what would be on a “Bucket List”:
25 years married to someone who loves me in spite of my idiosyncrasies, 3 kids who are pretty much self-sufficient, releasing a CD of my own music, producing some successful artists, performing in some of the largest & most prestigious venues around, going on tour, going to Japan, garnering enough respect to have endorsement deals with guitar companies & equipment suppliers, became friends with celebrities, played on TV, co-hosted a radio show, built dozens (maybe over a hundred) guitars, had some of the finest instruments in the world in my possession…But I’ve also had near-fatal accidents, hand & wrist injuries that have changed how I play, instruments & stuff lost or destroyed, & friends & family passing away. This year I started working with someone & shared some miracles, only to have it fall apart because of misunderstandings. But those few months generated over 2 dozen song starts, & brought me back to the rock roots that I hadn’t touched on in a long time, to where God can speak to me in a different voice, giving me something new to share from an old place. And just in the last few weeks, one of those things from that rock place connected with another vocalist who helped make the song happen, & several other new songs caught the ears of my industry friends & gave me encouragement that the music I do is still viable & can touch people. Then there’s SongNet. A huge crash in April nearly cost us our online presence, but thanks to Tommy Honles, our webmaster, & our friends @ Hostbaby, we came back stronger than ever. We will be able to provide more services, resources & assistance than ever now, & we’ve become established enough in the music industry to be recognized by the powers that be. There is much to be thankful for. I am blessed to have so much in my life, friends like you who read my blogs, an abundance of things to share, and faith to know that whatever happens, there’s always better stuff ahead. During the rest of this year, I hope that we can all celebrate & be thankful for another day & the promise it brings, knowing that as long as we look in the right place, our paths will be straight & the journey true.

posted songs - June 25, 2007

SOmetimes I do post new/strange material to my myspace profile @ www.myspace.com/mtnbch.
It's my Mountain Beach Productions page, 'cuz sometimes it's also about posting stuff from projects I'm producing too, as most of you know, it's NOT all about me.
:)
I just posted "dad" there, & another wild instrumental track to lighten thing up in case "dad" gets too kleenix-intensive...it's been known to happen when I share "dad" live.
& of course, though it's been a few weeks since father's day, I'm gonna share it tomorrow nite anyway, so I will prolly blog about that in a couple o' days. Check back when you can!
:)

Cousin Dave - November 21, 2006

Thanks for prayin', & for stoppin' by here.
Dave was comin' over to my house before I was born. His dad (my uncle) was very close to my mom (his kid sister) & visited often. So he's is very much my older brother.
As of today, 11/21, he's still @ Olympia Medical Center & will not be home for Thanksgiving, but by the grace of God, he's improving.
At this point, I'll let his wife tell the story:

Dear family,
Dave has continued to get better, hour by hour. I am hopeful that by the grace of God he is going to pull out of this! Around 5 a.m. today Dave opened his eyes a little and was clearly tracking with what I was saying. The nurses are reducing his sedatives to prepare him to "wake up" and begin weaning off of the ventilator (breathing machine) and start breathing on his own.

He's still expected to stay remain at Olympia hospital for at least a few days until he gets stronger and more stable. As stable as he appears to me, the doctors still consider him "very critical" and "unstable." The longer they're willing to give him that designation, the better. He is able to receive more attention in intensive care than he could in a regular hospital room.

The cardiologist here at this hospital said that Dave did not have a heart attack (i.e., where part of the heart muscle dies), but went into "sudden cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation". The electrical system to his heart malfunctioned, his left ventricle began beating wildly, and his heart shut down. From what I've read, in cases like this, death follows within minutes unless the patient receives immediate emergency treatment--CPR and defibrillation (shock) to the heart--precisely what Dave got (see http://www.webmd.com/content/pages/9/1675_57789.htm for an easy to read write up on this).

Eventually (no timetable on this yet) Dave's doctors at Olympia are planning to transfer him to Cedars-Sinai (a highly regarded hospital) for an angiogram (to identify any other problems with his heart) and to insert a pacemaker and defibrillator. If Dave goes into ventricular fibrillation again, the defibrillator will automatically shock his heart to get it started again (it sounds like pushing a reset button on a piece of electronic equipment--Dave should like that!).

In hindsight, while it was traumatic for the band and everyone in the audience, Dave could not have had a better setting for this to occur. Praise God that:

- A doctor and nurse were in the crowd and administered CPR IMMEDIATELY

- The paramedics arrived within a few minutes of the attack and wasted no time in using their defibrillators to shock his heart back into operation

- Dave was taken to the hospital literally next door to where the band was playing. Dave still had tremendous fluid built up in his lungs that was drowning him. He needed immediate medical care to address this.

- An on-call pulmonary specialist came quickly and figured out what was happening. He opened a tube from Dave's lungs and the fluid streamed out. He adjusted the ventilator (breathing machine) to get oxygen flowing in Dave's body.

- God pumped Dave's heart when it was too weak to pump itself. Even at the ventilator's highest settings, Dave's heart was too weak to get enough oxygen into his body. That's when the ER doctors told me to call the family, because they didn't think he'd make it until morning. But God heard our prayers and helped Dave when he could not help himself. Independently, a couple of our friends who were praying over Dave told me that they saw images of God's "hands" massaging Dave's heart.

Please keep praying for Dave's heart to be strengthened and for God's protection as he awaits an angiogram (which may lead to other corrective procedures such as angioplasty or bypass surgery) and insertion of the defibrillator.

"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully commited to him." 2 Chron 16:9

Trusting God,
Cindy

myspace Journal - August 21, 2006

My regular journal is @ www.myspace.com/guitaryoda The reason for this is that myspace allows you to comment right on the journal itslf, so I know you're stopping by.
:)

bonus song - December 20, 2005

Yes, there is a lyric for a song that is NOT on the CD. It was in rotation for over a month on TEE-M's unsigned show back in the summer, & will be posted to listen to as soon as I find the file!
:)
Many of you requested this one for my next CD, & I was really surprised at how many of you took the time to email me while it was on the air.
Let me know your thoughts either by email or taggin' my guestbook!

Thanks! - December 15, 2005

Well, I've only been here about a week, & so many of you have found me! I am humbled & honored that you've taken the time to say hello! The lyrics are still being posted, please keep checking back, I should heve 'em all up along with previews for the next one soon!

WELCOME! - December 6, 2005

Hope you're havin' fun!
New CD, new songs, new friends & a new CD all at once! The JEMS show was amazing, & Sumako Azuma herself performed for the first time in 10 years, brought a tear to my eyes.
I now have 15 original Christmas songs, 32 recent coffeehouse songs, 76 Christian songs, 27 instrumentals & a couple hundred I still haven't decided what to do with yet. let me know whatcha wanna hear & I'll consider that for the next CD!

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