Happy New Year!
To the tune of "It Was a Very Good Year":
Two thousand seventeen
It was a very good year...
It was a very good year
For me in my bubble in Washougal.
I married Kelli Rule,
Opened my music school,
I went to Portugal.
This year's been pretty cool. :D
[see video of me playing and singing it here]
Things are well. I spent 8 days in Portugal with Kelli for our honeymoon: 3 days in Lisbon, and 4 on the island of Madeira. It was fantastic! You can view photos on Facebook here.
The Washougal School of Music has been growing steadily; I have several new students and have been teaching more than ever before. Thank you Washougal! I awarded a Student of the Year 2017 to a hard-working youngster, along with a scholarship. :)
Last year my involvement with 4 bands ended...I'm paring down a bit. Still, somehow I'm gigging every weekend night in February! 4 bands left.
And in another major lifestyle change, last month I joined a gym and have been working out 3 times a week! I enjoy it and feel fit.
Shows this weekend:
Friday: I'm playing a show with the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra, filling in as a sub. The music features epic, challenging original scores of 20s/30s tunes; I play banjo and wear a tux!
Saturday: Jenny Sizzler plays at FoPo hotspot Starday Tavern. I'm on MIDI guitar these days (after 9 years on keys) and loving tearing it up! The new CD is worth picking up, too. 9pm, free.
Sunday: the Hot Club of Hawthorne plays at the beloved and venerable Laurelthirst Public House during brunch. Swing dancers show up and do their thing! noon-2pm, free (but please tip if you can).
and next Saturday the 27th, the pirate band Bilgerats & Pyrettes plays all night at the O'Neill Public House. 9:30, free.
Hope to see you!