Long time, no blog is what it is! I've been altogether too busy living life on life's terms . . . and performing. My schedule has been crazy this year with a great number of weddings at beautiful local venues like the Joslyn Art Museum, Magnolia Hotel, Georgetown Club, TipTop Ballroom at the Paxton, Grande Manse, and more—even one outdoors in Bellevue's Sokol Park with Ryan and Kristin Gentry, a great couple I am now privileged to know. Add to that a diverse group of corporate events. For Novartis's Annual meeting, at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, a tropical themed event for around 600 people, I brought along Charlie and the Fez Kings to back me with surf/swing music of the '50s and provide their own brand of Jimmy Buffett fun. Other corporate events this year included annual awards dinners for PRC and Northwestern Mutual. Late last year, the Durham Museum invited me to be the featured entertainer for Christmas at Union Station performing holiday favorites in front of the magnificent tree. And lastly, I am so grateful to the folks at the Omaha Press Club, who made it possible for me to put in a cameo at this year's show at the Mid-America Center, performing "There Used To Be A Ballpark," that great old Sinatra number with lyrics adapted poignantly to pay homage to one of the greatest of old ballparks, Rosenblatt Stadium.
Friday night took me to Omaha's Magnolia Hotel for the wedding of two of my newest friends, Michael and Leandrea Monaghan, and three hours of great vocal standards. It was a pleasure to celebrate the wedding of this charming couple in such a classic venue as the Magnolia Hotel. Renovated in 2007, and designed after Florence, Italy's Bargello Palace, the hotel proudly shows off its 1920's Italian heritage with a host of architectural details and classic materials such as travertine and marble. The banquet room decor was stylish, understated, and elegant, and the service was top notch. Planning a wedding? Consider this venue for your downtown reception.
If you're like me, you're trying to cope with a hectic world, accomplishing at least some and possibly most of what you need to. For me, that involves a number of things outside of performing, including the annual garden clean up, planting new and wonderful things, and working hard to get to the point where I can sit back and watch the garden grow. What more could a person want?
And, boy, does it ever drag when you're not. February hit me with two bouts of laryngitis and a host of shows, none of which I missed. I think my training prepared me to sing in a healthy way, even when sick. And, for performers, the thrill is always there, whether we're debilitated or not. There's something about a live audience (as opposed to a dead one—I've had a few of those) that energizes and makes you dig deep. But here we are now, half way through March, and I'm almost back to full vocal health.
Finally, I've entered all the information about me you might want to know. So the site is almost complete except for updating the sound files to take out the holiday music (hey, it's still snowing here in Omaha) and add in some samples of my current rep. I'll add in some pictures too. Last week I sashayed on over to the Warehouse to record the entire male chorus for the soundtrack for a wakeboarding movie. I gather it's a "Jackass" style thing.
British radio's comedy Goon Show coined the phrase "the dreaded lurgy," many years ago in reference to a plot to swamp the British Isles with the most awful malady known to man. It's an apt metaphor for what presently ails me! The thing every singer dreads is an affliction of the throat and I feel as though someone has driven a four inch spike through my tonsils. It will put my performance schedule off for at least a few days, however, it did not stop me devouring home made carne asada tacos and a sope al lengua from El Ranchito on 24th St. this afternoon. Be well and use plenty of hand sanitizer.
Thanks to everyone who has stopped by so far and for your kind comments by phone or email. Winston Churchill said, "The real secret to success is enthusiasm." That may be oversimplifying the case but there's no doubt that passion is a strong motivating force and I hope always to express that in my music.
Just got done loading more audio samples. Yes, I know the holidays are past. I'll take off the Christmas music when I load more regular tunes. Until then, sit back, watch the snow fall in sunny Omaha and pretend it's December 24th.
Okay. So social media's the rage. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter and the rest. Do any of us get the time to sleep or have fun in the fresh air. Only if you have your Blackberry, I suppose. That said, there is a tremendous amount of information on the web and I have been grateful time and again for the "how to" videos and forums that have expanded my knowledge in so many different areas. I'm giving in and subscribing to as many web-based entities as I can manage to link me to you and enable me to promote my talents.