It’s been a busy autumn for me, both with my family and musically. Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Last year, my wife and I cooked all of the traditional side dishes, and a friend of ours (who has sadly moved to Ohio) cooked a turkey and made the gravy. We got together and packed several Tupperware “care packages” of meals which I then distributed to my parents and our kids by driving around Central New York. By the time I got back home to eat my own Thanksgiving meal, it was late afternoon.
This year, my wife and I are inviting all six of our adult kids (and their significant others) to our house, along with some of their friends. It will be a chaotic scene with thirteen of us, but hopefully everything will go smoothly. I will stop over and visit my parents in the morning since they aren’t mobile any longer.
As for music, I’ve been playing about 3.5 gigs a week average since September 1st. That’s much better than it’s been since the pandemic began, but still only half of what I was doing prior to mid-March 2020. As it turns out, between taking care of everything for both of my parents (shopping, errands, doctor appointments, house cleaning, etc) my days are full. Still, I have managed to learn several new songs this fall, and am just getting my Christmas set list together. Each year I choose 20 songs from my list of nearly 100 to perform. This year I’ve picked songs that are rarely heard on the radio, but are classics nonetheless. I’m sure everyone will welcome holiday tunes that aren’t the same 20 that are played on the radio over and over.
Lastly, as I write this, I am recovering from my Covid booster, which I received yesterday. By Monday, I will be ready to hit the road again and bring my music to folks.
Take care, and I hope to see you soon!
Hello again, as we make our way towards Halloween!
It’s been a busy month for me since I last wrote. My wife and I have seen a few concerts (Los Lobos, Squeeze), attended a virtual concert by Symphoria!, spent the weekend in Saranac Lake, took a beer/wine tasting train trip on the Adirondack Railway, and attended two theater productions (Eureka Day, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory). Whew! Since we don’t get out much during the winter, we apparently decided to cram it all into the September & October.
But, it hasn’t all been fun and games for us. I had to have my first root canal (joy) with the following crown fitting, etc…; my wife will be having spinal surgery in a few weeks to hopefully fix her chronic neck pain & migraines; both of my parents went down a few points on their cognitive exams last month at their sixth month checkup; and even our dog had to go to the vet because he wasn’t eating for a few days (luckily he has since recovered his appetite).
In the midst of all of this, I have also played more musical performances in a 30 day period than I have since February of 2020. Hurray! It is so good to be back in front of a live audience. In the early days of the pandemic I recorded several Facebook live concerts along with YouTube videos of 1-3 songs for a few months. But, it just wasn’t the same. Now that I can see the smiling faces, tapping toes and hear the harmonizing voices of audience members again, I truly know that I still have the best job in the world!
I hope to see more of you in the months to come! Please let me know if you are scheduling any entertainment from now to eternity. 🙂
Well, as is typical, summer has gone by way too quickly, while Central New York winters always drag on and on. So, it’s already halfway through August, and I feel like the season should just be beginning, rather than winding down. But, I’ve been busy, having fun and being musical. My wife and I have taken advantage of our vaccinations to see some concerts, do some traveling and get together with friends and family. My wife even did a week of rustic tent camping with some friends this month. When I say rustic, I mean she set up a medieval era viking styled canvas tent and all of the food was cooked over an open fire pit.
As for me, I’ve been playing a few gigs every week while at the same time, revamping some of my set lists to bring back some old favorites, add a few new tunes, and retire some chestnuts that I’ve been playing for years.
As the world opens up to bring in entertainment once again, please get in touch. I’m already scheduling programs with some places for the rest of 2021. I hope that I will be at the top of your list one you have the go ahead to bring live music back.
As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and have a great rest of the summer!
Greetings from Out of the Box Studios!
That’s the name of the entertainment company I started with my wife nearly 20 years ago. We both are musicians and used to perform with a variety of bands. Everything from Renaissance dance music to 1940s swing. My wife went back to work full-time about 12 years ago, and the other band members eventually moved out of the area, so I am the last one still playing music on a regular basis.
Anyway, it has been great to get out and perform live concerts for folks again after being stuck in the house for well over a year. I’m currently playing about 3-4 gigs a week, and am scheduling with some facilities up until the end of the year. I’ve also booked some live outdoor shows at the Regional Market in August. Things really are starting to get back to “normal”.
Please let me know if you’d like to have me come and entertain at your facility. As always, I have a wide range of musically themed programs to entertain from the 1920s-1980s, along with Patriotic, Hawaiian and Christmas music.
Thanks again for your support, and I hope to see you soon!
Hard to believe that it’s already been over a month since I last emailed you. Where has the time gone? Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day have already happened. And next week, it’s my birthday. At least this year we’ll be able to celebrate by going out somewhere.
As well, it continues to be non-stop for me taking care of my parents’ needs. In the last 30 days I’ve had a new furnace, water heater, central air conditioner, roof and driveway installed at their home. It finally appears that things are slowing down at last.
Musically, I’m managing to add some new songs to my repertoire and I’m playing at area facilities 1-2 times a week. It feels very good to “get back to work”. I always say that I finally have the best job in the world, and I’ve had many over the past 40+ years.
Speaking of entertainment, some recreation directors are scheduling me for dates through the rest of 2021, which I appreciate. If you are in a position to do so, please let me know. I am fully vaccinated and still take all precautions as required by each place I perform.
Thanks again for your support, and I hope to see you soon!
I’m so glad that summer is finally here! Wait, it’s still spring, isn’t it? We’ve certainly had our share of everything from snow to August-like temperatures these past few weeks. As they always say, if you don’t like the weather in Central New York, wait a day.
Now that COVID-19 fatalities have fallen to their lowest rate in 14 months, and evidence continues to grow that the U.S. is leaving coronavirus behind, I am feeling like life is getting back to “normal”. For the first time in over a year, my family has been able to celebrate birthdays in person. My youngest will be turning 25 this coming weekend.
I’ve also heard from many of you that you are opening your doors (or at least your outdoor spaces) to live entertainment again. I’ve had several bookings in May, and June is looking to be busy as well.
If you would like to schedule me to entertain your folks, please let me know. I am fully vaccinated, wear a mask at all times unless I am singing, have a plexiglass shield for my microphone, and all the equipment needed for a safe and socially distant concert.
As well, I continue to offer online concerts via Zoom, Facebook Live and Microsoft Teams.
I hope to hear from you soon!
It’s been a very busy month for me for a lot of reasons.
Since the pandemic, I’ve been the main source of transportation for my family when they have various medical appointments. In the first 15 days of April, I took family members to and from 8 appointments. On top of that, I am now fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
In other busyness, I’ve joined an online improvisational music ensemble and have contributed to several songs. It’s interesting to hear what other people do with a chord progression that I came up with.
Lastly, I have started to do live music again at area facilities. Sometimes I am outside (if the weather is nice), sometimes inside (where people are masked and socially distanced). In either case, I take precautions to make it a safe experience for everyone. I have a plexiglass shield for my microphone, and wear a mask at all times unless I am singing.
Let me know if you’d like to schedule a date this spring, I’m already booking into June!
Thanks again for your support!
Well, spring has definitely sprung. Here in Syracuse, the familiar signs are here: geese returning, robins hopping around our lawn, crocuses and snowdrops blooming, and today, rain. We even managed to get a few seeds and young plants in the soil in our backyard garden over the weekend.
My music performances have been picking up a bit over the last few months with shows including a concert of classic love songs from the 1930s-1950s in February, and an all-Irish music program in early March. This weekend I’ll be doing one of my most popular shows: Perennial Sing-a-long Favorites along with some fun Easter songs.
Please keep me in mind to play for your folks when you get the go ahead to bring in live entertainment. As well, I am able to do live video concerts via Zoom, Facebook Live or Microsoft Teams if you’d prefer.
Thanks again for your support over the years!
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