Hello everybody! It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these so I’m
overdue. This past Friday, March 7th was my birthday. I have to say
that getting older doesn’t bother me all that much. Not that we have any
choice in the matter! What I am amazed at is how many kind messages
I received via Facebook, as well as phone calls, texts, private messages
and the like. I was also able to hang with a lot of great people throughout
the day…a lot of people I don’t see very often because of distance. Special
thanks go out to Darlene for dinner and to Nancy for inviting me over to her condo
for some preshow libations. Preshow? Yes, we were headed to the Historic
Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa to the sold out Hairball concert. Special guests
that night was Crashmatic, whose guitar/vocalist Dan is someone that I have become
friends with due to the fact that his is also a tech for my friends The Oddfathers.
I really enjoyed their set. A nice set of driving power pop. When Dan spotted me
in the crowd he said “Is that Mark? Hey everybody, it’s time to call an audible. It’s
Marks’ birthday today and we wrote this song for him on the way down here”.
Naturally I was tripping out on that and it was a very cool thing for him to do.
Thank you Dan. I will never forget it and I appreciate it very, very much. All night
long was hugs from the girls and handshakes from the guys with birthday wishes
galore. Hairball come out a short time later and did their thing, which they do
extremely well. They have multiple vocalists that appear with the main band
throughout their set paying tribute to a number of popular 70’s and 80’s bands.
Van Halen, Motley Crue, Poison, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, Kiss,
etc, etc, etc. People always say to me “I don’t get why a tribute band can sell out
the Surf”. Well, I always tell people “you should see a Hairball show once and then
you’d understand”. They do what they do extremely well and it’s a fun show.
2100 people had a great time on Friday night and I can certainly vouch for that.
In other news, there is more talk about getting a music project or two off the ground.
I think it’s getting closer to fruition. I’m excited. Stay tuned. Also, there are a whole
bunch of national bands that are coming through over the coming months that I’m
looking forward to seeing. I used to go to tons of shows when I was younger until
I hit my late 30’s and then I guess I kind of got burned out on it. It’s nice to regain
that sense of adventure. Here is something I just remembered but I have a couple
of other people I need to thank…my friends Rita and Dave for their words of
encouragement. Thank you for that. It meant the world to me. In a nutshell,
I really needed a day like Friday. It was a true blessing and I felt the love.
One LAST thing…I suck with trying to edit this blog and figuring out the margins
and all of that. I’m probably the king of run on sentences as well. I’m sure those
of you reading this (when you’re finished laughing) can give me some pointers
on how to do this page right and even jazz it up a little. Thanks for reading.