I’m back in Los Angeles after 4 days in The Ozarks. The Ozarks was a very pleasant change from LA life. Wide open skies, sunny Feb days, cold nights at my dad’s house with the wood stove burning. Amazing home cooking including homemade chicken and dumplings made by my cousin Mike’s wife Nancy from a free range chicken from her yard. The most amazing homemade apple pie made from stolen apples off the neighbors tree!
The only bummer was seeing how crowded it is getting back there…more homes, more businesses, extended city limits, and more lights. You used to be able to see the Milky Way from my dads back porch, now there is a glow at the edge of the horizon (from the bright lights of Branson) that glare enough to make the spiral arm of our galaxy disappear.
It is still very nice…very quiet and very slow moving and I enjoyed every slow moving second of it. I now harbor dreams of building a recording studio on that land and making it a creative retreat for me when my ship comes in.
The funeral was amazing. Bud was a WWII vet and got a 6 gun salute and a full military funeral. I’ve never seen one before. It was a very impressive service.
Going thru the old pictures and finding some old treasures in Buds’ place was fun too. It was great seeing the whole family. My dad doesn’t know what to do with himself now that he does not have to take care of my grandpa anymore.
So here I am, back in LA…gonna rehearse with the guys tomorrow…can’t wait to rock out! We don’t have a gig lined up so we are just gonna jam and see what happens…we NEVER do that, we are a songwriter band, not a jam band…but that may change in 2009. I want to go a bit deeper into the improvisation aspect of the BTB. It should be a good time.