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Sunday
Jun082014

The All-Starr Tour Begins

Hello again friends. Here I am writing from a hotel room somewhere outside Toronto. I know a lot of you have wondered why I don't communicate more. Please understand that if I did have something truly important to say, I would've added it to this blog months ago. Truth is, I really don't have that much to say. I hope you know that I do appreciate your interest in what I do, but I don't feel an urge to communicate regularly (duh, you already know that). It just seems I'm so damn busy trying take care of myself and my family, which is like a full time job. For me, like many of you, days and weeks fly by just taking care of things that are necessary for survival, that I lose track of what is important. Not that I profess to have direct experience of what's important, but I have an idea and yet just getting through the day is usually what I put my energy into.

Someone once said that if we spent half of our time contemplating and meditating on why we're really here on this earth, there would be half as much suffering. Actually, someone didn't say that verbatim, I'm just riffing on what I've read and heard. But it make sense. I've found that when I do have time to sit quietly and reflect, not being in a rush to get something done, those days are usually more meaningful for me. And those days, on the whole, are less conflicted with those around me.

Okay, so let's talk about music. We're back in rehearsals for another tour which starts tonight, Friday, the 6th of June. Hard to believe I'm in my fourth year of being an All Starr. Apparently, Ringo hasn't gotten sick of me yet. Ringo is his usual ebullient self, joking and teasing, loving being the drummer in a band. And this band rocks! For those of you who have seen our shows, you know that it's a special mix of eclectic musicians. It really is a lot of fun to play with these guys and we've all become very good friends. No drama what so ever. Just a lot of teasing and laughing. Not knowing how much longer I'll be doing this, I'm really appreciating being part of it more than ever.

With the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America, and the CBS TV special earlier this year about that, the interest is apparent by the fact that most of these shows are sold out. It occurred to me that people my age (and older.....and younger) who have never seen Ringo or Paul, are probably thinking now is the time as none of us are getting any younger.

I have been writing a bit, putting together an album's worth of songs mostly written in Nashville. I hope to have this finished this year. It's like nothing I've done before so I'm excited to get it done and released. More on that later.

I hope all of you are well and happy and if something comes up that's worth sharing, I'll pass it along to you.
Cheers,
RP