Sunday
Oct122014

Here in Dallas 

Things have been going pretty well lately out here on the road with Ringo. But, there is this thing called impermanence, and as everything changes, we've hit a small bump in the road. Not a big deal, but several of us have come down with a pretty nasty sinus infection/cough/cold. Seems like every other day another guy gets it, and guess what, I've got it now. Sharing dressing rooms, our tight quarters on our plane, not to mention getting up close and personal while singing on the same microphone, its inevitable that we'd pass this around. Because I am super paranoid about my voice, this couldn't have come at a worse time. I'd rather suffer any other discomfort if it didn't effect my singing. I'd take a fever, chills, headache, lower GI issues, nausea, even a goiter....... you name it, rather than not be able to sing. Especially because my songs have some really high notes that are hard to reach when I'm handicapped with a sore throat. So, here in Dallas, a very good doctor just made a house call here at our hotel. Gave me a couple of shots that should get me back to normal by tonight's show. Thanks doc......the B12 just kicked in and I'm ready to go to the gym!
RP

Tuesday
Sep302014

Starting in Tulsa

Hey there.....what's happening everyone? I'm in Tulsa OK with the All Starrs yet again. Ringo really digs this lineup of musicians, so we're getting ready for a short 3 1/2 week tour starting here and moving east through the mid west and ending in Florida. Everyone is in a great mood, especially the boss who, at 74, is in such amazing shape. His playing and singing have never been better and he'll say that has something to do with the chemistry and level of musicianship of this band. We still have a great time every night and our audiences seem to pick up on it.
Still working on that album of songs and hope to have it put together soon.
Thinking about all that is going on in the world right now, especially the insanity in the Middle East, a very simple lyric from The Beatles "We Can Work it Out" comes to mind. "Life is very short and there's no time for fussing and fighting my friend". How timely is that?
May everyone have happiness.
RP

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

Tuesday
Oct292013

Back Out With Ringo

Hi, So again I slink out if the shadows to say hello and let all of you good people know that I'm still here. Not that you were worried that I wasn't or anything.

I'm in São Paulo, Brazil again with Ringo. Bless him.......he hasn't gotten sick of me yet. Speaking of sick, I picked up a nasty cold on the flight over. We attended a wedding of my daughter's childhood best friend the night before and I felt it coming on, but instead of taking it easy, I went for the double shot of Patron thinking it would help.......it didn't. Oh well, a lesson still unlearned after so many years. Just praying I have enough voice to get through tonight's gig, then a day off and I should be fine.

Since I have so much undistracted time here in my hotel room being quiet and resting, I thought I'd say a bit about how amazed I am with the amount of affection I feel from the Facebook page
created by Nerys Wheatley. I finally found some time to take a look after brother Rob let me know about it. Wow.......so many things I'd forgotten about or had never seen. Pictures and links to YouTube videos, interviews, etc. Just an endless amount of stuff about my life that I could never have put together myself. There's even a shot of Linda and me at a restaurant with my first daughter Alisha that I don't have and have never seen. Karen George (I assume no relation to Steve) contributes the most stuff. She had to have spent hours finding all this. I'm amazed. The picture of my junior year high school concert choir (really goofy looking seventeen year old). I'm sure all of this is now findable on the Internet, but the shear amount of time it takes is impressive. And thanks for all the kind words you all have written. I'm humbled to know what I've done has touched so many. It truly makes the journey well worth it.

On another front, I'm very excited about some of the songs I wrote on my recent trip to Nashville. I will be looking into putting together an album of these songs in the coming year. I've found a somewhat effortless flow writing these songs. I guess you could call them country music, but to me, there's a blurred line between country music and pop music these days. In any case, I'm enjoying the process and think you all will like the results.

Again, much love to all and please enjoy each day you have been given. R

Wednesday
Aug282013

RP Update

Hi all,
Yes, I'm still alive. Heart ticking, lungs pumping, etc. Not much to say. I am trying to remember the impermanent, illusory nature of things and not get too worked up over stuff that doesn't matter. A daunting task to say the least.

I've been doing quite a lot of writing. Believe it or not, I'm really having a great time writing some country songs. Focusing on story telling mostly. Enjoying it immensely. Seems like country music today is really just pop music with a pedal steel guitar and mandolin. Right in my wheelhouse. I will be sharing these songs with you all, or ya'll, at some point. First priority is getting these songs cut by current country artists, however, that won't stop me from sharing my versions with you when I get a few more written. I suppose I have some country 'street cred' in that I spent my first ten years in Montgomery, Alabama, although my memories are mostly of the church music I heard from being the child of two church musicians. Country music back then was pretty basic. My parents never would listen to it being the 'educated musicians' they were. I got hip to it in the seventies when The Eagles, Jackson Browne and others were doing their versions of it. Always loved the simplicity.
I'll be traveling to Nashville soon to do some co-writing with some of the writers down there. Looking forward to that. Then I'm off to S. America again with Ringo in November. Guess he hasn't gotten sick of me yet. Bless him.
Hope ya'll are having a great summer and things are reasonably calm in your lives.
Cheers,
RP