My first paying gig in 7 months had me performing for residence at a nursing home in Beaverton, Oregon on Tuesday, September 22. I was hooked up via a bluetooth headset/mic that was connected to a small bluetooth speaker that a nurse would take from room to room so the residents could hear me.
Some of the sweetest smiles and reactions I’ve ever received took place. Residence would sing along in their chairs or beds, some of them grooving as best they could. Some of the best 90 minutes I’ve had during these Covid days.
I’ll be performing at the Third Annual Spring Sampling at Rose City Food Park, 5235 NE Sandy Blvd, in Portland this Saturday from 3:30-5pm. The event runs from 12-5. Drop on by and warm up to some great local flavors and brew of your choice.
This Saturday afternoon I’ll be playing some of my originals along with cover tunes at the Rose City Food Park (5235 NE Sandy Blvd) from 2:30-4pm. The weather looks great and so should the food. Stop on by – I’d love to see you.
I have often mentioned how moved I am by this human experience we are all a part of. As a pretty high feeling individual (at least that’s what Meyers-Briggs tells me), I am most deeply moved by those moments when life is at its hardest.
I have found that simply validating a persons hurt, pain and loss, is far more comforting, because the person going through the difficulty feels heard. Sometimes, that’s all we really need. Being heard. Listened too, without judgement or clever bumper-sticker slogans.
Hummingbird at Dusk – Photograph by Aubrey Frimoth
The song “Shattered,” is about validating the hardship. Recognizing the reality of what has happened and offering to listen and just be there.
Jeff and I have played in a full band together for nearly 13 years and off and on as a duo. I invited Jeff to join me this Friday to resurrect some of our favorites we haven’t played in awhile. Our set list includes: Jason Mraz, Hall & Oates, Ingrid Michaelson, Train, Bruno Mars, Dan Folgelberg, James Taylor, along with some original blues instrumentals and whatever else comes to mind. Each of us will also take turns doing some solo stuff, as well.
Join us this Friday evening starting at 6:30. Great way to end your week and start your weekend.
Taking a little over 400 mile round trip working excursion east to Kennewick, WA., to help the Hughes Physical Therapy celebrate 25 years in business. Owner, David Hughes, is the cousin of my wife, Barb Hughes, and he’s hired me to perform music from 11am-2pm this coming Friday in his office in Kennewick, WA.