jamming with the mayor(s)

I play in an 80’s tribute band called Goldie & the Mayors.

This past Sunday, I got a call from a friend, who is also the mayor of a smallish town in Tennessee. He too plays in a band, although his band’s name is much less mayoral. My friend needed to help work out a substitute bass player for an upcoming gig. So he asked me to come over and play guitar to help this guy learn the tunes and get acclimated to playing with the drummer.

I only knew a small handful of the songs, but was able to fake my way through another dozen or so (with a little help from the internet).

The cool part was having to play at the edge of my abilities with a group of musicians I had just met, attempting songs I didn’t really know. All while trying to stay out of the way.

And of course there was no risk fo getting fired for screwing up…because it’s not my band!

Consider This

Palahniuk imparts wisdom from his own writing experience, various mentors, and stories from book tours. The advice is stellar.

Several honorable mentions from the my Kindle and the Audible app:

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke

The Button Man – Andrew Gross

Five-Carat Soul – James McBride

How Music Works – David Byrne

The Son – Jo Nesbo

The Paperboy – Pet Dexter

Boy Swallows Universe – Trent Dalton

Bel Canto – Ann Patchet

Sooley – John Grisham

Breath – James Nestor

A World Without Email – Cal Newport

Greenlights – Matthew McConaughey

Nothing To See Here – Kevin Wilson

Daisy Jones & The Six

murph monday

Until Labor Day of 2021, I had only been able to complete about 82% of a “Murph Monday.”

What is a Murph Monday, you ask?

Short answer is that it’s an hour of insanity invented by a bunch of Navy Seals, named in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy. Details Here.

The longer answer is:

-Run one mile > 100 pull-ups > 200 push-ups > 300 squats > Run one more mile

(A “real” Murph is done with a 30-pound pack on as well. This…I did not do!)

The reason I was able to complete this on Labor Day is twofold:

1- Being a holiday, we had more time to complete all the reps. I was able to complete the whole thing in 53.5 minutes.

2- Because I actually wrote this post on Saturday, 9/4/2021. Labor Day is still a day-and-a-half away!

Celebrating 100 Consecutive Days

Today marks a landmark day of 100 consecutive days of exercise. I run a couple of miles every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are body-weight training. And I take Sundays off.

I’m posting it here merely to document the achievement. Since I don’t routinely update this site, I doubt many folks will actually see it. Thus…less likely to be accused of the infamous humble-brag!

I don’t plan on brining it up in conversation. I don’t do much on social media. So I’m posting it here, mainly for me.