I could go on and on about the blues (and other genres) greats I get a chance to shoot the breeze with in the weeks leading up to Blues Fest, but I’m sure people are tired of hearing about it, which is understandable. I must admit, however, that J.J. Grey was extremely gracious and great to talk to. Lastly, I’m beyond excited to chat with blues legend and harmonica player James Cotton prior to Chenango County’s best festival of the year (in my humble opinion).
One thing I can tell you, that whole NFL lockout – not to mention the debt ceiling deal – must have rubbed off on me. For the first time in well over a month I came into the office with no immediate idea what to write for my weekly column this morning. Everything worked out okay in the end, thanks to our federal government and its inspiration for said opinion piece. Procrastination at its best.
I must say I’m a little sad that I won’t be able to participate in the Norwich Theater Company’s fall production of “Annie Get Your Gun,” due to my complete and utter lack of free time this summer. I warned the group – when informed I was thrown into the cast following an impromptu performance at its talent show a couple of months ago – that it would be difficult (if not impossible) for me to participate. Sadly, between work and my performance schedule with the Master Thieves and Voodoo Mystics, I’ve missed (and would continue to miss) rehearsals for the show. Regardless, they have an amazing amount of talent cast for the production and I’m sure it will be a great one.
Being the gleeful optimist that I am (yeah right), I’m guessing I’ll be able to pick up my car (a.k.a. The Green Machine) sometime this afternoon. While it hasn’t been all that bad living without it, I must say it takes me back to my early days here at The Evening Sun, when I had no wheels of my own whatsoever. Now if it can only make it a couple of months or – God forbid – a year or so without breaking down, I’ll be getting somewhere (no pun intended). Unfortunately, I think it’s almost time for a new vehicle, and how I’m going to swing that one is beyond me.
With that said, I’m extremely excited for J.J. Grey & Mofro’s performance Thursday night in West Park. If you’re into music at all, particularly a great live show, don’t miss this one. I still can’t believe the Chenango Blues Association managed to get this band, for free no less, to perform here in Chenango County. This is going to be one heck of a show!