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A fact of life - November 27, 2006

Ok let’s deal with this right up front. First a question then the point.
We’ll call this “An Unexpected Consequence of Prejudice”.

You are swimming in your town’s annual “River Fest”. There are hundreds of your fellow town’s people standing on the edge of the river to watch. Like most towns today your’s is very diverse. You have blacks, whites, straights, gays, Muslims, Jews, Wiccan, Christians etc.. You get the picture. All of a sudden you have a cramp and start to drown..

Now here’s the question.

Which of the people standing on the bank do you NOT want to jump in and save you? You helped these people decide that by the way you treated them long before you jumped into the river.

Now the point.

I’m gay. The fact of this does not define me but it’s part of me.

By the way, I would jump into the river to save you even if I despised you but I would swim harder if I loved you.

It's my BIRTHDAY - November 26, 2006

It’s my birthday. I have a very simple outlook on life. If you look forward to getting older, fatter & shorter you will always be satisfied. It’s great to have your birthday during the Thanksgiving Holidays. The family comes together and try as they might they can’t ignore it. They will all be studiously avoiding the subject and then that one Aunt who loves you, because she doesn’t really know you very well, will say “Happy Birthday”. My Aunt always gave me $10.00.
Here’s a time line:
Grade School: WOW I’m Rich!!
High School: WOW I’m Rich!! <-- (hey gas was only 0.25¢ a gallon when I was in high school) College: Ah.. Thanks. I can’t believe you never forget my birthday. <--(I have good manners) Adult Life: WOW I’m Rich!!! <-- (What? I have to work to get money now.. your values change) I’m not spending too much time here today. I have a lot of unimportant stuff to do. After all, it is my birthday!!

But here’s a thought on singing covers. I had the opportunity to meet Sara Vaughan when I was 19. She said she was going to sing for me then she pinched my cheek and asked me if I had ever heard “Autumn in New York”. I said yes and she smiled and said “no you haven’t”. So if you are going to take the time to learn a cover, take the time to make it your own.

Join me. - November 25, 2006

With the help of Tim Nesbitt I started work on the album that would eventually become “The Journey”. Sadly Tim did not live to see it completed. In May of 1998, at the age of 39, we lost him to cancer. Along with Tim I have a lot of people to thank and over the next few weeks I would like to introduce each of them to you. I would also like to share a few of the things I’ve learned along the way. One of the most important is that “a love that is shared is never diminished”.

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