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My latest song is a rock ballad that features my vintage Gold Top Les Paul guitar. I recently had it set up by Brandon at The Music Store and it is playing so wonderfully now! There are several tracks and I feel this is some of the best guitar work I've ever done since I was able to relax and feel the melody instead of being intent on the technical proficiency of the performance. I also included my newest Native Flute in the chorus which just happened to be be in the right key for the song. Lyrically this was inspired by my wife who I know loves me and shows it in so many ways that I take for granted most of the time. The cover image is from the Léopold Sedar Senghor bridge we visited in Paris where lovers buy locks, make a wish, and throw away the key into the Seine River once they secure the lock. In 2014, another bridge in Paris, Pont des Arts (aka the love lock bridge), actually collapsed from the weight of 700,000 locks...that's a whole lotta' love! The song is available on all streaming platforms to download and listen. Here is the link to the song on YouTube, thanks in advance for taking a listen! https://youtu.be/Z-tqRl5LQL0
Sometimes a once in a lifetime opportunity comes around for the second time. I've been fortunate to have been the concert photographer for Ringo Starr on two occasions now. Oh, and by the way, I did photograph one of the other Beatles in concert, I think his name was Paul. Ringo's "All Starrs" were mostly the same on this tour with the exception of the keyboard player switching from Gregg Rolie (Journey/Santana) to Edgar Winter. In addition to playing Beatles songs and Ringo's solo songs, they also played the hits of the other members of the band including Toto songs featuring Steve Lukathur on one guitar and Men At Work songs featuring Collin Hay on the other guitar. Unfortunately I had to leave early after taking pictures, but I believe that Edgar Winter treated music lovers to Free Ride and Frankenstein! To see more of my photos and read the review, go to the Burning Hot Events webpage here https://www.burninghotevents.com/2023/05/22/ringo-starr_05-20-23/ .
The summer concert series kicked off this month for the Talking Stick Resort Amphitheater (which used to have many names like Desert Sky Pavillion, Cricket, Blockbuster, Ak-Chin, etc.). My wife and I decided to buy the lawn pass again this year and already we've gotten to enjoy some great shows. First up was UFest from the radio station 98KUPD and higlights for me inlcuded our hometown boys The Black Moods, the sisters from Mexico in The Warning, and Chester Benington's first band Grey Daze (other acts included headliner Godsmack, Fozzy, I Prevail, and Nothing More,). Next was the Grateful Dead act (called Dead and Company), headed up by guitarist/singer John Mayer. Then the month concluded with back-to-back concerts with Shania Twain (with Hailey Whitters opening) and Matchbox 20 (with Matt Nathanson opening). Lots of good bands coming this summer and it's been great hanging out with my wife and some friends there at each concert. More to come!
Upcoming - The Bodypainting Extravaganza at Phoenix Fan Fusion.
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