With 62 songs written and copyrighted to date since my first song on October 14, 2008, I must confess I never imagined writing one song. I tried back in college with some lyrics a friend gave me, but it just didn't happen. I love the process of songwriting, from scribble on Post Its or rambling on a lined sheet of paper..........with pencil these days! :-) , to practicing, playing with other musicians, performing and recording. It is really a thrill for me, every song! After reading a lot about Lennon and McCartney and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (Richard's autobiography is great), I've learned that I am going about it exactly as the Beatles and Rolling Stones songwriters did it, just 40 years tardy! Good to know though!
My grandson, Hayden (age 6), wrote his first song about 6 weeks ago when visiting me in San Diego. We were talking about my guitars and got around to talking about writing songs. It was especially fun letting him know songwriting is just story telling and then having him tell me about his day, which turned into a song...........The Road To San Diego. Hayden is also the catcher on his baseball team in Boise, Idaho.
I'm in Idaho currently, finishing up 5 weeks of solitude. It's been great as the weeds haven't started growing yet, so only the spring clean up yard work which comprised 2 days! I tore out my entertainment center and built a new one to house my new 80" tv..............awesome for sports and for that matter watching anything!
Also built a headboard for a guest bedroom, got the boat summerized, replaced my heater (argghhhh) and did the usual fixing of "stuff". Four new songs were written during my stay.
Heading to San Diego on the 11th for 2 weeks, including celebrating my 61st birthday. Last year I was kidnapped for a mystery birthday in Cabo, after I was surprised on my actual birthday by my dad, kids all rallying in Twin Falls to help me ease into the 60's.
In June, I will be flying to Memphis for the Memphis Guitar Show, followed by music stops in Nashville, Asheville (also the Biltmore Resort), Nashville again and Charlotte.
My dad turns 98 in July and that will find me back in San Diego, as always for 4th of July fireworks, viewed from my Dad's front yard, bbq and then his birthday a few days later. Then, a long stay back in Idaho until Thanksgiving! YEAH!
FLAT HAYDEN WITH BRUCE
RYAN NIGHTINGALE OLSON SJ
PETROS CUSTOM D