Thirty years ago, Sol Cat racing catamarans
used my song “Once is Enough” for a commercial,
and made me “Camaraderie Chairman.” They
gave me a free Sol Cat and paid my expenses to all the
regattas around the country, and my job was to sing
and play around the campfire and at the awards banquets.
It was a great period of my life.
I put down my music for 25 years, and
became “responsible,” but picked it back
up a few years ago when my sister was dying of pancreatic
cancer. Along the way, I lost my gall bladder and half
of a lung, survived cancer, made a fortune, and lost
it all in the Crash of ’08. I lost my oldest daughter
last year. I became acutely aware of my own mortality,
and realized my music is all I ever really wanted to
do. I have been playing around the South Bend area (I
moved here 3 years ago from the Rocky Mountains), and
several musical acts have started playing my songs.
Some of their recordings, and now mine, are played on
local radio on a regular basis. I was one of the winners
of a talent contest put on by the American Countryside
Farmers Market, and they’ve had me play a few
places. Several local acts have me sit in for a few
of my songs whenever I’m at one of their shows,
and joHn Kennedy (of Kennedy’s Kitchen) and I
have recently co-authored several songs.
I’ve recently started getting
a lot of bookings at local retirement homes, etc., because
this is one type of crowd I’m very comfortable
with. They listen, interact, and genuinely have a good
time. I enjoy helping people enjoy themselves.