State of the Author: Relieved

Hi, everyone. I’m on a business trip for my day job this week, but I wanted to pop in and let you know that I received my biopsy results. They are benign: no cancer detected. Follow-up in one year. Thanks to those who kept me in your thoughts.

As for that business trip, here’s a bonus track to let you know where I am. Enjoy!

Bonus Track: “I Was The One”

Hi, everyone. Forty-five years ago today, Elvis Aaron Presley passed away. I’ve written before about what he meant to me as a musician. He’s even shown up in one of my books, the award-winning It Happened in Memphis. Today, I want to share a live recording (not very hi-fi, but it’s from 1956, when he was only 21 years old). This video shows not only his amazing voice, but his tremendous sense of humor.

Rest in power, Elvis.

Bonus Track: “Ooh La La”

Well, friends, this is it: the last post in my By Special Request series. I saw Ron Wood at San Francisco’s Fillmore Theatre. He was touring with Bo Diddley whom, oddly enough, I did not get to see. I was staying overnight with a friend and had to catch the last bus to her place … which ran, as it turned out, before Bo ever left the dressing room. This footage is from that tour, but not the show I attended.

Thanks for sticking with me over this 152-day journey. Enjoy!

Bonus Track: “Youth of America”

Hi, everyone. Can you believe it? We’re nearly at the end of my By Special Request project. I’ll wrap it up this week.

Today’s group is The Wipers. Legendary punk musician Greg Sage, the lead vocalist, is the person who taught me how to effectively run a sound board back in the day (as noted in Music, Mayhem, and Bad Decisions). Drummer Sam Henry passed away in February, and his memorial service was incredibly well-attended.

Believe it or not, I found footage from a small club show I attended. Enjoy!