Alpine â€“ stopped in to have a beer at Railroad Blues and introduce ourselves for future gigs. Best popcorn Iâ€™ve ever had. The Groobies are everyoneâ€™s favorite band and they broke up how many years ago?
Lajitas â€“ Got put up in the resort for free because of a future event I am coordinating the music for. Rudolph says that my catch phrase is, â€˜I could get used to this.â€? Apparently, I say it a lot. We sat on the porch near the bar and Cowboy Doug played us a Jerry Reed song and â€˜The Way You Look Tonightâ€™ all western swing-like. Depending on the road conditions, Cowboy Dougâ€™s drive home is 25 â€“ 40 minutes long. â€œRight now I have a car. I wore out all my trucks.â€? The bartender lives 50 miles away in Mexico. Lotâ€™s of Husband and wife teams, both employed by the resort and housed in employee apartments.
The storm. Huge lightning. While we tried to wait it out, Rudolph and I had one of those heart-to-hearts that means we will be friends for life after this tour. Itâ€™s this place, West Texas. It is such a beautiful, vivid existence. The storm got worse and worse to where we soaked through all the way up against the wall, 20 feet from the edge of the porch. An employee drove us back to our cabin. The electricity went out and we wrote a dusty West Texas waltz.
Pick me up where you left off
Take my heart and dust it off
Itâ€™s been a long, long time since you were mine.
If itâ€™s true that you get a quick recap of your life speeding across your eyes right when you are about to die, I am certain that this night will be one that flashes in front of me.
Terlingua â€“ We played the Starlight Theater and much like the small town phenomenon of St Simons Island, the place filled all the way back up with locals after the dinner crowd leftâ€¦ the local word-of-mouth thing is so powerful. Cowboy Doug sent his 12 year old son, Cassidy to check us out that night. Heâ€™s learning bass. They live in an adobe with no toilet. He was totally cool. Rare that a 12 year old can totally hang, converse, and be comfortable with adults like he was. I gave him a CD and since they live nowhere near a record store, I promised to send him more music. Cowboy Doug came after his nightly gig in Lajitas and sat in. He accompanied me on a few jazz standards and sang some of his own. Canâ€™t wait to go back there.
â€œI only like citrus on my seafood or in my beer.â€? – Local
â€œThereâ€™s a lady in Dallas who just sings like you but she plays maracas and castanets. You could learn to do that too.â€? – A man from Dallas who approached the stage and tapped me on the knee with advice on how to improve my show.
â€œI heard you sing like a dove. I would have come, but when my alarm goes off at 3am I always regret going out. â€œ
â€œYou should throw that alarm clock out the window.â€?
â€œI would if I had a door.â€? – Richard Sharpe who spells his name wrong and is the Brunch Chef at The Starlight.
â€œMy wife came with the bar when I bought it.â€? â€“ Chad, owner of the Starlight
â€œThey just jacked up my rent to $200 per month.â€? – Tommy who guided us on a little hike to Cattail Falls.
Marathon – It was the weekend of the actual marathon, Alpine and Marathon are 26.2 miles apart. Rocky was so good to us and such a music trivia buff that I spilled the beans to him about my recent developments, how I took a meeting in Studio A at Capitol. Canâ€™t talk any more about it in case nothing comes of it, but HUGE goosebumps.
We decided just to drive and get home. 6 hours. Coffee is our friend. Arrived at 4:30am and then left again at 2pm for Dallas. Drove straight back home after the Dallas show. Happy Birthday Connie. My very own bed for 4 straight nights.