It has been a while since I've posted. I've been very busy, and many things have happened. This will be a very brief post, but rest assured, more are coming soon.
Last week I experienced some of the very highest highs - the topmost being that I got on a big stage in front of 800+ people with a fabulous group of gals and sang one of my favorite songs - "Pour Some Sugar on Me." There will be a much more detailed story on this later, but suffice it to say, I'm hooked on the audience. :)
Last weekend I started on a downturn when I came down with a major sinus infection. I've got meds, and I'm trying to get better, but somehow I'm feeling worse.
But, the lowest of the lows came early Wednesday morning when I learned of my brother's passing. He had been very sick with kidney cancer, and various other maladies prior, and my only consolence is that now he's no longer in pain or misery.
Chris was a major influence in my life; whether he ever knew that, I don't know. If it hadn't been for him, I don't think I ever would have taken the initiative to pick up a guitar, take lessons, start singing karaoke, start working on my own live music act, and ultimately would never have experienced the high of singing on that stage in Cleveland last week. I remember fondly our last conversation, where he gave me advice on the make and model of upgraded guitar he recommended that I look into. My first priority to honor him will be to head to the Guitar Center and try out some Takamine acoustic/electrics.
I miss him terribly, and am looking forward to the day when we can jam together with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Rock on, Chris!