Sunday, July 18, 2010

YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK( but the memories will take you there)

My life has been filled with memories and friends. This last weekend I was invited to come and jam with a couple of friends who go wat back but I haven't seen them in a while. Being true to my word, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to create memories. Problem is, the time was spend reliving all the memories we had created before. At this jam session several other faces popped up. I was totally amazed that these people went on to become talented musicians. Robret Yvon was an old friend that I used to run the woods with and rode bicycles all over the lake (Otsego). To see him running his fingers down the neck of a guitar and making it sound so good was a total shock.Bob and I jammin Paul Halvoron was also a friend that used to skip school and spend time on the lake water skiing and sneaking smokes. He too was there playing his heart out. I thought he was the picture of what a hippie would be- 35 yrs have gone by the wayside since I saw Paul last. Carmine James, Walt Sommer, Paul Halvorson- getting ready for next song We brought up many stories and shared our memories of how we thought things were for six hours or so. The years slipped by and we were together again in another venue and another time doing what we used to do- sharing our time and talents making playing my heart out The reason for this get together is Roy Cox. Roy He was and is a good friend from my band days who has a severe heart condition and was needing some help. So as good friends are supposed to do, we got together and raised some money for him to help with his trouble. Roy has been a good friend to many of the area musicians by providing a place for them to jam, share, and explore. He was a member of many early Michigan bands such as The Liberators, Quoin, Coffee house Blues Band and others. I spent many hours with him at the lake running my hydro- he stole(borrowed) his fathers fishing motor to power the hydro I made so we could run the lakes. And many many hours behind an organ or drum set were spent together playing for fun.
Those in attendance
Roy Cox
Walt Sommer
Carmine James
Bob Yvon
Paul Halvorson
Mark Ames
Richie Blackmore
Brian Brandenburg
Buzz Smith
and 4 others that I did not know

Friday, July 02, 2010

SCOURGE or how I spent my summer vacation

I have mentioned many times that time is lost if you don't use it. WEll, this pring I was invited to participate in a POC film as a leading character. Some of you have called me a character so I decided to take them up on it. The Michigan film industry has been given a shot in the arm by grants and tax breaks, This POC is means of using those breaks and give people a try at being actors.

The film is set 175 years into mans future after an apocalypse. Power is not here, food is scarce, metal is valuable, and man has resorted back to forming small bands or tribes ( I am good at tribes). My character is one of that of an ex military special ops guy who is recruited to help the water farmers. I have not been filled in to his exact history, but, was told to dispatch people quickly with things readily at hand in the environment I was in. (A Mac Gyver fighter)

The first step was to make me look a bit ,ahem, rough. I can do rough.Then I needed a couple of hot sweaty chicks

Next come the bad guys
Then some sharp pointy things to play with
Then find a nasty, dirty, smelly godforsaken place to film it- Like Detroit/Hamtramack abandoned old factories. Throw all these elements together- and you have SCOURGE
Now, schedule the filming to take place when family are supposed to arrive to celebrate my 60th birthday. Spend 4 days getting sweaty, dirty, beat, and bored. Shoot from 3 pm to 6 am, have no idea what they are looking for other thatn-"do what you do". Throw in a bunch of crazies who are a riot to be around. A director who has this twisted view of things and a producer who has the vision but too many things to control and that is how I spent my summer vacation.

a small teaser of the beginning chase scenes

Now, if you want memories, get involved with a shoot like this with 50 other like minded crazies and you WILL have memories to tell your childern and grand kids