Hey, I'm sorry there hasn't been
an email special for the last two weeks. I was completely tied
up preparing for last Saturday's "Night Of The Singing Dead" Halloween
The show, by the way, was a great
success on several levels. The audience loved it and we made
a lot of people happy. That's always a good thing. Also, it was
a chance to get together and play music with my friends... and
that's really good. As I was playing drums I let all of the day-to-day
trials and tribulations of running a business fade away... and
sat back and enjoyed watching some talented people sing and play
around me. (What do you call a guy who hangs around with musicians?
And, I loved playing a variety
of different songs, even disco! (Phat Man Dee was wonderful as Vicki Sue Robinson
singing "Turn The Beat Around." And Arthur Stewart
as Barry White... you just had to be there...) Of course, I completely
understand that the only way to make big money in the music biz
is to do your own material. But it's also fun to play other folk's
hits. Our Halloween show was all covers, and it was a blast.
To celebrate the fun of playing
someone else's music, this week's email special will be Half-Off
any of our Sheet Music books. Green Day, Elvis, Hendrix, Creed,
Indigo Girls, U2, The Beatles, Weezer, Tom Petty.... come in
and buy a book, take it home and play the songs with your friends.
It'll be good for ya.
See you soon,
PS: This is on a totally different
topic, but I'm so annoyed that I wanted to complain. I was watching
the Country Music Awards on Wednesday night, and right in the
middle of the show my cable went out. (It was a good show, by
the way. Even if you're not a country music fan it was great
to see all of the cool guitar playing going on. Vince Gill was
using an early `50s Tele. George Strait had a Guild D-55. Some
new guy was using a very nice Martin D-45. Jimmy Buffett was
using the new Martin Jimmy Buffett model. And there were lots
of Gibson J-200s...) Anyway, I went outside to see if the wires
were still hooked up. I jiggled all of the cables behind the
TV, I unplugged TiVo, etc, etc... Still nothing. So I gave up
and waited until last night (Thursday) to see if it came back.
It didn't. After checking with my brother Jerry, who still had
cable, he suggested I call 1-888-Comcast. I did... and had to
listen to 10 minutes of recordings before I found my way to a
human. And you know what she said? She said, "Some of our
cable boxes are outdated and we want to replace them, so rather
than send a letter we decided to just shut off folks' cable until
they call us. Then we can schedule an appointment to change the
box. " I said, "What??!??" She said, "Yeah,
we figured that was the best way to get peoples attention. When
can we change your box?" I said, "Tuesday." She
said, "OK, I'll turn the cable back on." And she pushed
some buttons somewhere, and I had a picture again. Isn't that
unbelievable? Cable is ridiculously expensive, yet their approach
to customer relations is to, without warning, shut off services
in the middle of prime time, just to force you to call the service
department!! No wonder so many people hate the cable companies....
PPS: Thanks for listening to
the above rambling.... I feel better now.
PPPS: Customer web site: