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I am back recording in the studio!

It’ hard work getting back into the studio and recording.  I’ve got to not only memorize songs but be so focused, diligent, be physically fit and have excellent diligence.  As evidenced by the first video I posted on Youtube, it takes time to get back into it.

 

But with perseverance, I got it going and will post the next video of my playing live in the studio soon!  I will continue to work on recording the demo for my new band “Grave Fables.”

 

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I had the rare opportunity to explore the catwalk, above the rafters at The Paramount and experience the Wurlitzer.

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I was able to climb the steep ladders, crawl over the top of the ceiling, 4 floors above the stage, walk the catwalk and see all of the amazing instruments that are played when the Wurlitzer is engaged inside The Paramount theater.  The Wurlitzer is an amazing organ, only a few are left in the world.  There is one at The Paramount in Seattle.  When the Wurlitzer keys are pressed on the organ, air currents are shuttled throughout the theater, forcing the individual instruments to play, such as drums, horns, dulciana, chrysoglot and even a harp.  The sound comes through the louvers in the wall so that the entire theater reverberates as if an orchestra were playing.  It was a wonderful experience and this instrument and the organ itself, as well as the theater, are a marvel of technology and history, even though they were invented and built 100 years ago!  I have a new love and respect for both.

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Thanks Phil, the caretaker, for this great experience!

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Holiday Season

Although we take time to be thankful during the holiday season, we should be thankful all year long!  There are so many things I have to be thankful for this holiday season, and all year long:  My family, my company, my work, my new house, the songs and albums I have recorded in multiple studios, the multiple books I have written and published that I have now surpassed Charles Dickens, the festivals I have helped organize and run, Christmas snow, road trips, vacation, my man cave, my new giant tv, my new grill, being able to work often from home, taking the train to work, and so many other little things that I blush with how blessed I have been and still am.

My New Year’s Resolution is to be thankful all year long and never forget how blessed I have been and how blessed I am every day.

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I keep in touch with my Celtic roots.

I am Celtic and I keep in touch with my Celtic routes.  This involves eating Celtic food, visiting Celtic pubs, touring Celtic castles and reading Celtic literature, as well as performing Celtic music with Celtic instruments.

Here is our St. Patty’s Day performance where I play the bodhran:

Here is more of our band’s music for free download:

https://www.reverbnation.com/artist/downloads/5258729

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Photo by H.L. Edwards

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Serenity by the sea

I have always found that traveling or walking beside the sea has given me peace and serenity.  Now in my life that I have so many challenges and so many exciting new opportunities, I have found returning to the sea to be stimulating, therapeutic and inspiring.

As I raise my teenager, play in a live band and record studio songs, pursue a new aspect of my job, continue as a professional sports official, publish a current book and begin writing a new one, write a new song and travel the world again, I find the sea is my constant companion and muse.

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Words and photos, copyright 2016 by Edward J. Edwards

 

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I got to play drums live in a band last night (Tuesday)!

So I went to my old neighborhood in Seattle for a writer’s meeting.  Afterward, I went to look up my old pub where I used to hang out there, a Welsh pub called “Cardiff Arms.”  In the past, some of my favorite places of all time have gone out of business, moved, or invariably become a formless bar and grill.  But this time, my former favorite pub, “Cardiff Arms,” was now an Irish pub!  I was so delighted I went inside.  It is now “The Irish Triangle.”  I was so excited.  So I ordered a Newcastle Brown Ale and sat down to enjoy the atmosphere.

Then a guitar player got up on stage and started to play.  He asked if there were any drummers in the house and deja-vu set in for me!  When I first moved to Seattle, I went to the “Dubliner,” an Irish pub in Fremont (Seattle).  The same thing happened to me then and there and I went up to play the drums, and ended up meeting the guys would become my band.  It has been a long and adventurous professional drummer’s career for me, recording an album, releasing a cd, touring the west coast, playing in some famous clubs where other big bands played.  And there I was, last night, starting it all over again!  I had a blast.  We finished with “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd and I nailed it!  So much fun!

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