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Go with the flow, uphill and down

I’m always thrilled when my band packs them in! Take this past Friday night at a local dining spot in downtown Mercer, PA.

J. Hick’s on the Square is managed by Jim Hicks, a fellow musician turned restauranteur. Jim refurbished the place about a year ago and it’s turning out to be one of the better spots in the area for great food, craft beer, and live music of every flavor. Mandolin Whiskey had the pleasure of providing an evening of acoustic rock/folk/bluegrass music the other night and we were thrilled to see a crowd so large that there was hardly anyplace for them to sit, or stand!

I wish I had a nice, clear video to share here but we’ve not taken the time to make one. For the past three or four years we’ve just been goin with the flow. Instead, here’s a few photos of the band and me.

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Shting shtang shtung! (Your brain on music)

I’m inspired by most music I hear, especially live music. I carry some of that inspiration around with me, and  when I’m playing out somewhere with my band, Mandolin Whiskey, it’s used as fuel. Music also fuels other things; my writing, gardening, washing dishes, doing the laundry, conversations, listening, and when not to listen. That last one may seem odd but my brain, and your’s, needs a rest every now and then.

I wonder how long we’d last if thinking required physical exertion? Probably not very long. Some folks go on long walks saying that it helps them think better. Does your brain physically exert itself when you say “I’m going on a long walk to think things over?” Do we think too much? Cerebral congestion, hmmm, is there such a condition? Are we at a point where the deluge of data is deafening? Music helps my noggin clear the congestion, ease the flow of traffic, it steers me into the rest area.

I listen to all kinds of music, but tend to shy away from hip-hop, although I can certainly see the art in it. I’m not big on country music either, other genres such as rap, jazz, and classical don’t frequent my play list much. But again, I appreciate the art that goes into it, and there’s been times when a certain hip-hop or rap song will inspire. My son AJ introduced me to a new genre recently called “trap,” I’ve not added any to my playlist yet, but I’ve heard a few of AJ’s selections and they inspired a thought or two.

While digging mulch the other day I unknowingly disturbed a nest of yellow jackets. Two were inspired by the noisy disturbance to initaite defensive posturing, which of course led to a painful experience for me. I wasn’t listening to music when this happened.