Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Bert used to talk about a place above the old Holzwarth Ranch where you could hike up to an old bench that looked out over Phantom Valley. He said there was a jar under some rocks next to the bench with notes people had written over the years and he used to love to hike up there to sit and read them.
I eventually found my way to the bench one summer and wrote a song about it, as I'd promised Bert a few years before. The song will be on the new CD this spring. I also wrote a song about Bert's old guitar, along with my friend Jon Cook, which is on the 'Live at Pancho & Lefty's' DVD. I miss Bert and his stories and am forever grateful to have known him.
"I found the jar of memories
'neath rocks to keep them safe
beside the bench I'd searched for
worn gray and frail with age"
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
When Ronnie Roo and I built this coral years ago, we thought it would be high enough to keep a horse in with no problems. We also didn't figure on using it in the Winter, but let me tell you this new horse is so tall he can just step right over it. With the snow now piled up to the top rail in places, he just comes and goes as he pleases.
I'm not sure what breed he is, maybe I'll ask Jon Cook or 'The General'. He's kind of ugly and doesn't mind very well, but I've kind of taken a like'n to the old boy. I wonder if they make a saddle that can fit a humpback stallion? I shouldn't need a bridle though, as I can just hang on to his antlers when they grow in this summer!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Walter found his way to Grand Lake almost twenty years ago through a mutual friend...Eddie Phillips. Eddie and Walter had played music together in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and 'The Pub' here in Grand Lake had hired Eddie to play there. Eddie called Walter, who was now living in Boston, and he agreed to come out to play with Eddie for a week.
That was twenty years ago and Walter's still here, lucky for us! He has played on all my CD's and did the horn arrangements also. Walter has played all over Grand County and even dared to 'road trip' with Mac and me to places like Colby,KS / Flagler, CO. & Davenport IA.
He's been a member of the 'NO NAME BAND', 'MANGO CHUTNEY', the 'Walter Holland Quartet' and '9-TOED BOB & THE STRAGLERS'. I guess Walter has probably played with almost every muscian in Grand County at one time or another. His services are always in demand. I'm proud to call him my friend and look forward to seeing him this Saturday Night at the Lariat for 'Jimmy Buffett Night', our annual cabin fever breakout.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sometimes living in Grand Lake takes some creativity to accomplish a goal. Take for instance a time many years ago when the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District offered flyfishing lessons for women. Well there were several men who wanted to learn to flyfish but were told there were no classes for men. No problem; with the help of the theatre's costume department and several 'toddies', DW, JD, Aligator Al and myself dressed ourselves for a fine day of fishing with our unsuspecting instructor...'Ranger Sam'. We showed up just a few minutes late and while Sam was busy getting the 'real' ladys ready, we snuck up and surprised the hell out of him. After a long visit with uncontrolable laughter and the threat of some kind of 'sex test', we retreated to the security of our favorite local tavern and swore ourselves to secrecy regarding the whole affair. I believe the statute of limitations has long past and so I have decided to break the silence and report the episode here in my Blog. So remember; living in a small town with little oxygen and too much alcohol sometimes takes a bit of creativity to survive!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I'm not sure when this ritual began, but it's been a tradition at 'The Rope' for many years and many celebrations. From birthdays to anniversaries, weddings, batchelor and batchelorette parties, the 'Chicken Hat' has adorned the heads of many an unsuspecting victim.
I believe Dan Jones or a friend of his first made the hat (this is probably the second or third reincarnation). It's good to know the celebration still continues and Lisa can be proud that she is just the latest in a long line of 'suckers' lured into testing this fowl weather gear. Congratulations Lisa and many more Happy Birthdays from the Lariat hen house!!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
This Winter has dumped quite a bit of snow already. Our big snow snow months are yet to come (March & April). As you can see, the Tipi looks more like an upside down snow-cone these days. Now is a good time to plan a little get away to 'Somewhere with a Beach'.
Today's cloudy but not as cold. There's a full eclipse of the moon tonight, but the skies will have to clear to see anything. A good day to work on songs. I'm working on a new one called 'No Bad Days' that has a bit of a Caribean feel. Guess I can dream of warm weather anyway.
That's about all for now. Probably go to the Lariat tonight to play a little Trivia with 'Nine Toed Bob' and the gang. Later, Corm
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This is the view from Barefoot Beach Belize on Caye Calker. Jeanine or Jaa(as we refer to her in Belize) and our friend Lana Weeks will be going there in March for 5 nights. If I have all this blog stuff figured out by then, I will try and update the blog during our travels. This will let folks know what we're up to and also help to keep a journal.