11/19/2010

Come for a drink, stay for the music

Sometimes  the best things are left to chance and I couldn't have better proof than the event that happened last evening. My folks went out to dinner with friends and with nothing good on TV I decided to take a trip to the Cornerstone. Usually I go there only on Thursday nights to  hang out with my friends, but the Coronas and shots of Jack Daniels were calling. I got dressed and called up Westwood Taxi, I was sitting at the bar by a little after 9PM.
Usually there's a DJ playing dance music  way too loud, however when I entered the bar that evening much to my delight I saw a drum set being setup in one of the side rooms. The owner who just knows me as "J"  caught me sneaking glimpses and said it was something new at the Cornerstone. They would host a band one or two Saturdays each month, the first band  in this "concert series" was The Brian Dougherty Band. I was very impressed that my "local bar" was starting to host  bands!! The band started playing hit s from the late 60's and early 70's, I was entertained. During the first set I made  up my mind I had to write something the evening. It then occurred to me I needed some notes. So I quickly went  to t he bar and asked for a pen and paper. I received a long sheet of paper from t he credit card machine which  would be the last choice my chicken scratch . Before I knew it I was sitting down a few feet from Brian, the bands lead singer the extremely talented female vocalist Rosie Berlinghof who according to the band's MySpace page, ".....brings a strong, soulful voice to the classics which include Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow and Chrissy Hines." If you think the bands just boasting, let me put your  doubts to rest, she definitely held my attention through  the entire set.
The band also does decent covers of some of the most recognizable legends of rock and  roll including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, CCR, Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Journey and Neil  Young. I enjoyed every minute of it and didn't get home until after 1:30!!
It's too early to say whether or not I will get an "official article" or even an interview out of this entry, but  I can try..............stay tuned!!!
Please visit the bands MySpace Page at:The Brian Dougherty Band.

11/10/2010

2 Months of writing

After taking September off to collect my thoughts and really focus  on getting my head straight, I figured October should bring some decent writing......I wasn't disappointed. It  started with the trip  out to Hershey, like I have been doing with the Field Dayarticles, I decided to spruce up the journal entry on here and submit it to the Frog Holl Tag Trader edited by Lynda Walker. Hopefully that will appear in their December issue.
Secodly, and more of a political tone, just in time for the elections, I was writing in defense of former  Councilwoman Joanne Howely, who in my opinion really got smeared for minor problems.While in the end she wasn't exactly innocent, I felt she needed to know someone out  there supported her. I also found ir was a way to keep my batting average  up! It also proved to add to my popularity in town, in good and bad ways!
Third and definitely the most rewarding from a writing standpoint, after a couple years absence I composed three new poems. The first is something new I started toying around with when my nephew, Zander had his blessing back in May. Chris and Natalie wanted me to write a poem Natalie's sister Sabrina could read it. Usuallyh I write poems when people I care about pass away, it's my way of mourning. I tried something new to celebrate a birth. The name of a new born is the second gift they recieve, the first obviously being thegift of life. So I typed ZANDER BRUCE MATTES on the screen. Then I typed it vertically and came up with some advicce for him!! Mom suggested we buy some baby paper to print the poem on and frame it. We framed two copies, one to give Chris and Natalie, one for my mom. A few months later my friends George and Carol Fusco welcomed baby Goergia so I decided to see if lighthning can strike twice and it did!
Unlike over the summer when I questioned if I would ever write again (well not really, just seemed like a long time), this fall joyous and sad events in my life have provided plenty of material.