Welcome to Tuesday the 14th of November.
I’ll be at the Hearing Room on Chelmsford Street in Historic Lowell Massachusetts for the Open Mic tonight with Rick Cande and Company. Sign ups start at 6:30 and we run from 7 until 10, so stop by if you happen to be in the area to hear some very talented artists. It’s always a great group of people, and it offers a great opportunity for budding artists, poets, and musicians of all ages to play and perform. So bring your instruments or just bring your favorite beverage and a friend and check it out. You will be glad you did.
Mark your calendars; on Tuesday, December 6th I will actually be hosting the Open Mic at the Hearing Room for the first time. Then on Friday, December 9th, I will be performing from 6 until 10 at Angela’s in Tyngsboro Ma.
And now a few words from our sponsor;
It’s only ten days until we celebrate my favorite holiday of the year.
Thanksgiving is the one day that most of us will actually take at least a minute or two to reflect on what we should be most grateful for in our lives. It’s a chance to reconnect with family or friends, usually around a dinner table laden with a large turkey and countless dishes full of special recipes that have been passed on for a least a couple of generations. It’s a day filled with High School Football, 5K’s, too much travel, and old guy’s napping on the couch after eating too much.
It can be a bittersweet day as well, as we think of those loved ones that have passed on to the next realm, and those, that for geographic reasons, just could not make it home for Thanksgiving. But then we are drawn back to the moment by the people we love that are gathered around us and we can be truly thankful for the joys and blessings this special day brings.
So I have a just three requests for this Thanksgiving;
First of all, can we let Christmas wait until at least after the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone? Nothing against Christmas, except for the commercial bull$hit that’s taken the Holiday over,, but doesn’t Thanksgiving deserve it’s own time in the spotlight? I am already seeing way too many advertisements with jingling bells, Christmas trees and the fat guy in the Red Suit. Buying an expensive car has nothing to do with Christmas so this year just once can we give it a rest? Oh, and since we are on the subject, Lexus is nothing more than a souped up glorified Overpriced Toyota, and Santa does not drive a Mercedes, or a Fiat!!!
As for my second request, Please don’t talk to me about Black Friday sales and shopping because I do not want to be any part of making people that happen to work in retail leave family and friends on a Holiday just so someone can get a deal on a new flatscreen or whatever. I do not understand why people that just spent time observing “Thanksgiving” have to run out to the mall and buy more stuff.
Lastly, if you know anyone that has no one to share Thanksgiving with, invite them into your celebration. The Holidays are a difficult time for many people, so in the spirit of giving Thanks for the Blessings we have received, share the bounty. And if any of you have no one to share your day with Elise and I extend an invitation.for you to share the day with our family.
Just give me a little heads up so we can make enough stuffing and green bean casserole.