So … where do we begin? As you know, it’s been more than a little while since we’ve posted anything here. One possible reason is that it’s faster to post a quick update on Facebook or Twitter or our Yahoo Group. Another, and possibly more accurate, reason is that this blog has always felt a little more personal to us and since, as you know, we’ve been through a few professional and, more importantly, personal changes over the past months, some things, like the loss of a family member, take more than a little time to adjust to and feel anything even remotely close to “comfortable” talking about.
We’ve been splitting most of our time between Chicago and Panama City Beach, Fl., with regular stops in Nashville and one very special short trip to New York for Steve’s brother’s wedding to his long-time partner. During a time of change in our lives, that trip was one of the really positive personal changes that we were incredibly proud to be a part of.
Not surprisingly, another personal change that we’re still working on is the loss of Johnnie’s Mom. Anyone who has been through that kind of loss will understand if we say that each day the two of us and Johnnie’s Dad still feel Joyce’s presence and have the feeling that she’s helping us navigate these uncharted waters. All of the support we’ve received from our family and friends and those of you who have been nice enough to contact us has really meant a lot. Thank you.
Yes, we’re working on some projects, but a lot of our time has been spent adjusting to what our new “normal” is. Hopefully, in a year or so, we’ll be able to figure out just what that new “normal” is but, for now, we’re just taking things day by day and figuring out what feels right.
Do we miss our daily (nightly:-) interaction with you? Of course! On the flip side, are we enjoying the new found freedom of being able to pick and choose the things we want to do when we want to do them? Mmmmm …. YUP!!
For many years we said, as many of you probably have, “Y’know, SOMEDAY we’re going to ….” Well, SOMEDAY is here and our game plan is to make the most of it. Part of that game plan includes carving out time for both some “work-related” projects and some “play-related” projects.
So, is the TV show with Doyle Dykes still in the works? Yep, although, because of the high quality production that Doyle wants to bring to it and the logistics of planning a show that will be seen in both the U.S. and Europe it’s still going to be a while before it comes to a TV screen near you. Also, Doyle has recently joined the Fender/Guild guitar family and has been spending some time at the Guild factory working on a new signature model guitar. The bottom line is that the show IS going to happen and it’s going to be REALLY good when it does.
What about Johnnie’s cook books? Yep, two of them are in the works along with a book we’re doing on Les Paul and a book on some of the people, places and events that we experienced during the years we were living our “Life After Dark.” Oh, and did we mention that Steve is writing some new songs for that long-overdue album?
This is the point where we insert the point that we don’t want to put so many things on the burner that nothing gets done. So far, as the Muse has moved us, we’ve been able to allocate time and space for these projects that were on our back-burner for a long time and make sure we still leave some space for play time. Hey, for years we lived life on both sides of the clock so, for us, this kind of time/space juggling is nothing new.
Some other updates? Sure.
We’ve been long-standing members of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and, for years, our Radio Road Test was a weekly feature of our show. We’re continuing our relationship with MAMA and, thanks to our friends at Consumer Guide, within the next few weeks, we’re bringing our VIDEO Road Test to Consumer Guide Automotive’s new Daily Drive website. Just this week, we spent two days attending the MAMA Spring Road Rally and experienced driving some of the new cars around the Road America track. Trust us, driving a new car around that track at speeds that would quickly get your license suspended IS what it’s cracked up to be. Ooops, was “cracked up” the wrong phrase to use? Oh well, we didn’t and it was fun and we look forward to sharing our thoughts in our Video Road Tests.
Also, this week, we spent some time at Jim Peterik‘s World Stage Studio doing a video profile of Lisa McClowry and Jim for Lisa’s new CD, “Lisa McClowry Sings Acoustic Alchemy.” We’ll let you know when and where you can see the video and when Lisa’s CD is available.
Yes, there’s more, but that’s what future blog posts were meant for and, yes, we plan to do them on a MUCH more regular basis. But, as a friend said, “Take some time to smell the roses.” So, we’re going to back away from this computer and take a little time to do just that.