If a cat has nine lives and can live for say 20 years, I figure a human must have at least four times that, right? So, I’m thinking I have lived probably about eight of my 36 lives and, therefore, have many more to go. That’s a good thing, because there is a lot I still want to do.
Here are my eight, so far:
· Legal Assistant
Here are two I haven’t done yet:
· Dancer (I may have to wait for my next time around on this one, though in my younger
days, I could have been caught dancing on pool tables at parties, but don’t tell
· Writer (not pro, anyway)
For this bio, I’ll focus on MUSICIAN:
The fireplace warmed the cozy recording studio in Long Beach, CA, as I sat with my good buddies, Sharon and Andre Mathews. The two tranquilly played their guitars and sang while I listened contentedly. They graciously allowed me to join in, despite my not knowing the words, the melody, or even how to sing. Feeling triumphant, I announced that I, too, would like to play guitar, sing, and write my own songs. I admitted that I possessed limited skills, however; I knew only three chords (G, C, and D) and could barely play them. True friends that they are, they responded that lots of songs have just those three chords, and with a little help, I could soon be on my way. That moment changed me, beginning one of the best rides of my life.
Sharon took me down to Guitar Center where I purchased my first real guitar (a Fender). We began working together in earnest, writing a “plethora” of songs. We debuted at the Spring Fling music event in Elgin, TX. Joined on stage by top musical talent at the Fling, we performed with an incredible ten-piece band! With the love and support of those lovely people, Sharon and I felt encouraged to continue.
(Foreshadow note: That night I met Rick Dinsmore, my future music partner and “true love.” )
Sharon, master-promoter and stage performer extraordinaire, got us a regular gig at The Regal Inn, in Long Beach, CA. Our band name? SharonandJocelyn.com, of course. Sharon taught me all she knew about stage set-up and performance, including how to neatly coil a cord, how to put together a set list, how close to get to the mic, … you know, everything. We even went out and bought our own PA system, speakers, mics, cords, and all. We had SharonandJocelyn.com hats and t-shirts, too! We were becoming pros, man.
Our band grew. Andre joined, bringing with him not only his amazing talent as lead guitarist, but also his first-rate song-writing skills and extensive repertoire of songs (covers and originals). Eric Bierke signed up to play bass (one of the best in the business), adding his outstanding talent to the mix. He brought in Gary Guadron on drums. Gary instantly got our music and immediately complemented the sound. Now we were Bandera Highway. Many gigs at many different venues followed… lots of hard work, growth, fun, and excitement.
As things go, things change. The changes include moves and new bands. Guadron moved to FL. Bierke stayed in CA and continues to play expert bass in and around SoCal. Sharon and Andre relocated outside Austin, forming their hot group, The Love Band, now called The New Texas Love Band. You can find them rocking the house every other Friday, 5:30 p.m., at Quoffer's Pub in Elgin, TX. (Andre also plays in The Louvres and The Lunar Rollers.) I am now outside Austin, too, with my current music mentor and partner, Rick Dinsmore.
The rest is ongoing history. I like to think that working with Rick over the past years has taken me to whole ‘nother level of musicianship. I know I sure am enjoying the ride.