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The Band

(Photo: Dad slapping da’ bass)

They were just a few neighborhood kids hanging out and tinkering on whatever instruments that they could get their hands on, but it was a friend of my dad’s that we will call Fernando that took things to the next level. 1,056 more words

Family History

Making a (No) Left Turn

The deal to work as a private groundskeeper that summer was struck between Dad and one of his well-to-do customers.  Starting on the first sunny day of summer vacation, I quickly learned to appreciate working outside for the prevailing minimum wage, a buck twenty-five an hour. 819 more words


Seriously ... how bad is it when Wikipedia doesn't want it?

While grading my multimedia class podcasts this evening and  trying to determine why some of my students can’t figure out SoundCloud, the cloud-based music- and MP3-hosting service, I ran across the essay linked at the end of this post. 171 more words


The Great Band Battle of 1967

The new year held promise.  Winter was cold, but the No Left Turns were undergoing a small-scale climate change, growing hotter every week.  We were playing for school dances all over the county, looking pretty cool in our matching Beatle boots and tan jackets that resembled salvaged burlap sacks.  750 more words


A Place to Practice

It was spring, and they had just won the Battle of the Bands.  They were excited to think that if they stayed together and practiced maybe they would someday be playing college dances, not crummy affairs in their high school cafeteria with chaperones that only paid $125 to split five ways. 1,588 more words

Heavy Chevy and the Circuit Riders

I was associate director of the Janesville Public Library in 1981 when the phone call came to my desk.  Sue was looking for a master of ceremonies to host a fundraiser at St. 562 more words


Oh, Geez! Part II: The First Gig

The party was at a classmate’s farmhouse on a Saturday evening in June.  We were invited to “entertain” our fellow sophomores as a band.  In fading daylight, the four of us set up our gear on the patio facing east into an apple orchard extending a hundred yards or more.  549 more words