And now almost live and as live as one can be - Letters From Groovyland South Campus... were I’ve been writing to you everyday from the beautiful La Jolla Resort in Islamorada Florida.
Good Morning Boaters.
The only drawback found in this year’s location of GroovyLAnds annual two man symposium held every five years, is that we are no more that 100 feet from US1 - Trucks and Cars - Busses and Semis all day long. Loud - very loud. Still not as bad as the Train next to the Holland Hotel in Alpine Texas - when they issue earplugs to every guest - you know it’s a bad sign.
It is loud during the day and hard to frogger across - but quiets down during the evening - I’ts 11:00 (RUST 0’clock) right now - and there is barely any traffic.
Things Donovan need to accomplish today - Wednesday
Short time to be Here...
It’s hard to believe that it’s Wednesday already. Time has flown by. Our business trip to this backyard paradise is almost halfway through. We have accomplished a lot, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say “Mission Accomplished.” Not with the business end , at least.
But, a personal milestone has been reached or accomplished. Last December I thought I would never go camping again much less kayak in the open waters of Florida Bay. But here I am - that’s not one of those I have to look like i’m smiling now smiles - that’s the real ting.
I’m tired of repeating myself and I’m sure you have heard the story by now - if haven’t though, it’s on this website - andywardking.com under the "pd and ME” section.
I never get tired of repeating myself when it comes to talking about living and enjoying myself, or any facet of this wonderful existence called life we have been blessed with. I never tire of saying thank you. I never tire of giving thanks. I never tire of counting my blessings. I might get tired, but I never tire of it.
Thank you... Thank You God...
6:30 am (rose:rose) - Conch Time
Donovan is still sleeping as I write this - the light doesn’t bother him though. He has his travel sleep mask on! Before out NYC gig last November I presented Donovan and Chris Musker (my road crew) with a mask as a road gift. If you’ve never tried one - you should - They’re great while traveling when you have little control over the lighting situation. But also, they help me to relax by completely blocking out all the light - basically turning your eyes off. They help me to relax and fall asleep.
This morning we plan on hooking up with Raven around 8am and walking down the street to the local diner - Donovan will foto-document the occasion.
One more thing - this was the final test to see it I was up to it physically, up to working as as band, on the road. - Tonight we will run ourselves through a 2 hour set around 9 to see how I do. And Thursday evening we will most likely set up in front of the very popular Ice-cream parlor across the street, and play from 8- 10. If I can handle that schedule, along with an active day in the sun and on the water, I feel I can handle anything the road can throw my way.
We can honestly say ... (most of the) “Mission (has been) Accomplished."
Until later today my lobster’s - Rock Lobsters.
I hear the sound of rain on the roof - it’s delicious ...it’s perfect stay in side and rehearse weather - If i clears up later we’ll take a bike ride. Off to breakfast in the rain - warm rain - I’ll think of some funny stuff to write here - but until I do you will just have to settle for this - How many musicians does it take to screw in a light bulb - None - the stagehands union requires that one of their lighting technicians do it.
just say yes!
meet Andy Ward King, a professional musician and artist until a diagnosis of parkinons dsease at age 49 forced him into an early retirement., he now uses his music, his art along with the whimsical world he has created in this blog as therapy to ( as he puts it ) outsmart his brain and make the daily battles with parkinson’s a little bit easier, to give him that all important reason to get up on the morning, to make his life worth living. Andy has learned how to say NO to gving up \ NO to depression and apathy \ NO to following willingly the road of decline that stretches before him. he learned that to say no to all of these things all one has to do is say yes. Andy has learned to just say YES to life/\\