Good Morning Sol Sisters and Brothers.
If I slept for 9-10 hours Tuesday night - slept like a baby, then why did I sleep for 3 hours last night waking up at 2am this morning - dog tired but unable to go back to sleep. I guess that’s just the way it is. I shouldn’t complain, at least I’m not in very much pain. Although pain can (to me) be a good thing, better yet, not a bad thing. It reminds me I’m alive. But there is a different kind of pain, a pain you might not even notice or feel, but’s it’s there and very, very real. The pain of loneliness - the pain of being lost - the pain of sadness. That’s the type of pain Mr. Allen Collins suffered with, sure he had physical pain - but I think it was his spiritual pain that eventually led to his death.
I’ve written before of my time spent with Allen, but I feel it bears repeating. I worry sometimes when I write about someone other than myself. I worry that I will offend that person or their family. This is one of those times. But I still am going on with this, I spent a short time with Allen but we talked a lot and I felt I almost became his friend. And if I do offend or upset any of his survivors or close friends, I am truly sorry. That is defiantly not my intention. I had and still do have the utmost respect and admiration for Allen, and I believe his spirit knows that.
What started me thinking about this was a post I saw last night. I thought it was from Randall Hall, One of the guitar playing treasures that Jacksonville has produced over the years - but it might not have been - I have trouble following the thread and mix up who started what. I thought it was from Randall and since I played in the very last gasping breaths of the Allen Collins Band and then a little while later did a couple of gigs with Randall I figured I’d write him a note - It went like this - first I'll give you the content of the original post.
The Very "Short Lived" Allen Collins band. They did not do much due to Allen's Drinking, Drug, and depression issues, still put out 1 album with some good tunes on it. Left-Right Billy Powell, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson, Randall Hall(Who Toured with the the new Skynyrd after Allen's Car crash that left him in a wheelchair)Barry Lee Harwood(From Rossington Collins Band, Also played dobro on the Street survivors album) Derek Hess(Drums for Rossington Collins) and Jimmy Dougherty. They had one hit called "Chapter one" Which was in my opinion, a great tune. — with Gigi Dougherty, Randall Hall and Derek Hess.
MY NOTE TO RANDALL
Hey Randall, Hope all is well with you and yours.- I played bass with you a couple of times with Ace Moreland at Apple Jacks - San Marco, around 1987 or so, I still play but have Parkinson’s Disease so my memory is sketchy. Please forgive me if my dates are off.
I also played with Alan after the ACB broke up - he was still trying to put something together - but like what was said up top - he was lost - he was lonely and he was hurting - That was the only Alan I ever knew. His playing, of course, suffered for it. There was one night, however, at his studio back of his house on Julington Creek road when he was ON!!!! he was playing a Les Paul Junior or SG thru a marshall or HiWatt 410 stack I can’t really remember the details except his sound. groove. musicality, everything was ON -It blew me away - one of the best - I still get goose bumps thinking about it. I’m jealous of anyone that had the privilege of playing with him before life took it’s toll on him. We wrote 4 pretty good songs together - recorded practice demos on an old 4 track cassette deck - I’m sure they are gone now - too bad. But we mainly sat around and talked about life a lot, I think he liked the fact that I didn’t ask him about Lynyrd Skynyrd I was more interested in the future than the past. I was 26 y/o - this was around 1983 - 1984 -but after 4 or 5 months I had to move on to a working band - No royalty checks comin in for me. He was a good man, at least the Alan I knew. RIP.
Take care and thank you for your time. Andy Ward King
TUESDAY’S GONE... AGAIN
There were some kind and some rather matter of fact comments also posted. I’ll share them with you.
Even though Allen was in great pain and plauged by many demons we did manage to make some good music together along with Mike Owings - who now plays with David Allen Coe. It might not have been exactly my style ( I was going to place what I think my style is here but I couldn't decide on a name for it) it was good none the less. God Bless you Allen you are missed by many, including me, I hope you have finally found peace. Leave that Ampeg SVT on standby - I’lll be there to jam someday when MY time comes, I pray many years from now.
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/\\