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May

May 2011
I hate colds! Actually, I don’t hate anything but broccoli and David Spade. I don’t like colds. Anyhow, I’ve been battling a bad cold for over a week. I’m glad we didn’t have any shows booked. Thankfully, it didn’t hit me until after the Wildwood weekend with Richie. What a blast that was!
I opened the show and thought I’d play for about thirty minutes, but it turned into more like an hour. Dr. Al did his usual brilliant introduction and the audience was peppered with loyal Poconuts, some of them I hadn’t seen in a while. After starting with ‘Call It Love’, I did Timothy’s song ‘Find Out in Time’, and “A Little Rain’, before Scott Sellen joined me on keyboards for ‘Rose’ and Paul’s ‘Heart Of The Night’. But the highlight for me had to be ‘Neil Young Is Not My Brother’! I think Richie got a kick out of it. He stood in the back and heckled me. After that, Richie came up for ‘Child’s Claim’ and his daughter Jesse joined us for ‘Crazy Love’.
Then Richie and his band played everything from songs on his solo records to Poco and Buffalo Springfield cuts, he even covered John Denver…go figure! I joined Richie’s band for ‘Crazy Eyes’ (pretty amazing), ‘Pickin’ Up The Pieces, ‘Grand Junction’ and ‘Good Feelin’ To Know’…and maybe one or two more that I can’t remember now. It was such a fun weekend. Looks like Mary and I are going to catch up with Richie at one of the Buffalo Springfield L.A. shows. I wonder if I can make it backstage if I hint that I have a brother in the band, (Richie’s like a brother!).
I’ve been working, as much as I can, on finishing songs for the June sessions. I’ve got a couple of songs that I’m really excited about and can’t wait to finish. I know June is going to creep up on me really quickly. May has been so great I hate to see it go. Sara celebrates her twenty-fifth birthday this month and Will started his new job with some big computer company…I’m hoping he can support me in my old age-whatever that is!
Some sad news today too, we lost Jack Richardson. Jack produced ‘Good Feelin’ To Know’ and ‘Crazy Eyes’ back in the seventies. He was a great guy. He believed in Poco. He was the best bowler I ever saw and he leaves me with so many memories. Like the day we had to start the session late because he was waiting in line at McDonald’s for the introduction of the ‘Big Mac’, or the day he discovered the second engineer accidentally erased Stephen Still’s guitar part from the only Poco song Stephen ever played on, or the time Jack talked me into ordering steak tartare at a fancy N.Y. restaurant. He was quite a man.

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