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WICKID 6 Band

Random pics of places Jim has played in 2015.   I’m missing some pictures of events too, but you get the idea, we’re all having a blast together.   Check us out on the web at http://www.wicked6band.com or Facebook WICKID 6 Band

2015 was nothing short of interesting; let me share the short version for ya.  We lost of lead singers in the beginning of the year and at the end of the year our rhythm guitarist was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.   He is currently being treated and hopefully will have a full recovery in May/June time frame.

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Flume Fun

Franconia Notch, NH (October 2015) – 

Fall in NH is just beautiful to see.   This week marked the long weekend that my brother and his wife from California came to visit us.    One of top things he wanted to do was to visit “The Flume” in Franconia Notch State Park.   So my parents and I headed up in the car with them.

Our first stop was Clark Trading Bear parking lot.   From the lot, we saw a bear eating his lunch and really didn’t pay to much attention to the exploding crowd starting to surround the cage. Personally I haven’t been in this attraction since I was single digits old.

How can you resist the brilliant red color of a covered bridge?

How can you resist the brilliant red color of a covered bridge?

From there, we headed up the road to Indian Head Resort.   My brother and I climbed the fire tower to the top to check out the views.   WOW, great views! The mountain-sides looked like a pastel painting with all the different fall colors dominating the landscape.  If you don’t like heights and a little sway in a metal structure; probably not for you.

We proceeded to our lunch destination and our fathers all-time favorite restaurant in the north country, Polly’s Pancakes located in Sugar Hill.   This is north of the the notch or on the back-side of Cannon Mountain.  Here we all ate amazing homemade food and a raspberry pie with ice cream that was to die for.  Highly recommend this place.  (www.https://pollyspancakeparlor.com)

The yellow just "popped" with the afternoon sun hitting it.

The yellow just “popped” with the afternoon sun hitting it.

Finally fulling our stomachs, it was time to work some calories off with a brisk walk through The Flume Gorge.   The gorge being nearly 200 million years old from the Jurassic times extends 800 ft on the base of Mt Liberty.

It features walls of granite that rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are 12 to 20 feet apart. As you walk through the gorge you see vegetation on the walls that love moist places, like moss and trees growing in non-traditional ways to gain access to water.

October in New Hampshire is very delightful from the crisp air, upper 60’s in temp (during the day), and the landscape colors that are mother-natures breath taking creations. We all dread what season comes next for us.   HAHA!

Hope you enjoy the pics I took while at The Flume.

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Sabbath Sunday…..

Manchester, NH (November 2014) – What is a “sabbath”?  The Webster’s Dictionary defines it as – a day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday.

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That’s exactly what this was for me….  a day of drumming religion observed on Sunday.  LOL

Jim was invited to step-in (last minute) with a cover band for a song called “Mob Rules” by 70’s/80’s rockers, Black Sabbath.

Here’s a 120 sec video on the performance,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EUpxl2E12E

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Marcus and Jim at the 5k Rock-N-Race 2014.

Marcus and Jim at the 5k Rock-N-Race 2014.

Concord, NH (May 15th, 2014)

There’s a lot of themes for road races but none that I’ve ever heard of with bands throughout the route.

Thursday evening was the annual 5k Rock-N-Race foot race in the Capital City of New Hampshire.  Concord hosted 6,000 registered runners and walkers that raised over $500,000 dollars for the local cancer unit.

The course started and ended at the State Capitol Building.  We ran through local neighborhoods, state property, and parking lots.  Bands were generously scattered throughout the course of the race which gave motivation to all participants.

Marcus and Jim ended up running the race.  Tami was planning on it but her Mom had heart surgery that afternoon, so she had to miss it 😦  Marcus ran a 29 min race and Jim ran a 39 min race.

The post event was rewarded with fantastic food from pulled pork, fresh mac-n-cheese, lobster bisque, oven-fired pizza, to ice cream. Certainly not your average energy bar and water that I’ve gotten at other races.


If you are ever in the Concord, NH area in May and want a great run and experience different music, this is the event for you!!

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Four on the Floor

DrummimgManchester, NH  (May 2014) – At this point Jim gets limited time on stage drumming.  Today, he got to play Lenny Kravitz’s tune “Always On The Run” with some local pro’s at Milly’s Tavern in the millyard.

Check out part of the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6M9sQJX5Vg

This was put on from the company that Jim goes too for drum lessons. He’s still seeking more stage time with a band of his own.

 

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Motorhome’s New Floor

The large picture shows the finished product.  The upper right photo shows the carpet around the bed.  The middle and botom right photo shows the great look of hardwood

The large picture shows the finished product. The upper right photo shows the carpet around the bed. The middle and bottom right photo shows the great look of hardwood in the kitchen and stairs.  The hardwood goes into the living area too. (pic missing)

 

May 2013 – Last year I ripped up 2/3rd of the motor-home’s 1980’s rose colored carpet.   Even thou the coach doesn’t have allot of mileage on it, this carpeting was matted down and just collected a ton of dirt throughout the years. With the assistance from my dad we replaced this with laminate hardwood flooring and new carpet/padding for the back half of the coach.  WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

As you can imagine, the interior needed an updating from the 80’s, so what better time to do a complete re-color design from the ugly camper style that are still in campers today.  Wallpaper borders are so out of style,  I can’t tell you LOUD enough and the the ugly interior colors are putride.  I’ll go out on a limb and say that if you failed interior design in college you’ll probably end up working for a camper manufacture.  I have no idea on the low to medium priced RV’s where they come up with color/design patterns, but to me, its horrible!

Anyways, the hardwood flooring looks outstanding and it almost maintenance free.  In addition to the flooring, Tami and I ended up repainting all the walls/ceilings and I re-finished all the cabinets in the whole rig.

The only rose colored carpet left is in the drivers cabin and that won’t be there for long.  🙂

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Music to My Ears

224999_3913692759041_879716445_nThis is a posted dedicated to my drumming and the progress that I’ve had over  the last few years. HAHA…. they say you break your New Years Resolution  within a week.  Not this guy!

That’s right, I made a promise to myself back in the fall of 2013 to re-enlist in  drumming lessons again. That is, only after my car was paid off or sold.   (Lessons aren’t cheap you know. LOL)  Well, low and behold, I sold my car after months of chucking lobs of cash down on it.  I was 2+-years ahead on payments and hardly drove it.  I thought, why keep paying for a asset that losses value every mile you drive it or it just sitting there.

Anyways, I  got in touch with my old drum professional and schedule a day and time every week to get educated again. I never stop practicing, but I did it once every other week instead of weekly.

Drumming has been a god-scent to me over the years.  Yeeeeah, I’m a late bloomer and started to take lesson in my early 40’s. But, I give it my all when I’m behind the kit (drum set). Well drumming came about after reinventing or acting on my prioritizes after my divorce.   It truly got me focused and playing an instrument I always had interest in.

As you can image, it gets difficult, but not impossible to learn at an older age, but that didn’t stop me.  I started very slow on my new black (Pearl) 5 piece kit.  From the beginning, I had a burning desire to play songs and not just single, double, or triple drum rolls like they teach in middle school.  I wanted to play something that people knew.

It didn’t take me long to search the net for sheet music for beginners.  Also, it didn’t take long to see that sheet music for drummers was like finding a diamond in beach sand.

Some of my favor cover song include 80’s metal bands.  Bands like Poison, Ratt, Alice and Chain, AC/DC, Metallica, and so many more.   I own multiple  3″ ring binders full of sheet music I’ve bought or had transcribed for me  over the years.  My books cover the gamut from slow tempo tunes, country (new country), dance, to hard rock.

After about 18-months, I posted a Craigslist “Wanted Ad” for band members and ended up in a band.  We all practiced at our homes and we got together once a month for a full practice.  We played out a few times to show a few cover tunes and get stage experience.  I wanted to play and practice more often then some of them wanted to do and the band broke up.

Moving forward, Here’s a list of drumming goal for 2014:

  1. Learn common and cool drum fills.
  2. Purchase and start learning a double kick petal.
  3. Learn new songs
  4. Memorize at least 30 songs
  5. Play at least 3 Open Mic nights in the area.

This years going to excellent for me and the music that I play.  I hope you keep a commitment to yourself and that New Years resolution you made!   🙂

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90th Annual Laconia Bike Rally

971738_10152854823460526_388156387_n Laconia, NH (June 8th – 16th, 2013)  Named “America’s Original Riding Rally within the United States and a major biking event within the Northeast,  it caters to all brands of motorcycles throughout world.  Laconia is a great place and one that’s considered, by many,  in our backyard.  Okay, most of you know that we live in NH, so saying so, is for the visitor of this post.

Tami and I rode up on Sunday (6/9) for a few hours to check out this years events and crowds.  The weather was perfect for riding wing together.  Temps in the low 80’s with a slight breeze.  The crowd swelled as the mercury kept inching up during the day.   We cut out early afternoon to make it home for other commitments we had.  We got stuck in a bunch of stop-n-go traffic.  Good thing Tami knows the backroads….  it saved us a ton of time and a cramped left clutch-hand.  We plan on heading back up on Sat, so we can spend the afternoon and evening there, to see the bands and what else bike week has to offer.  Keep you posted! 😀

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