Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The New Henry Title Revealed

The Big Reveal. The New Henry Title

Henry and the ShadowMan Band

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Everything started the day the Shadow Man appeared. (If you don’t know, my name is Henry.)
Fred, Jamal and I were in the garage practicing. We have a band. Fred and Jamal are my best friends. Fred lives across the street; he was born in China and has two dads. Jamal was born in Egypt and has been to the pyramids. He lives in the next neighborhood over. We added some friends last year, but Terval moved away and Dante transferred to a magnet school focused on drama.
Anyway back to the band. I joined the school band last winter. I play the drums. Fred and Jamal already played instruments. This summer we went to a two week rock band camp. It was a day camp thing, where you went home every night, but all day you worked on your music. You had to get three songs together for the performance on the last day when your parents came to hear you. We thought we had a gift.
Jamal plays guitar and Fred sings and plays guitar. I play the drums and when I am in the middle of a run I am on Fire. I love a roaring go to town drum solo and I also enjoy the finesse of being a quiet background rhythm. I am in the music. I feel invincible on the drums. (I first found my Fire when I visited Altara. It’s another world.)

So for the rest of the summer we've been pouring everything into our music. We practice most afternoons in my garage. Sometimes I go out by myself in the morning or evenings and play, experimenting with the rudiments. (They are the basic drum routines.) What we wanted most was to play for somebody’s end of summer party. It would be lame if we gave our own party or even if I made my little brother Larry give a party for his friends. We wanted a real gig.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Last of What I did on my Summer Vacation

Soon I will be getting a reputation for putting all my male house guests to work. I figure they appreciate the opportunity to accomplish a task and be praised for their work. I truly appreciate their help. When My brother Mike came earlier in the summer he and son in law Steve put sun blocking cloth up in the screened in back porch. They did a great job and finished in Time for the scheduled party. I did yard work while they attended to the details of hanging the fabric.

When Patrick my nephew came this summer we cut down trees. He is much stronger and has much great endurance than he had on the previous year. And even though we had a few slips neither nephew nor uncle were hurt and we could look at a great job completed and over three hundred pounds of tree stuff taken to the landfill for recycling.

The land fill pays a private contractor on the back side of the property to take in the yard waste and shred it. Then the private contractor will resell it to county residents for use in their yards as mulch. What a sweet deal.

I had fun working with Patrick. The next day we loaded up the jeep and headed to southern West Virginia for rafting in the new river gorge. We stayed in a cabin at Ace adventures and had a great time.

And yes I am certain my guests 

enjoy being challenged, succeeding and being praised.