I hope everyone is well and being safe. We need to follow what the experts are saying and hopefully this pandemic will pass sooner than later. With that being said, not just myself, but fellow musicians are also being directly affected. Not being able to perform live is at the heart of the matter, but other options are being utilized now more than ever. Facebook Live, Instagram and YouTube. With all that’s been happening lately, I figured it would be a good opportunity for me to write and record the ‘Quarantine Sessions ‘. Three songs: “Josephine”, “Finding My Way Home”, and “Asymptomatic” are well into pre-production stages, with templets for another two songs right on their heels.
“Josephine” is a song that I wrote after my first grandson was born. Upbeat, with a solid message of love for one’s mother, as seen through the eyes of a child.
“Finding My Way Home”, is a song about a guy who really never understands anything that happened in his failed relationship. Now he’s left with only one option, and that’s to tell his side of the story.
“Asymptomatic”, is about a couple’s relationship, more so than a real health issue. It’s a snappy little tune with a CCR vibe to it.
I will keep at it and hopefully soon my new LP can become a reality.
Over the years I have been so blessed to be able to perform and play with many talented musicians, Mark Stricklin being one of them.
Mark first came on the Galveston music scene in the late nineties from Fort Worth, Texas. He was playing with some of the locals’ bands down on the Strand. After quickly settling in, Mark had regular gigs 5 to 6 nights a week. It just so happened in the same time frame that I was starting to get my feet wet playing a few solo gigs. As fate would have it, Mark and I started playing as a duo soon after.
Mark was a few years older than me and his musical knowledge, talent, and experience would provide us with a big, rich sound. Mark played several instruments – the Sax, the Guitar, and the Bass guitar. He had a degree in music from North Texas State where he went on a scholarship. After college he played with a local Fort Worth band called, “Larry and the Blue Notes”; and, he later played with many other bands before heading down to Galveston. He also plays and sings on several tracks on my CD, “ Where I Wanna Be”. We played together at the Galveston Hilton, Capt. Jacks Beach bar, and many other local establishments before the game changer came along in September 2008, AKA “Hurricane Ike”. Mark got out with just a few belongings; the rest was a total loss. Calling Galveston his home after that he was determined to make the best of it and replace his losses; but work had slowed after the storm and all musicians were adversely affected. After riding it out for a few years he decided to move back to Fort Worth to be with his mother who was in good health but was ageing. Mark and his brother Arvil, who is also a musician, started playing again in the Fort Worth music scene. Mark came down from time to time to visit me and play a few gigs and catch up on things in Galveston. We lost Mark way too soon, in August of 2014.
I am one of the luckiest guys around when it comes to having had the opportunity to play with many gifted and talented musicians. Mark being right there at the top. Mark’s birthday is coming up on July 21st. So may I say to my friend, “Happy heavenly Birthday, Mark!”; and, “Thanks for letting me be a part of your life!”. For we know, people are not with us for a lifetime, only for a season of time in our life . One day we shall meet and play again my brother. Till then rest in peace. Luv you Bro.
Music has been a part of Boo Schaaf’s life ever since he can remember. When he was a boy his family of eight would often get together and sing along as his three sisters played the family piano. He remembers vividly the day his mother gave him his first drumset. Purchased with S & H green stamps. The feeling he felt the first time he played is a fond memory of his.
As fate would have it, well known Galveston musician and band leader Danny Smith moved in next door. Many days Boo could be found at Danny’s band rehearsal soaking it all in. In his teen years many artists such as Larry Campanello, Danny Kristensen, and Boo’s cousin Fofo Gilich had a profound influence on his musical direction, and it wasn’t long before Boo started to perform with Galveston’s local musicians: Joe Dundee, Charlie Alcala, Tim Vaughn, to name a few.
In 2004, Boo decided to make a turn in his musical direction. He quit the band to start on his solo career; setting his sights on writing and releasing a CD. That goal became a reality in 2012 with the help of long time friend and musician Richard Broom. Richard helped in writing many of the tracks on Boo’s album, which include songs: ”You & Me”, ” Walking My Blues Away”, and the title of this debut album, “Where I Wanna Be”. Boo credits Richard for embarking him on his solo endeavor . A BOI (Born On the Island), Boo calls Galveston his home. When he’s not on the road, he can be found most nights gigging the local scene.