I know you’re dying to hear about my Valentine’s Day weekend (har har har), but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I haven’t had a chance to upload the pictures. But it’ll be quite a saga, don’t you worry.
However, today, I want to introduce to you (maybe reintroduce for some of you?) my friends and a really great band called Mike Blair & the Stonewalls.
When I was living in North Carolina, one of my favorite escapes was to go downtown to 16 Taps and listen to these guys on open mic night. I don’t know all the new members of the band, but I do know Mike Blair, his sister Sarah Blair, and resident hardass David Graham (yeah, he’s the one in the sunglasses who isn’t smiling).
I smoked many ‘a cigarettes and drank many ‘a beer listening to them play. In fact, I’m in a bootleg recording yelling, “God I need that song!” No, I will not share it with you. But I can say this about the three members of the band that I do know: Mike, Sarah, and David were there for me a lot.
For my birthday, they got me coffee and peanut butter cookies because I came to their show. Mike offered to come over to my creepy house in the hood multiple times when I heard scary stuff going on and the helicopter was looking with a spotlight through my neighborhood. Sarah was always there for giggling and talking. And David gave me Slippery When Wet on vinyl before I left.
Not only that, but the band learned to play Mike’s and my song, and they did it for a lot of Mondays in a row when I was missing Mike. They’re great people, and great musicians.
And you can always preview the music…but beware, you’ll want it after that.