January 24, 2016

This is my first Blog  and I really am feeling my way along.  I have no idea whether what I have to say will be of interest to anyone but at least I can vent.  Whether or not anyone else agrees is really irrelevant.  If, however, some of my ideas and thoughts are found useful, then it is doubly worthwhile.

I am a professional square dance caller and music producer.  I have been in the calling business for more than 58 years and producing music for more than 40. If there is  way to get it wrong, I have found it, although, I feel confidant that there are still many mistakes yet to be made.

I have four children that I have tried, over the years, to keep from making the same mistakes I made during the process of becoming an adult.  Unfortunately, they seem to want to make their own mistakes.  I have never seen the wisdom in that but, that is the way things seem to go.

In the business of square dance calling and in music production,  there are pitfalls, and mental potholes that should be avoided.  It seems, however, that the harder I try to advise (based on my many mistakes) against making certain choices, the more my friends and colleagues want to travel the same treacherous roads.  Again, I fail to see the wisdom in those decisions.  I supposed it could be attributed to a number of reasons:  a) Their massive ego b) a feeling that I have some hidden agenda c) a lack of trust in my knowledge d)  or, and I hate to think this, they could just be dumb.

At any rate, I am going to use this blog as a tool to send out what I feel are words of wisdom based on my successes and failures in the calling and recording business.  I am fortunate to have had many of both of the past 50 years.  Yes, fortunate, because without failures, you will never learn the road to success.

Now, here is the tricky part.  I have no idea how or where to post this.