It’s the politics that drove me off of Facebook for good. Too many friends and family, on both sides of the spectrum, all they did was post that chain mail crap, and of course it would show up on my timeline. I never posted anything political and I can’t think of ever posting anything negative either. When Mom defriended me I thought I was making a joke, but I guess you don’t do that with Seniors and their Meds. I’m a tad on the slow side.
The best thing I ever got out of Facebook, and the reason I signed up in the first place, was staying in touch with one of my cousins who I rarely see. He lives over in England (my father’s side of the family came over after WWII). My late Aunt was the keeper of all the old family photos, and he’d post a new one every few days that would bring back memories.
I’m hoping to catch up with my cousin this Fall when I accompany my wife on her annual Business Trip. I went a couple of years ago, and he took me down to Denmark Street, which is the famous music row in London. Elton John used to work there as a clerk. Lots of old instruments, I played an old Gibson that they told me used to belong to Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (I can never remember which one was the guitar player in that band). I tried playing ‘From the Beginning’ on it, but it’s been at least 25 years since I last did, so didn’t get very far, and I cleared the aisle with some Piedmont Blues instead. We were staying in the Marleybone section last trip and one day while the Wife did her presentations I walked up to Abbey Road and waved to the Live Camera as I crossed. I wasn’t the only tourist that had that idea, and you had to hustle because it was a busy street.
As for the Octaves, I’ve been told they’re already used in Celtic Jams. I suspect it might not cut through in a BG jam if there are too many players, and every BG jame I’ve ever attended had too many players for my taste. I was looking to use it as a solo accompaniment instrument myself. I’m slowly getting better with my vocals. I’ll never be great, but just finally relaxing, even in front of a crowd, has made a huge difference. I just wish it didn’t take until my late 50’s to get there.