Saturday, January 7, 2012

Update: A New Year.

December 2011 was a wild musical finish. Me 'n' The King Guys (Michael D. Bifulco, Gary Dawson, Don Mangels, Jeff McLary, and sometimes even Sister Jen on backup vocals) were able to return to the Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport, NY). At a performance on Friday, 12/30/11 we, Matthew Grimm, Jeff McLary & The Heavy Duty Haulers, the GHT, and you guys stood up for all that is good.

A card sent, something said on the phone, a visit, a post in the internet, a movie sent, the book loaned, a song played, the time you came and hung out for a while, the benefit you played and/or helped organize, the joke you made onstage or in person about me getting attacked followed quickly by "sorry Mick, too soon?" (This Hangdogs on-stage gag never gets old, by the way)... you were SO there for me at the best and worst of times in 2011. Now that stink-year is over. There's a lot of thank-you cards to write (with trinkets maybe, even), and they are coming. Meantime, a continued, gigantic, THANK YOU. Onwards. MH

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2012 begins. Feeling great, doing everything I want to do. Some of the last medical red tape involved, such as that which needs to be sent to the NYS Crime Victims Bureau, almost complete. When that dust settles, much more will be known, and haggling with medical creditors will commence. Then a pony will come.

Booking a lot of solo and MH & The King Guys shows for 2012. Lantern Sound Recording Rig making some good things. There will be a Redemption Center II release as soon as possible. Finished segment/contribution to Chris Butler's Major Glitch, awaiting release, with promotional film. There's a new music vid for the song "Crystal Ball" (written by whole lotta Joe Delia, and little bit o' Mick), now also in the live set.

GET TIX: NYRMA presents The Elvis Show 2012 at the YMCA Boulton Center Theatre (Bayshore NY) on Saturday January 28, 8pm. This is a particularly meaningful event to me, as it benefits emergency food supplies courtesy of the efforts of the Rock CAN Roll organization, and it will sell out for sure. Tickets Link

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Things previously viewed as vital become meaningless. Television. The "10 Items or Less" express lane. Most magazines. The surfing "scene". 

Things formerly taken for granted become powerful. Stuff kids say/do. Raisin toast. The "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" chord changes. Calling to say hello. Writing stuff down. Surfing.

R.I.P. Tommy Ardolino (1955-2012)


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