Thoughtful Thursday

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1.       Wait, isn’t it Wednesday? – Damn right it is. I don’t play by the rules.

2.       Speaking of rules, what do you think about cussing in a church? I always figured, God knows I cuss when I’m outside a church, so why should I pretend to be any different inside of one?..I’m not foolin’ anyone…

3.       Hittin’ the road for a show tomorrow (on the real Thursday) in Des Moines, IA. And not just any old Moines, but DEE Moines. Gas Lamp, 7pm

4.       My dog Sam has a Pavlovian reaction to me sitting down to relax on the couch. As soon as I do it, he has to suddenly take a leak and wants to go outside.

5.       I attempted a revolutionary, ingenious live trap set to remove a muskrat out of my pond (he’s been doing some damage), because I really don’t want to shoot him. That was 4 days ago. Still no muskrat.

6.       Westbound and down I-80 this weekend for Kearney, NE for a two night stint at Cunningham’s Journal. The last time we played there, we sat down to eat before the show and the first thing the college student waitress says to us after learning we’re the band is, “So all the staff was saying none of the guys in the band are good-looking.” Thanks, we’re glad to be here too.

7.       I’ve never really had a die-hard, favorite college team. When I was a kid, I briefly liked Iowa. Then Michigan State for a bit. I’ll always root for Northern Illinois, since I kinda played there. Nowadays, I do like to see Illinois win (I’m emotionally over the fact that they never offered me a scholarship). And someone did give me this snazzy Nebraska hat recently. So we can at least definitively say I’m rooting for the Midwest.

8.       I vividly remember being in my grandparents living room as a boy, watching my grandma thumb through a Ghost Rider comic book that I had foolishly left out on the dining room table. I can only imagine what she must’ve been thinking about this dude on a motorcycle with a flaming skull for a head, whipping people with his long chain.

9.       Speaking of Grandma, we filmed in a beautiful, rural, central Illinois Church this week for a “Fetch Me” music video. I might’ve cussed a couple times. But not out of disrespect. Just habit. And, I kinda just am who I am (see #2).

10.   About 17 or 18 hours on the road here in the next few days – any ideas for road games we can play?

Thoughtful Thursday

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From My Head to Yours - Deep Thoughts for Your Thursday...

1. Am I the only guy who gets self-conscious buying hand lotion? I find myself wanting to explain to the cashier how the dry air cracks the skin on the backs of my knuckles. I'd go through the self-checkout line, but wouldn't that just look more suspicious?

2. I love playing close to home. Specifically, I love playing in Lacon, IL. I love playing with the full band. I love to party. This Saturday, at 9pm, I've got all 4 of those in one at Whiskerz Pub.

3. I've grown to like coffee in the afternoon more than even the morning...but perhaps because my work day starts in the afternoon 🤔

4. Yesterday, I used the sentence, "I haven't been on a bender since Christmas," in a conversation with my accountant. I then wrote it down. That will make a nice lyric someday.

5. I'm a seasonal kind of fella...I like variety. So I tend not to bitch about winter too much. Sometimes, though, February & March test my patience (but so do you, August, so don't get too smug).

6. I have played acoustic shows at Minier Tap (Minier, IL) & Aces & Eights Bar (Tonica, IL) twice each, and have had great times on every occasion. So coupled w/ the aforementioned full band show on Saturday, this weekend is going to be bitchin.

7. I enjoy collecting children's toys (i.e. cars, etc), particularly those w/ nostalgic value. I figure it has something to do with not having money to buy them as a kid and/or just wanting to connect with my youth. Maybe I should ask my shrink?

8. Ice Man cometh.

9. "Midwest Girl" is about to release...will probably have a specific date next week. I only wrote it about 5 years ago. What's the rush, right? Everyone should just slow down every once in a while and take a deep breath.

10: I didn't think using "Deep Thoughts w/ Joe Handy" as the title again would be appropriate considering thought #1.

Wind

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Sometimes wind blows.
Sometimes it blows cold.
Sometimes it blows soft.
Sometimes it blows cool.
Sometimes it blows hot.
Sometimes it blows hard.
Sometimes it blows warm.
Sometimes it carries rain.
Sometimes it carries debris.
Sometimes it carries snow.
Sometimes it carries houses.
Sometimes it wets your eyes.
Sometimes it prickles your skin.
Sometimes it messes your hair.
Sometimes it is at your back.
Sometimes it is in your face.
Sometimes it does some, or several, of these at once.
Sometimes the wind lays.

Footsteps

Who are the footsteps you hear when you close your eyes? How do they make you feel? Do they lead you? Do they walk beside you? Do they encircle you? Do they pace back & forth, waiting in expectation? Do they follow? And if so, do they follow with patience & grace, or do they remain on your heels? Is their pace steady, or does it waiver? Try to sense which footsteps are which, whose they are, and whether you need their noise in your head. It might be time to outrun some of them. It might be time to fall in step with others.