Hi friends, we're back! We had a great gig in Lewiston NY last night, beautiful weather, a huge audience, and an amazing setting along the gorge just downstream from Niagara Falls! So naturally I grabbed my sons Shane and Josh who are out on the road with us, jumped in a van and headed off to show them one of the natural wonders of the world. I have seen the Falls from the Canadian side and it is indescribable...the roar of the rushing water, the sheer power and the sight of the horseshoe falls. We went to the American side yesterday, and I must admit the Canadians have got us beat hands down. It is crazy to be so close to Niagara Falls and not be able to see its full magnificence. But my boys heard the sounds, felt the rush of the rapids, and saw a little side view of the Falls...next time we will bring our passports and see the full monty. Okay, the bus is coming to rest here in Farmington, time for soundcheck. Rock on, kc
Hi friends, today is my goddaughter Courtney's birthday. Of course everyone is special, but Courtney is extra special. As my sister Lisa was giving birth 23 years ago today, there were complications which led to Courtney being born with Cerebral Palsy. Courtney has always had an amazingly positive attitude. Throughout her life she has been a little beacon of joy. Her special needs have presented challenges for her and her family, but never stopped Courtney from living her life to the fullest. She now works caring for other special needs children at a school in Valparaiso, IN. Courtney recently completed a book, written with her father, entitled, "What It's Like To Be Me...a special kid with special needs". All of us parents want to instill in our children the notion that each of us is special in our own way. Courtney's story is inspiring, not only for special needs families, but for families of all shapes and sizes. Congratulations Courtney on your awesome new book and on being the wonderfully unique and beautiful person you are, and to your Mom who has been by your side and supported you all the way. You can order "What It's Like To Be Me" by Courtney and Robert Murphy, at Amazon.com. Courtney has chosen to donate half of the proceeds to the Chicago chapter of the Cerebral Palsy Association...how cool is that! PS. Uncle Kevin loves you Courty...Happy Birthday sweetheart!
Hi friends, okay yesterday I found myself in the unenviable position of having a drought in my suitcase and my laundry bag having runneth over. Now my stage wardrobe gets serviced regularly courtesy of fine local dry cleaners, but when the suitcase runs dry I am s#%t out of luck. Earlier in the tour I turned in my dirty clothes to the hotel concierge and my personal laundry was returned to my room all clean, folded, and ready to pack. Only problem is the average charge was $5.00 per pair of socks, which adds up. I could have bought all new clothes and probably come out ahead. So this time I figured I would outsmart the fancy hotel and use the guest do-it-yourself laundry. It was an awesome idea, except for the fact that I soon realized I had no clue how to operate a 21st century washing machine. When I was in college it was easy...insert clothes in washer, insert a quarter, insert a small box of Tide, sit around and wait until finished. Well now nobody, the housekeepers, the front desk clerks, the engineering staff, me...nobody knows how to operate one of these modern nuclear powered washing machines. (The only consistent part of the process is the tiny box of Tide.) Then by the time I got back to my room the key didn't work so I sat on the hallway floor folding my t-shirts until the security guy showed up to let me in. I spent my entire afternoon off wrestling with my laundry. Never again! ;)kc
Hi friends, okay this is ridiculous, it has been raining forever, or it sure feels that way when you are stuck in a hotel room. I was looking forward to taking in the sights and history of St Augustine, Florida today...but noooo! I guess resting up for a day, catching up on family stuff, looking at photos of my wife and kids, watching the Bulls play in tHe NBA Playoffs, (and checking out my guilty pleasure, the Arias trial on HLN), is actually a good thing. I ordered my favorite seafood, Chilean Seabass from room service, which should be delivered any time now. Luckily our hotel is really nice, a historic building with a really comfy bed. The workout room will be perfect tomorrow. Okay, my meal is here and looks yummy. You know, I feel better having vented my feelings with you all...thanks, that's what friends are for right! PS. I am going to attempt our first ever family face-time dinner in a few minutes. I look pretty funky, but it is what it is. I cannot wait to see everybody around the kitchen table. Family dinners are one of the things I miss most out here. We will play our traditional family dinner game which we call, "Peaks and Pits", in which we all share the best and worst moments of our day. I hope we can work out the technical part of this adventure...wish me luck! Later friends...kc
Hi friends, every day we review the recording of last night's concert and learn from it. The only way to make each show better than the last is to take the time to work on stuff. Dave and I tweaked the new instrumental between "Road" and "Roll", and we made a cool change to the new bridge arrangement in "That Ain't Love". I love the creative process. This photo is us in the warm up room after the giant yelling match and fist fight...;) Our audiences so far on this tour have been amazing in sheer number and in energy level, but last night in the Quad Cities was somewhere beyond incredible. We all felt like the band really locked in and obviously we connected with everybody in the iWireless Arena in a very powerful way. I can only describe it as a feeling that the people just did not want us to end the concert. We finished our second encore with "Ridin The Storm Out" and everyone just kept roaring. We thank all of you who were there for giving us all you had last night, just as we gave you all we had...kc