Wedding in Vegas

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Spent last week in Las Vegas, where my son got married.  On Tuesday we flew out and spent the day with CJ’s bride-to-be Carly.  We didn’t get to meet her when we visited CJ in Japan last fall, so it a nice to have a little time to get acquainted, especially before all the other family arrived and everything got more hectic.  They make such a cute couple.  On Wednesday, Grace and I separated from the group and visited the Grand Canyon by plane, helicopter and boat.  Magnificent.

On Thursday we went to Louie Anderson’s show (my ex-wife’s uncle).  He was wonderfully hospitable, meeting us after the show, then taking us all to lunch at House of Blues on Friday, then attending the wedding ceremony.  We spent the rest of the weekend tootling around Vegas with the kids and parents.

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Getting married on The Strip in Vegas

My youngest son, CJ is coming back to the states in June to get married. Maybe getting married in a chapel on the Vegas strip isn’t your idea for the perfect wedding, but in truth it makes a lot of sense for a couple in the military stationed overseas. It’s quick and easy, since getting leave to come all the way back home can be difficult. It lets them actually get married in the states, which apparently simplifies some legal things. And it’s a reasonable compromise to deciding whether to get married in the bride’s home state (Massachusetts in this case) or the groom’s (Texas). So we’ll be at the Chapel of the Flowers watchin’ the kids git hitched. Then they’ll spend the rest of their honeymoon visiting parents and family in Arizona, Texas and Massachusetts. Welcome to the family Carly!

New Irish band on the way…

Since the breakup of Gallus left a hole in my life last year, I’ve been hoping to hook up with a new band.  Finally took the bull by the horns and got a new group going.  We’re calling ourselves Five Second Rule.  Rehearsals are going well, and it looks like we’ll have quite an eclectic mix of Irish, bluegrass, quasi-jazz and other genres.

Our first performance was with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, performing Dan Welcher’s Minstrels of the Kells, a cool (classical) piece for wind ensemble that calls for an Irish pub band toward the end.  Be sure to visit the Five Second Rule MySpace page, and listen to the excerpt from that concert.

Thanksgiving Snub for the Kitty Hawk

Japan 196My son CJ had been looking forward to visiting Hong Kong over Thanksgiving, as the Kitty Hawk was scheduled to port there.  Unfortunately the Chinese government had other ideas and turned away the carrier group.  Nearly 300 families had flown over to Hong Kong to spend the holiday with their loved ones in the carrier group and were disappointed.  Here’s the link to the story on CNN:

U.S. commander ‘perplexed’ by China’s refusal of warship visit

The Fins are in the running for a Grammy!

Livin' in Fin-LandIn one of the great “slipping through the cracks” moments in music history, our new CD “Livin’ in Fin-Land” has officially entered the Grammy nominating process!  We have been successfully submitted and screened and we are now being voted on by the voting members of the Recording Academy for nomination in the categories of Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

It all started last fall when we recorded a demo CD to help get us gigs.  Initially we were only going to do small snippets of songs, but we decided to record the full versions just for fun.  Our recording engineer, Grammy-winner Phil York, felt that the finished product was good enough to submit for a Grammy.  We were flattered but we assumed it would go no further.  But today Dennis got a letter from Phil saying were through to the next round in two different categories! 

Again, we don’t expect to advance any further, but what an honor!  This next round narrows the field from hundreds down a final five nominees, so odds are very slim we’ll move on.  But just knowing that folks felt we were qualified to be heard by the entire voting membership of the Academy is really amazing!  Will keep you posted….