Well I might come back in a few months. The business I've started
with my partner isn't going as well as it might, and I'm filling in
as a construction jobsite foreman on a soil remediation job
reconstructing a disturbed sliding volcanic hillside. Plus I miss my
kids really bad.
And there is only one bluesband in Honolulu worth the name: James
Ronstadt and the Dynamic Shuffle Kings (they backed Steve Freund
when he was here a couple of years ago). They've got the drive and
can play a rhumba, they know the songs. Everybody else plays "Born
on the Bayou" and "Steamroller Blues" as 'da blooz.'
The music scene in Honolulu is..., well, terrible. Hawaiian music is
kinda nice but it's lost all the dynamism and rhythmic variety it
had before WWII and is now easy listening music about pretty girls
and "I love the islands and the sea." There's a local kind of Reggae
called 'Jawaiian' which is very smooth and is all about pretty girls
and "I love the island and the sea." plus there are a few wannabe
punk bands and rap groups etc. The big tourist hotels control gig
content ("Rocky Racoon" or else Hawaiian with drum machines) and the
rest of the Oahu is covered with karaoke bars. Everybody seems to
dream of going to Vegas someday.
I don't go out much. I practice the guitar (I found an ES-335 with
the small ABR bridge for pretty cheap).
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, "Maureen" <bluesmom61@c...>
> So, Rolf...where the heck are you??
> You don't know how much I miss your sorry bluesin' ass!!
> It just ain't the same without you on those raodtrips!
> Please say you're back in town, and if not, when will you be
> Not to make you feel left out or anything but you've been missin'
> on some great shows!
> The Sonoma Co scene is lagging but we hope new things in store
> be picking that up once again!
> We really miss you and the day you left was a real huge loss for
> blues community.
> Please fill us in on your travels and adventureson the island.
> Love to ya!