I’ve Still Got Rhythm

My first musical instrument was a telephone book. It was a hefty instrument being from Detroit, Michigan. I bought a pair of jazz brushes and sat down on a stool right next to the old seasoned piano in the basement of the home of a guy named Pat Boyer and we would play for hours…

Speechless

It was December 15th, 1989, my final speech booking of my busiest year yet as a professional speaker and I was booked for a full day of speeches in the Catskill Mountains in New York. Here is how Dennis H McLean, Superintendent of their Margaretville, New York School summed it up. “Dear Art, Our school…

Just A Nudge

My daughter, Nancy, phoned today to say that she had been reading through the achieves of our newsletters and one article about how I called John Burdakin, the Vice President and then soon to be President of Grand Trunk Western Railroad and asked if he would come to Kalamazoo with me and visit our employee…

Stayin’ Alive

Recently somebody asked me,”Art, what are your goals for 2017?” and I began singing that old Bee Gee’s song from 1977, “Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin alive, stayin alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin alive.” When you ask a little kid how old he is he will hold up four fingers and say, “I will…

Let There Be Peace

“Let There Be Peace On Earth: And Let It Begin With Me.” Vince Gill recorded that song years ago and every Christmas that song comes to my mind. Peace is very popular at Christmastime.”Peace be with you.” “And to you too, Brother.” I visited an Alzheimer facility recently and approached a middle aged man who…

A New Point of View

From my office desk I can look up the stairs to my music room and see this big half-round topped window which faces West. It just dawned on me that if I were to move a few of my drums I could put a chair in there and witness these breathtaking fall sunsets we are…

‘Tis The Season

’tis the season to be Jolly, Fa la la la la , la la la la. So how Jolly are you? Jolly happy and cheerful. “He was a jolly man, full of jokes.” Snyonms” cheerful · happy · cheery · good-humored · jovial · merry When is the last time someone described you as “jolly”?…

Baaad Dude

Is that really December coming on up the road right there? Will we so soon be running out of 2016? What were those goals I set last January 1st? A couple of days ago I went to the back of our front closet in our living room and brought out my old black leather jacket…

Supermoon

Yes, at our home that supermoon was peeping through the trees. They say that it was the largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades – as it made its way across the skies on Sunday and Monday nights.We had lots of clouds but then the clouds gradually disappeared and we saw that beautiful bright…

The Santa Train

In 1972 the first Grand Trunk Western RR Santa Train pulled out from the Car Shops in Port Huron and now 24 years later it is still on the road every Christmas. There is a nice story about it in the new book from Michigan State University Press’ “John H. Burdakin and the Grand Trunk…