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Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by sleepydumpling on 30 April 2003 3:30am
 
Beki - good to see another librarian on the site!

Cheers
Kath
 
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by ellenpc on 30 April 2003 3:31am
 
Hiya Beki :^}

Really nice to meet you, welcome to Palin land.

I really enjoyed reading your profile details and am very interested to know what type of music you play and what instrument(s)???

Ellen x
 
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by BB-Scala on 30 April 2003 5:04am
 
Hi, Ellen!

Thanks for the welcome!

I'm so happy to have found this site! I do love to travel and I think the explorative nature of Michael Palin's travels is what is so addictive. I am glad I re-discovered his work through this site! He's a very brave man -- I am a wuss when it comes to travel. I've done so much of it but I'm kind of a princess -- I need all my comforts -- I guess I'm not the best road-dog, although some think I made a good one (for a girl)! They don't know that so often I was wishing for Tofu and Broccoli and all I could get was a bag of chips (oops -- crisps, I meant)!

Music:
I grew up around the Blues - my mentor, James "Yank" Rachell - died at age 87 in 1997 -- he was born before Robert Johnson! -- he wrote blues hits such as "She Caught the Katy" -- the opening song in the movie "The Blues Brothers" -- the man was a true legend -- He was recording with Sonny Boy Williamson (the 1st) and Sleepy John Estes as early as 1929! Anyway, I was one of his lead and slide guitarists from 1981 to 1997, off and on. Yank played Blues mandolin -- look him up -- he was amazing! I moved to Woodstock, NY in 1984 and played with members of "The Band." Rick Danko was my buddy, as was Richard Manuel (I have a lot of friends who are no longer with us, unfortunately -- they had much more tolerance for the hard life than did I -- I was never a good party animal -- I need sleep! -- But I learned a lot about singing and stage presence by playing with them. Let's see...... then, did a whole lot of gigging and recording. Then I moved to Dublin in 1988 to play with Tom Pacheco and The Hellhounds and wound up playing regularly with The Mary Stokes Blues Band (we still get together if we can -- if I go to Ireland or they come to the States -- Mary is a sultry blues singer and her husband, Brain (originally from Connecticut but his grandparents are from Dublin) plays killer blues harmonica! We had a hot band! Upon moving back to the states, I joined a band already signed to Warner Bros. Records called "Grace Pool" (yes, from Jane Eyre!) and we made three records (one was never released), we were on MTV -- (big whoop! -- I was thrilled at the time but now, it's almost embarrassing....) The music of Grace Pool was described as a cross between U2 and Fleetwood Mac. I loved it -- it was complicated music (a good challenge) and I was singing a lot of backup vocals as well as playing 5 different guitars on stage (not at the same time!) anyway, oddly enough, after not playing together since 1992, I am on my way to a recording session with them tomorrow! I'm currently working as a session musician, it seems and gigging a bit while I'm trying to write a book about my life on the road (especially the Irish part )! That country brought out everything in me...and I wrote a lot while I was there. Also, I think the way the Irish respond to music is quite different than the way folks respond to it here in the US. That always happens though -- you go to a foreign country and make it and then your country thinks you're cool. Weird! Over here, I've played with Jerry Lee Lewis a bunch and put out 2 indie records in the 90's. My husband was a big 60's rocker -- anyone remember "The Blues Magoos?" That's Ralph! We play together as well and have written some stuff that we need to record. We have a lot of fun! We have another video coming out on Bravo Canada on some blues show -- I don't know when this is going to start airing but it's out there! aggh! The scattered musical life! We have kids and pets so we have to make everything fit together very carefully -- not a lot of room for plan changes (but of course they always do)! <sigh> -- go with the flow -- that's what the adventurous spirit must do!
;-)
Anyway, thanks again for the welcome! You have some very interesting stories to tell as well. This is the best travel site I've ever checked out. In fact -- it should win an award!

Beki
p.s. -- I did order the DVD version of Jabberwocky for my son! The whole potato thing .... it just....... speaks to me!! I'm as sick as you guys, I guess, huh? LOL
 
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by BB-Scala on 30 April 2003 5:16am
 
oops! I didn't see your comment, Sleepy! Thanks -- yes, I would love to have a HUGE library -- I dream of having a huge, 3 floor, open balconied, wood paneled library with the ladder on a track that takes you around the top floors! I see this in my future! good lighting is key, though.
:-)

Thanks for the welcome!

Beki
 
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by BB-Scala on 30 April 2003 5:20am
 
oops! I didn't see your comment, Sleepy! Thanks -- yes, I would love to have a HUGE library -- I dream of having a huge, 3 floor, open balconied, wood paneled library with the ladder on a track that takes you around the top floors! I see this in my future! good lighting is key, though.
:-)

Thanks for the welcome!

Beki
 
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by BB-Scala on 30 April 2003 5:21am
 
Sorry -- I hit the "back" button and that posted twice --

Beki
 
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by MissTrixiB on 30 April 2003 7:13am
 
Many welcome's Beki!
Ahhhh a musician in our midst! Sad to say, I like music(singing is my release), but never got further than making a demo in L.A. Hmmmm....not famous now, and THAT was over 10 years ago. I think writing about touring through Ireland would be brilliant. Good luck with that. Perhaps we'll have to start a Beki'stravels site!
Enjoy your time here.
kisses-
trixi
 
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by sleepydumpling on 30 April 2003 9:14am
 
Hey Beki

You could just work in the largest library service in the southern hemisphere like I do and have all the books at your fingertips without all the cost!!

Cheers
Kath
 
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by Rusted on 30 April 2003 9:38am
 
Welcome Beki!

Wow.

I am majorly impressed and jealous by that list of artists you've played with. And moving up to to Woodstock to play with some of the Band!

I'm a HUGE fan of the Band and was only too sad when Rick passed away. (Richard died when I was 2, but although I wasn't aware of it at the time, it still gives me the chills now.) It must have been amazing to be able to meet and work with those two guys, as well as Levon and Garth. How very, very cool. Did you see Big Pink at all? :O)

~Mary
 
Re: MORE introductions (for everyone) by BB-Scala on 1 May 2003 10:53am
 
Trixi, Kath and Mary -- thanks again for the WELCOME(s) -- ! It's nice to know that musicians are allowed on this site! When I was in Ireland, I heard tell that there is still a law on the books that allows one to KILL a musician if one doesn't agree with the song the musician is playing (?) It may be a killing after a trial but still, some law is on the books to this day, apparently allowing the hideous treatment of a harmless MUSE! ;-) If someone can find the exact law, that would really make my Millenium!

Trixi -- life is just a Demo for the next Demo (is that of any consolation?!) Yer' only as good as yer' last concert (?) These are all idiotic statements designed to make musicians crazier than they already are! Get the demo out and make an indie record -- everyone else does! Even people who used to be on major labels! :-)

Kath -- the largest library service in the southern hemisphere??!!! WOW!!! How exciting!!! where are you, OZ ? (not the Oz with Dorothy and Toto-- you know what I mean)! That's awesome!

Mary -- I just got back from my recording session and a side trip to Woodstock -- I play a gig there with my son every Wednesday night. I did the band's "Twilight" Rick Danko style -- your message was my inspiration! yeah...... Richard ......... that was very sad...... Anyway, yes, I used to live near Big Pink -- it wasn't pink anymore but I think the person who owns it now has painted it pink again! Levon is cool -- still lives in town and have played with him on several gigs as well. His nickname around here is "The Colonel!" Garth I know and have chatted with off and on -- having a conversation with him can be a rather esoteric experience because he speaks in his own kind of picturesque language. He's an incredible musician and a nice person, too.

On a travel note: I suggest traveling to Woodstock -- it's a vacation town -- lots of history (pre- 20th century) -- really interesting stuff. More than just a place that spawned a concert. it's a fun town with a lot of soul!

:-)
Beki

www.bekibrindle.com
 
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