Yes, i know so before you say it i will its been FOREVER since I’ve posted here. I’ve just been so busy lately i havent had time to do much of anything but I’m making a conscious effort to change that.
This past Saturday, I took a ride to The American Legion in Kissimmee, FL. I was informed that both the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall and The Wall Against Terrorism: Honoring Fallen Heroes was to be there on display. Well, unfortunately, the Vietnam piece was not there due to lending bad weather. But The Wall On Terrorism was set up inside one of the halls. I’d never seen nor heard of this before. So I decided to grab a few photos of it.
God Bless America, our fallen heroes & their loved ones!
So in conjunction with my last post about doing some ‘spring cleaning’ and redesigning my website, I’ve taken the forst step in the process by adding a few new stickers. These items (and more similar to come) will now be available via my Zazzle Online Store. please click HERE to go THERE. Or you can always click the respective choices in the drop down menus atop this page.
I’m redoing my website and offerings herein. The process should only take a few days. Many items are being put on the back burner for an indefinite length of time for numerous reasons. Nothing bad or earth shattering. Some new items – photos in particular – are forthcoming. Please check back or subscribe to this blog / website!
Today, August 30th, 2021 would’ve been my old friend and music partner Brad Parkers birthday. We lost him about a year ago, much too soon! I’ve had many friends, buddies and acquaintances in my life. But Brad was the one who taught me the most about basic music theory, how to produce songs properly, gave me many tips on writing songs and more. We both have a mutual friend, Gary Young. Gary is also one of my best friends in life and in the music biz. Gary is the one who taught me how to have more fun with the music, not take it or life so seriously. He’s always telling me to “relax” and “lighten up”. Little bit of an inside joke there 😂. Between the three of us, we were either The Three Caballaros or The The Stooges. It varied depending on the day or night lol.
Back to Brad Parker for now. Brad was the first musician that that I got to play backup keyboards for in the early 1980’s. That in itself made my musical life take a wonderful turn. It taught me that even though I was always the front man when doing my own solo shows, I enjoyed being the ‘back-up guy’ equally as much if not more. I especially liked being a part of Brads songwriting process. He was a fabulous guitar player, fiddle player and could play a few other instruments as well as sing. Brad had this uncanny ability to take the simplest of tunes – mainly country tunes as he was a country music singer / songwriter / player – and turn them into these magnificent finished product songs. Whether they had just a solo acoustic guitar or a barrage of accompanying instruments, it didn’t matter. They were always top notch.
One of the terms I came up with for that style of creative song writing was a “Chevy Nova.” For those of you youngsters that don’t know what a Chevy Nova was, it was a very basic but solid car that us kids (and some adults) could build upon to make a hot race car. The car had a basic but sold proven engine, body, suspension etc.. etc… But after you built it up, you had this fabulous street hot rod. Brad’s songs were like that – simple basic foundation but could be built up or turned into something wonderful. I was already writing when I met and teamed up with Brad. But I learned from that Chevy Nova concept and subsequently wrote a lot of my stuff like that especially when I started really getting into my solo piano and instrumental writing back in the late 1990’s.
Today, I wanted to share this song I wrote for and in honor of Brad Parker on one of my latest albums about half a year ago or so. I called it, “White Mountain Sunset (Remembering Brad)”. The tune is definitely a “Chevy Nova” in that it has only two instruments in there: a piano and a violin or country fiddle sounding stringed instrument. The tune is also extremely simple just like the “Chevy Novas” Brad used to write.
So when you listen to this, picture a country music boy playing his fiddle while watching the sunset over the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, Brad’s home.
Brad, I hope you’ve got a great band going up there in Heaven old buddy. I miss you. Gary and I both miss ya’! And for that matter, so does everyone you’ve ever touched with your music. Signed with whimsy, “Neil Diamond” 😜
The latest greatest episode in my ongoing podcast series, “The Storyteller Almanac“ is now live and available online. The title of this one is, “Paul Revere’s Helper.” It’s a true story about the famous ride of Paul Revere. But it talks about a helper Paul had that night back in Colonial Days you might not have ever been taught in your school days. Presented in the Paul Harvey, “Rest Of The Story Format,” ya’ gotta stick with me until the end of this short story to fully get the impact and surprise ending.
The podcasts can be found on any of the major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. You can also go directly to my podcast home page atwww.StotytellerAlmanac.com to listen. Also on my homepage is a donation button if you feel so inlcined to make a contribution to help keep the podcast up and running. Additionally, please follow or subscribe to the podcast on any of the aforementioned podcast platforms so you won’t miss any future episodes.
Thanks for droppin’ by neighbor! Mike – The Storyteller” 🙂
This weeks episode in my ongoing podcast series, “The Storyteller Almanac” tells the story of someone named Sara Hale. Sara made famous the old children’s rhyme, “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” But she also ended up being responsible for one of our most celebtrated Holidays in America today. Tune in to find out which Holiiday and to learn … “The Rest Of The Story!”
Please follow or subscribe to my podcast which can be found on most major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. You can also find the podcast and more detailed information on the main podcast page – www.StorytellerAlmanac.com. And if you feel so inclined, please drop a donation of any size on the homepage of the podcast to help defer costs and keep the podcast going!
Thanks for dropping’ by, neighbor! Peace – “Mike – The Storyteller” 🙂
The latest episode in my ongoing podcast series, “The Storyteller Almanac” is now live and online. You can find the podcast on the major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. This particular episode is timely in that – back in July of 1985, I was asked to do something musical for two people that were about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. This podcast episode tells the back story plus showcases the song I ended up writing and singing for them. Little did I know this song would become synonymous with me (Mike Thomas) and my music career. I guess I hit upon a more of a nerve than I planned on as lots of people constantly told me how they could relate to the tune in some manner or fashion.
The podcast can also be found on my main podcast page, www.StorytellerAlmanac.com. Please follow and/or subscribe to the podcast so as not to miss any future episodes. You’ll receive automatic notifications and downloads of those future podcasts. Also, if you feel so inclined, please drop a donation at my main podcast page to help defer costs and keep this podcast going.
Thanks for droppin’ by, neighbor! “Mike – The Storyteller” 🙂
The latest episode in my ongoing podcast series, “The Storyteller Almanac” is out now and available on the major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. You can also find it on my main podcast page: www.StorytellerAlmanac.com. The title of this weeks’ episode is, “Sarah Colley.” Sarah was a famous entertainer best known in the country music circles. Presented in my favorite “Paul Harvey / Rest Of The Story” format, ya’ gotta stick with me till the end to find out just who I’m talking about in this story.
Please follow or subscribe to my podcast via the major podcast platforms so you want miss any future podcast episodes. And if you feel so inclined, please make a donation of any size on my main page (www.StorytellerAlmanac.com) to help defer costs for this podcast and help keep it going.
Thanks for droppin’ by, Neighbor! “Mike – The Storyteller” 🙂
This week’s episode of The Storyteller Almanac is being released early to coincide with July 4th / Independence Day 2021. The story is about a song I wrote and recorded back in 1991 – “Freedoms Wings” – for an album I did back then called, “Heritage.” Rather than explain it here, just tune in and listen to hear the whole story behind it all. There are some poignant ‘Americana’ audio clips inserted within the tune. The narration at the beginning of the piece is also something I wrote for the “Heritage” CD back in the day. That narration was done by an old friend – Donald MacCallum. Thank you Donald!
You can find the podcast on the major podcast platforms like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and similar. You can also find it on my main page for the podcast: www.StorytellerAlmanac.com, Please follow or subscribe to the podcast so as not to miss any future eposodes. Additionally, if you feel so inclined, please consider donating any amount to help keep this podcast going. You can find the donation button on my main podcast page.
Thanks for droppin’ by neighbor. Once again, Happy Independence Day 2021!!!
Today being National Camera Day (June 29th, 2021), I thought I’d give y’all a bonus episode in my ongoing podcast series, “The Storyteller Almanac.” This is a story about someone who contributed to and helped change the world of photography forever. It’s a short one – about 2-3 minutes long. My podcast is available on the major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more. You can also navigate to my podcast main page at www.StorytellerAlmanac.Com. Please subscribe or follow my podcast so you won’t miss any future episodes. And if you’re feeling generous and appreciative, please feel free to make a donation of any amount to help defer the costs of producing the podcasts. The donation button can be found on my podcast main page (www.StorytellerAlmanac.Com). Thanks for stoppin’ by, neighbor! “Mike The Storyteller”.
The latest episode in my ongoing podcast series, “The Storyteller Almanac” is up online and live. This one tells a story about an endearing, long time radio broadcaster from Tulsa, Oklahoma. That’s all ya’ get for descriptiveness this week :). Ya’ just have to tune in and listen to this entertaining story to find out just who this person is. You can find the podcast on major podcast platforms. Or go directly to www.StorytellerAlmanac.com to listen. Please feel free to subscribe or follow the podcast on those aforementioned major platforms (like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more). Also, if you like what you’ve been hearing all along and feel like making a donation to help defer the costs of the podcast and keep it going, you can now do so at the main page www.StorytellerAlmanac.com.
Thanks for droppin’ by neighbor. “Mike – The Storyteller” 🙂
This weeks’ episode in my ongoing podcast series, “The Storyteller Almanac” is now live and available for download / listening. This is about a very famous and well known celebrity and philanthropist in American Culture. Beyond his celebrity status, he left a legacy and foundation that is still in operation today benefiting thousands upon thousands of families in need. It’s presented in my favorite, “Paul Harvey / Rest Of The Story” format. In other words, ya’ gotta stick with me till the end to figure out who it is I’m talking about :).
The podcast is available on major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. Please follow / subscribe to the podcast so you won’t miss any future episodes. You can also find the podcast at www.StorytellerAlmanaca.com as well. And if you feel so inclined and generous, please feel free to make any size donation to help deflect the costs of this free podcast I incur regularly. I’ve set up a donation option on the website www>StprytellerAlmanac.com.
Thanks for droppin’ by, neighbor! Peace – “Mike The Storyteller” 🙂