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Tim Moore’s MUSINGS for the week of July 12th, 2021

What a 4th in Luckenbach! Viva Jerry Jeff!

Ahhh, Buckeroos (to steal from Jerry Jeff’s Getting’ By). . . .

I told y’all last week that my 4th would be spent, as I have many times before, at one of the most fabulous places on earth: Luckenbach, Texas

Well, it was quite a day. Three bands played—the wonderful Walt Wilkins Band, The Wagoneers (inductees into the Texas Music Hall of Fame, and some of whose members have written multiple Top 10 hits, including a #1 for George Strait), and The Lost Austin Band, fronted by the legendary Bob Livingston (more on him below).

Each band paid tribute to the good ol’ USA in different ways, including a stirring rendition of God Bless America by The Wagoneers.

Each set was fabulous, but the last set was a special one because of the setting. You see, Bob Livingston—all 73 years of him; spry as a kid, too—was the Founding Member of the Lost Gonzo Band, the band that backed up Jerry Jeff Walker for years—including the historic album, Viva Terlingua, recorded at Luckenbach in 1973 and about which I have written before in these Musings.

The Lost Austin Band played a bunch of their own songs and the songs which they have recorded with others—such as Michael Martin Murphey, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and others. And then Bob began to tell stories about the recording of Viva Terlingua, song by song as he and the band played almost the entire album.

Magical. The ghost of Jerry Jeff filled the air.

Speaking about Jerry Jeff. . . . Luckenbach held a special Jerry Jeff tribute on June 5th, 2021. And guess who showed up? A host of people Jerry Jeff befriended over the years came to say “thank you” one last time: Jimmy Buffett; the greatest voice in Country Rock history, Emmylou Harris; Michael Martin Murphey (the Cosmic Cowboy); Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, and others.

Jerry Jeff loved Luckenbach so much that he and Susan—his wife of many years—got married there right smack in the General Store years ago.

To give you a sense of the Luckenbach experience, here is a video of an evening performance of Jerry Jeff at Luckenbach from 2007:

Podcast of Lt. Colonel Harry Stewart, Jr of The Tuskegee Airmen

Listen Friday to a podcast with a true living legend and hero, a man in the first wave of the all-black Tuskegee Airmen, the famed Fighter Group of WWII—and by record one of the most successful, too.

Harry’s life story is a tale of remarkable spirit and gumption. He is one of the few remaining heroes of that Group at 96 years old.

Have a listen to what greatness sounds like this Friday.

All the best.

Rick Tocquigny’s Success to Significance

While traveling this week, it dawned on me that greatness often originates where an artist or writer resides.

During a stroll down the streets of Belves, France, we dropped into a tiny music store. First attracted by the vintage blue Ludwig bass drum and head that blared out “play me,“ entering this shop we discovered an ordinary guy who turned into an extraordinary luthier (string instrument maker)

Guillame, the shopkeeper, wearing a baseball cap and protective mask, welcomed us into his domain. Can I play your drum kit? “Why not?” Guillame’s wife enters the room and offers a stool for me to sit and play.

She tells us that her husband was a nurse and hated his work. They had moved from Toulouse to Belves and bought this shop on the main street for Guillame to pursue his true passion- building custom guitars.

After playing a bit, Guillame picks up one of his handmade guitars, classically cut from local basswood on his own bandsaw, and begins to play a blues riff reminiscent of Jon Baptiste. I pick up the beat and we are instantly a jazz band.

After we jam for a while, Guillame shows all the guitars he has made and tell us about the first five that were sold. This guy is created some of the most special, collectible guitars in the world. He smiles broadly as he talks about his babies. He has found his proverbial groove in life.

I think the location of Belves in the Dordogne region of France has much to do with Guillame’s creativity and imagination. In this area of hundreds of castles, vineyards, beautiful food, truffles and chateaus, arises an inventive guitar maker.   He has discovered his own level of significance, creating something that truly matters to him…..and to us, too.

Quote I’m Pondering: “You can’t do passion halfway. Living your passion means you’re all in. You trust your heart and trust your gut wherever that takes you.” Joe Plumeri

Favorite Podcast of the Week: Eric Benhamou, former Chairman of 3Com. https://www.spreaker.com/user/4383588/smtl-ericbenhamou  He learned how to build microprocessor from THE inventors himself. Our take from this interview is that greatness emanated from Silicon Valley with success begetting success. Enjoy this one.

Best Poem Discovered about the Good Life:

Going for a walk,

And maybe a little talk,

Seeing fields never seen before,

Of such beauty, you can’t ignore.

Chance encounters of yellow, gold and green.

Sunflowers, wheat and vineyards,

Stretching as far as you can see.

From our Creator’s hand to nourish,

Oil, bread and wine,

Ancient food from the Divine.

Of yellow, gold and green.

Was this the walk of the Good life?

Shared moments with my wife.

Gifts of beauty and pure goodness.

Presents that can’t be missed.

Now photographs in my heart.

Capturing the bliss.

Memories of the Good life once seen.

On a walk of yellow, gold and green.

Have a great week of significance.   Rick

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