Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Jack Blanchard's Column August 20 2019











FUN ON THE ROAD


We've been stuck in a lot of dumps,
but we don't want to talk about those today.

Over morning coffee (noon), I asked Misty this:
"All in all, what do you think were the best places we've stayed or played,
like apartments, houses, motels, gigs, and so on?"
She said "That's easy" and named three.

1.
The Sea Palms at Saint Simon's Island provided the best accommodations,
and one of the weirdest jobs of our career, so far.
St. Simon's sits in the blue Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brunswick Georgia.
The booking came with a luxury apartment overlooking a small river.
Tropical flowers, trees and shrubs were trimmed neatly,
and the riverside grass was like a putting green.

Misty liked to sit in the grass and watch the ducks.
One particular duck liked to sit with her.
It moseyed up to her one afternoon,
quacked a few pleasantries, sat by her, tucked in its feet,
puffed up a little, and remained there as long as Misty would stay.

The job was for just us as a duet,
but we had all our keyboards and sounded like a big band.
Nobody knew who owned the place, and a rumor started that Misty and I did.
The lounge manager asked me if it was true,
and I said "Shhh. I can't talk about it."
Within an hour everybody thought we were the secret owners,
and we became royal hosts of a month-long party.
Everybody had fun and we got paid for it.

2.
Another place that is on the top of our list was Key Colony Beach.
The place was called a "boatel", like a motel for boats,
and was situated in the between Key Largo and Marathon, Florida.
The apartments were built on pilings, like a long pier.
Ours was the last apartment, way out in the ocean.

Porpoises played outside our big windows,
and when the tourist fishing boats would come in at sunset,
hoards of seagulls and pelicans would gather noisily,
for the leftover fish that was tossed overboard.

The Steinway grand piano in the dining room was still upside down,
the way Hurricane Donna had left it.
When a bunch of guys turned it right side up for Misty,
it played beautifully.

In the restaurant/lounge we had our five piece band.
At the entrance there was a huge decorative champagne glass
that bubbled as long as it was plugged in.
Nobody in our band drank, so when customers would buy us cocktails
we'd dump them in the fake champagne glass.
We thought it continually brought in new bubbly water, but it didn't.
Soon there were swirling orange peels, olives, and other garbage,
and the imitation champagne was taking on a peculiar color.
When we realized our mistake we tried to look innocent.
The owner was a nice guy and never brought it up.

Our drummer made friends with the chef,
and smuggled out a couple of live lobsters to take to his apartment.
They were tied up and handcuffed, or whatever they do to lobsters,
so, in a hurry, Roy stashed them on the bumper of his car,
which was parked in a dark place.
They either escaped or were stolen,
and Roy cursed the lousy crooks
who would stoop so low as to steal his stolen lobsters.

3.
One foggy summer night we got lost
and checked into a lodge on top of the mountain at Lake Arrowhead.
We got up the next morning,
pulled the cord on the drapes that covered a whole wall,
and they opened onto a huge picture window.
Outside, the mountain forest was covered in two feet of new snow,
without a sign of life, except for some rabbit tracks by our window.
The most beautiful real-life Christmas card we've ever seen…
in California…in June.

I may have told you all this before, but we wanted to hear it again.

Jack Blanchard


Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan...
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
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Billboard Duet of the Year, Grammy and CMA Finalists. 

© Jack Blanchard, 2019 






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