February 2016 Update

Much has happened since I posted last spring. The biggest news, is my wife and I were blessed with a son on July, 11 2015. His name is Copper Ray and he is so awesome!

Welcome to the planet, Copper!

Welcome to the planet, Copper!

He’s already very musical! It might run in the family.

Slappin' Them Skins, Daddy-o!

Slappin’ Them Skins, Daddy-o!

Yeah, that's right. I gots some chops!

Yeah, that’s right. I gots some chops!

Here we are seven months later and he’s growing way too fast! So, as you can guess, we’ve had our hands quite full this last year.

So handsome!

So handsome!

Speaking of hands, or in this case, shoulders (they are connected I guess) I had to undergo a complete replacement of my left shoulder in November. I have been experiencing chronic pain due to osteoarthritis in both shoulders for years. The left, however, was far worse than the right. So, I got a new one!

New Left Shoulder

I took three and a half months off work to recover and rehabilitate. All is well on the mend. I started back to work February 11.

One of the new hobbies/obsessions I have gotten into since my son’s birth, is building cigar box instruments. It all began with a box of cigars I bought to celebrate his birth. One of the unique features I built into that particular instrument was, I put a copy of his birth certificate on the inside so in can be viewed through the sound hole. Neat-o! Sounds pretty good too!

Copper's Cigar Box Ukulele

Copper’s Cigar Box Ukulele

Copper's Birth Certificate

Copper’s Birth Certificate

Here’s the second one I built. I began this one before the shoulder surgery and finished it up after. I think it looks pretty good and has good volume but, the intonation is off. It was still a really fun build.

Cigar Box Uke No. 2

Cigar Box Uke No. 2

Now, I have around 10-15 cigar boxes laying around the house waiting to be made musical! I’m waiting until I acquire more tools. I already got a compound mitre saw. My brother got me a table saw for Christmas. Thanks Tim! Now, I need a drill press and most of all, a new work bench. It’ll all take time but it’ll get there. Part of the fun is getting all the stuff together.

Another thing I started doing while I was off work and recuperating, I began taking piano lessons. This has always been a dream of mine. I’m feeling emotional about it even as I write this.

A friend of ours moved out of state and didn’t want to have to move her piano. She sold it to us for a smoking deal. It was just sitting there and I couldn’t take it!. I’m three lessons in and I absolutely love it! Thank you Tami!

Thank you Tammi

Thank you Tami

I’ve also replaced my old 48 key midi controller with a full 88 key model so I can get the full effect when and if (sigh) I ever start recording again.

Well, that’s should about cover everything up to now. It’s been a very full year and we have all been extremely blessed. I look forward to this year and all the good that will come during it.

~ Dave

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