An Apple a Day…….

OK…..I HAVE to share this with You…..

Over the past few weeks my Apple Magic Mouse has been sick. At first I thought it was Cancer of the Mouse……It was eating Batteries like Donuts and Connecting and Disconnecting at Will. It also just didn’t feel right. Today it died.

I called Apple after checking where I was going to go get a replacement. The NEW Magic Mouse is $79……I was Sad.

They climbed into my Computer via the phone line and looked around…..”Hmmmm’ , Aghhhhh'” said the Tech. I was waiting for the “Death Certificate” for the Poor Mouse….but….

Interjection required here! I used to used NON-Apple products. 2 Dells died on me in rapid succession. I had a HP Laptop that I had nothing but problems with. 10 days after the Warranty Expired, so did the $1,000 Laptop.

Those are the Breaks” said HP….. “Eat Shit and Die”, said I. I bought my first Apple iMac 12 minutes later. Other Apple Products followed.

Happy Ending!!!

The Head Service Tech at Apple gets on the phone, introduces himself and says…… “Rich, I just looked at your Account. Your new Magic Mouse is going out the Door in about 8 minutes….you’ll have it tomorrow before noon”.

My Heart stopped beating for a second.

“How much will all this cost me? The $79 Mouse? The Overnight Shipping? The Service Charge?”

Ready? “It’s free…N/C …We’ve got you on This one….just toss the 4 year old Mouse….or Bury it”

I sat here…..Stunned. I’m STILL Stunned. $100 worth of Mouse and Shipping. No Charge. No Stress. No Acid Indigestion.

Apple Friggin’ Rocks!!!


Facebook is Failing.

I’ll be the First to Admit it unless someone Else wants to Join in and Help me…….What am I Admitting? I’m admitting that Facebook is really becoming a DRAG.  First we have Daily, Non-Stop Trump Battles.

Then we have Folks who pretend that NONE of that shit Matters and they Carry on as if Reality doesn’t Matter.

Drama is a Biggie… is Cruelty……and Politics/NRA

I may be overly sensitive at the Moment but a Couple  of Hours ago a Very Nice Woman, an artist in fact, posted two pics:  The first was a Selfie……clearly showing that she MAY possess two of the Finest Breasts ever Created. That post got HAMMERED by Hundreds of Guys saying the Rudest shit on Earth to her.  Some of the Comments proposed Marriage….a Proposal which their Current Wives wouldn’t have found Funny….I’m fairly certain of that.

Next she Posted two of her pieces of Art….. *Crickets*…Nothing.  Very Nice paintings.  Nothing.

I spent most of last night sitting right here deleting 4800 photos that I’ve taken over the past couple of years …… I couldn’t sleep cuz the Ringing in my Ears was at an all-time high. I’d just come from a Gig where the drummer plays so loud that I’ve come to the Conclusion that I simply can’t play with them anymore. The Good news?  I did get to delete 3756 of the pics. ❤  Reminders of Relationships Gone Baimages-9d, Hundreds of pics from Luthiers and Trump Memes all Gone.

Pics of Mother Nature, Beautiful Things and Basses Remain…..A Fresh Start. Am I frustrated?  I must be cuz these Words don’t sound like me……but I’ll be fine.  ❤

Pioneer Valley Players Sought ~ Oakley’s Ghost Revisited?

Oakley’s Ghost Rises from the Dead !
After spending 20 Years Away from Western Mass… I returned from New York…expecting to find at least SOME things in “MusicVille” as they once were. SOME things are better…..the “Iron Horse” for example-I’ve been there three times in a week to see and hear INCREDIBLE bands! But, MANY things have faded away: MANY Music Stores are gone, Venues are Gone, Affordable Concerts are Gone and, while not limited to Western Mass, INTEREST in “music” itself seems to have taken a hike.

I KNOW that the musicians are here in the Pioneer Valley (I hear you breathing) and that we all have the same DESIRE to MAKE music….but I DO have to admit that after putting together the costs of buying gear, spending the time learning to play, buying gas, LUGGING gear around and shelling out a never-ending river of ca$$$h for other expenses involved in rehearsing and performing, only to find that the $9 you made “at the door” falls FARRRRRR short of the expenses incurred to do the gig is…well…downright depressing. 😦

Make no mistake, I don’t play to make money….VERY few of us do….but I SURE would like to find a few MATURE, Valley Residents, who have GREAT gear that they LOVE dearly and a set of ears to go with it,…. and Wonderful personalities ….people who might be interested in joining myself and a BRILLIANT lead guitarist in putting “Oakley’s Ghost” back in the saddle. I BELIEVE that we might be Collectively Known as DREAMERS….but ya’ can’t KNOW unless you try….right???

Type of music??? If you’d LOVE to hear something akin to “Tom Petty” or “Bruce Springsteen” coming off of the stage that YOU’RE performing on, and YOU have the talent and desire to make that music happen, we should talk. If we don’t end up playing together, perhaps we could all sit at one of our homes, sipping wine, eating cashews and enjoying MAGNIFICENTLY produced 5.1 DVD BluRays in our Home Theatres …WISHING that WE could be those we see….along with those who USED to support live music but no longer find music beginning at 10 pm, ending at 2 pm and interrupted by non-stop requests for “FREEBIRD” from one of those three drunks standing in the back an enjoyable thing to take part in. Wanna’? :^>)

Bass-ically Yours,
Rich Briere


I Think I’ll give this Another Try.

It’s been about 4 years since I used this site as a method of communication…haven’t stopped by even once to see what was going on. Not surprisingly, nothing has. Since then MANY changes have taken place in my Life.  It’s now 7:30 on Sunday Morning and I’ve not yet gone to bed….so I’m going to begin learning how to use WordPress again by first thanking Cate Derham for the inspiration to begin again….Richard Page for the Musical Inspiration….and Facebook for allowing me to see the light…and Quit.  I hope to see you soon.  Love and Peace to all……  ❤ 20140818_190011.jpg