So….I Received a Phone Call…..

The Phone Call came from a dear friend….one who knows I don’t watch Television…and she told me to turn on CNN. As she’s not one to kid about the important things in life I did as she suggested. Sure enough, there it was…an Advertisement from Facebook !!!  They were looking to sell Space to NEW USERS? !!!  Say what!?  The Facebook Empire is Collapsing  so quickly that they’re advertising on Television in order to try and stop the Bleeding??  Yup. When’s the last time you saw an advertisement of ANY kind from Facebook!?  Well, the ads are out there now. Facebook needs new Sheep.

Obviously, I’m not a Fan of Facebook.  I was. At one time I wasn’t just a “Fan”…I was an Addict….just like You.  Once I discovered what the “Real Deal” was with those Clowns I began the Slow but VERY Neccesary process of DELETING every word I’d ever written on Facebook. I removed every picture, every post, every album and every Direct Message…a process which took me a couple hours a day for almost three months. Finally, there it was…a completely Blank Screen….filled only with one last form letter from Facebook….asking what I was doing. “You can’t do that!  Your Account is is Danger!”

They asked MAimages.jpegNY times during the process as that’s their money being flushed down the Drain. You with me here? Facebook isn’t FREE….cuz we’re the product being Sold…for Big Buck$. And the real kicker came during the Congressional Hearings…when it was admitted that they don’t just keep an Eye on you when you’re on Facebook. They know where you are online at all times. Does your Mother know where you go…online?  I didn’t think so. 🙂

One of the things which amazes me to this day is that, if the Government asked you to publish where your Children were at all times of the day and Night, you’d go nuts….and yet people do it all day long on Facebook….without so much as a Care. Somebody fill me in on that process…. PLEASE…cuz I TRULY don’t get that one. I don’t have any kids…but I still feel some sense of responsibility to protect yours.  Perhaps you knowing how many Pedophiles inhabit the walls of Facebook, each looking for prey, YOUR KIDS,would help you along in regaining your senses.

Until we meet again…..let’s join keyboards and Celebrate as we watch the Fall of the Empire….cuz the Emperor has No Clothes!! Facebook is Draining at an incredible Rate.

Unknown-1.jpegPS:  I do realize that Admitting that you’re an Addict is tough….it was for me, too. And removing all of your Content sounds like a lot of work…..but I had a Shit-TON of content. You might have far less….and you DO want to leave your Account Spotless when you turn the key for the last time and Hit DELETE…not DEACTIVATE. Should you simply delete YOUR account “AS IS”, YOUR Content, every word, becomes THEIR Content….and they’ll simply continue to sell it…Forever.    Questions?  🎩

Richard Page ~ He Snuck up on Me.

Richard Page ~ Mr Mister Goes it Alone.

Richard REALLY came to me via Ringo. I’d known of him before but it was seeing and hearing him Live with Ringo where he really grabbed me and I could relate to every word he spoke…Every move he Made…Every Note he played. I then sought him out…found his Website and, in the process, gave myself permission to continue to Hope for Happiness within my own Music.

Once again, I’m flying out the door and still recovering from Double Trouble….a Recent Eye Surgery followed two days later by a Whopping Sinus Infection which is now holding my Lungs Hostage. Get to know Richard. Visit his site and learn with and from him.  The World needs more Heroes…..Humble Heroes…..and he IS that…..and much More.

Richard Page ~ Singer / Songwriter / Gentleman

Good Golly Miss Molly!

My posts in the next few days will be Brief and to the Point as I’m working on 27 different projects…IMG_3156.jpg but having just left Instagram I wanted to get a bit of Content on here so those stopping by won’t think me a Sloth.

My favorite WordPress site these days is right here… our Heroes, Steve and Molly Gowa, are doing a bit of..uhm…”housecleaning”.  I think you’re gonna’ LOVE this tale…and the pics are fabulous. Go ahead…..Click…and Behold.  ❤️

The Ultimate “Before and After” ~ Molly Gowa

Barred owl, left for dead on Rt. 112 and rescued by Colrain man, takes flight

By Mary C. Serreze

Special to The Republican

COLRAIN — Richard Briere of Colrain says he feels a deep sense of reverence after helping to save the life of a barred owl that was hit by a car and left for dead along Route 112 Wednesday.

Briere had just visited the pet groomer with his dog Baxter and was headed home on the state road north of Route 2 when he saw what looked like a large clump of feathers in the road.

“It was too big for any small bird,” he said. “I stopped. It was an owl. I thought it was dead. But when I picked it up it was still warm. Its heart was beating. Its eyes were closed and there was blood running down its face.”

Briere said several motorists stopped, including a woman who started “screaming hysterically.”

“We sent her on her way,” said Briere. “And another motorist knew what to do. He stopped traffic in both directions, which gave us a little space.”

Briere said he happened to have a big cardboard box in his vehicle that was partially filled with cracked corn. “I had just picked up the corn to feed the turkeys on my hill,” he said. “So I laid the owl in the box, closed the top, and called my brother.”

Breire’s brother Gary made a series of phone calls to find a veterinarian who would take the bird. He soon got back to Briere, telling him Dr. Robert Schmidt at the South Deerfield Veterinary Clinic would be waiting for him.


“By the time I got to South Deerfield, I thought I’d have a dead owl,” said Briere. “But I opened the top of the box, and there were two eyes looking up at me.”

Dr. Schmidt took immediate action and wrapped the shocked bird in a blanket.

“Then the owl spun his head around and looked into my eyes,” said Briere. “It was as if he was looking straight into my soul.”

An exam revealed the bird had suffered a concussion, but that its wings and talons were intact. The doctor performed first aid and cleaned the bird’s injuries. When the patient, now named “Dwight D. Owl,” was deemed stable, he was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator in Bernardston.

“She took really good care of Dwight,” said Briere of the Bernardston woman, who prefers to remain anonymous.

“On Friday, Dwight decided that he’d had enough. He made it abundantly clear. She opened the door, and he flew into her barn.”

The owl stayed in the barn for quite a while, regaining its bearings, said Dwight, before “heading into the sky and flying straight back over the mountain toward the area where I originally found him.”

Briere said he wonders who would possibly hit such a magnificent creature and keep driving.

“Route 112 between Route 2 and Vermont is loaded with people from Connecticut and New York driving way too fast,” he said. “Who knows. I didn’t see it. It just seems very cruel.”

Briere said the story, which he originally posted on Facebook, has been shared all over social media. He’s received many emails, including one from a Native American man who told Briere his fateful interlude with the barred owl was deeply significant.

“Someone said I was a hero,” said Briere. “But I’m no hero. Anyone with a heart would have done the same thing.”

Briere said the rescue would not have been possible without his brother Gary, without Dr. Schmidt, without the wildlife rehabilitator, and without the anonymous motorist who kept a cool head and stopped traffic on Route 112.

“It was the most moving experience of my life to pick up that owl and hear his heart still beating,” said Briere. “I was just the ambulance.”


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Life: Before and After Meds.

So here’s one of those posts which, 5 minutes after I post it, …I’ll wish I hadn’t.  Ready?

I had a stroke awhile back and was immediately put on about a dozen meds…..In a imagesrelatively short period of time my personality changed…..My Creativity was gone and I was incapable of expressing Emotion. ….  cuz I simply didn’t HAVE any Emotion.  Tears were a thing of the past. I didn’t KNOW that they were gone……cuz the Anti-depressants  and other Fun-Pharmas kept a tight lid on what my Mind would allow. I had Dreams that would cause Stephen King to Shit himself……and I had them every night. In other words…..I was becoming a Zombie without a Clue. Then I smashed my BACK to pieces. Aging Sucks……so I now ignore it.  ❤ ❤   YOU can get old if you’d like…..but I’m NOT going with you.

Why am I telling you this?  Cuz I just read the report on how many Americans eat pills like Candy……and Now Heroin has become HUGE with our / your kids.

So…..shortly after quitting Coca-Cola (2 2-litre bottles a day) and all soft drinks)…..and going through the withdrawal (and trust me….there is one when you quit Caffeine), I consulted one of the most brilliant medical minds in the Country on how to take the next Step.

Me:  I can’t take this anymore……this shit is killing me. I’m not going to take another pill.

Doc:  If you go Cold Turkey…..You’ll Die. No Joke. You’ll Die.

Me: Death wasn’t really something I was looking forward to…..but neither is living to be 85 and wearing diapers.

Doc:  OK…..Here’s the plan. In 2 months, you’ll be clean.

images-1Results after following “The Plan:  I’m clean…..have been for a couple of months now. Life has never been better. I sleep like a baby… too much pizza…..but….My Mind has returned. My Music is better. My “Essential shakes” have disappeared…..and, get this, I CRY when I watch sad movies!!!  Holy Crap!!! Where did THAT come from!!??

There’s a Reason why. In TV Commercials, they repeat the symptoms you could “Experience” while distracting you with film of folks having a Great Time. Naked in a Bath tub…Holding Hands!  If you HEAR the same message time after time the message means NOTHING to you…..What you SEE takes over…..and you no longer think the Symptoms “Including Death”…..could happen to you. Guess what?  They Can….and they Do. So….Ask YOUR Doctor if LIVING is Right for You.

Do yourself a Favor…..Get a Second Opinion. ….. and a third if need be….cuz Big Pharma sends some Doctors on Nice Vacations if they keep selling “Lots of Product”.   STRONGLY consider getting off of that shit…cuz it WILL kill you. Your Mind is a Terrible thing to Waste.

My thanks to my 3 Docs, none of whom knew one another, who had a phone conference…..and especially my Neurologist who called me at home at 10 P.M that night and talked to me for more than an Hour.

Bottom Line.  You’re NOT Nuts……but Pills take over your Body AND your Mind and they CHANGE You. Consider getting Yourself back……Does it suck for a couple of weeks?  Yup……then you Spread your Wings and you Fly…. like a Friggin’ Eagle. You’re a Champion……cuz Mother Nature made you one.

Good Luck.  Rich Briere.

images-2.jpegFootnote:  I’m not a Doctor nor do I play one on TV…..but in the Department of “Everything Happens for a Reason”…..I’d like to thank Several folks and your names will appear in the Comments below so as not to cause you to remove Tags……but a Special Thanks to the entire Porcaro Family…..because, with Love and Respect to all of you, your Losses gave me back MY Life.  I owe each of you in a HUGE Way.

The Players on this Tune got me through my Darkest Days during my Withdrawal….not the Message… as Much as the Guys Delivering it…….  Love and Peace to All. ❤ ❤ ❤

Life is Bassilicious…….  Rich Briere


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