Playing in a Band was “Prophet~able”

Back in the Mid 70’s and lasting through the Early 80’s this Band was the Most Fun I could have. While we were often compared to Ambrosia, a laughable yet humbling Compliment as Ambrosia was and remains “Off-the Friggin’-Charts” Fabulous, we did enjoy ourselves immensely.  Would I give my Left Leg to play in a group like this again?  I would…..and perhaps one arm as well…..or Maybe Not.  🎩  🍎

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Many thanks to our Buds in Ambrosia……for being such an Inspiration. Give a listen and head on over to YouTube for another byte.

I’m Overwhelmed….and Humbled. ❤️

I owe MANY people an apology of sorts. When I began posting here on WordPress just a couple of weeks ago I expected that the response to my posts would be the same as on Instagram and Twitter….Non-Existant. Instead, I’m going to have to get a bigger Mailbox.  I promise, as I get to know what these buttons do, I’ll try to Connect with all of you who’ve been so kind as to send me the Notes that you have. Until I can figure them out, I ask for your patience. 🎩 🍎

Having said that, I’m fully aware that 20% of you are going to turn out to be Creepy, usually Men wearing a Woman’s Profile, and another 20% will be trying to sell me something that Nobody wants or needs.  I don’t say those words as a way to “dis” anyone….cuz as you’ll discover, I simply say what I feel…..I use my own name on EVERYTHING that I write, no exceptions, and there are some topics that I’m simply unable and unwilling to answer if they hit areas I’m not comfortable with.

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As an example, MANY of the notes I receive are asking about my Days at Fender Musical Instruments. Yes, I’m that guy…..and Yes, I enjoyed much of what I did there, Worked hard for Every Award that I was presented, and I received many…by refusing to follow the “Rule Book”…..but imagine if you will that you spent a large part of your life working for “Dunkin’ Donuts”….. Would you want to spend your “Golden Years” talking about “Dunkin’ Donuts”?  I didn’t think so. I’m ALWAYS more than happy to share what I recall about “RB Classics”…..my stuff from the Custom Shop.  🍎 🤔

Having said that, should you wish to discuss Michael Tobias Design aka “MTD” or “Ernie Ball/Music Man”, I’m all ears. Hofner is also biggie for me as well…..McCartney is still “My Guy”….so that’s to be expected. I ADORE Rickenbacker as well……but if you’re one of those RIC owners who still has the American Flag decal on your RIC, I’ll make fun of you …Mercilessly…..and do so in front of your Friends. I simply can’t help myself.IMG_5863.jpg

I’ll hit one other point here and then let you go.  I’m OFTEN accused by people who don’t know a THING about me as being “Sexist”. I’ve never figured that out but those doing the accusing usually refer to the pictures I post and my favorite quote of all time is this:  “Rich, you never post pictures of Ugly Women.” ….. and then the Sender of said note/DM Blocked me.  I’m fine with that cuz I’ve never met an “Ugly Woman”. When God made us She made Women in her Image and then made Men out of the Spare Parts she had laying around and using an Etch-a-Sketch as her drawing board.  I suspect that the board hit the floor a couple of times as She laughed hysterically, drawing a Male making love to his partner while still wearing Shoes and Socks. To be fair, she stuck Women with the need to purchase every pair of Shoes they can Find. I’ve never understood that either. 👠

I was working for a Bass Amp company for a VERY Short time and was sitting in a Sales Meeting, my first with them, and witnessed a soon-to-be-released advertisement presentation showing a scantily clad woman sitting seductively on a Speaker Cabinet as a Male Bass Player did his thing. The message was Clear. Men do the Playing and Women have the Orgasms while melting on the Vibrating Cabinet. It was the most disgusting thing I’d ever seen in the Music Industry…..and I’ve seen MANY…so I closed my briefcase, told those in attendance that they would fail as a Company within a year (they did) and I walked out. I’ve often been embarrassed to be a Male…..and to SEE what Men will write to a Woman…Online. Let’s be Clear….the NUMBER of Rude Men was shrinking ….until Trump made it Cool to be a “Public Pig”….now it’s rising again.  I Support Women in Music….. and in Life. Sexist?  I think Not. You’ll form your own opinions as you get to know me….as will I…concerning you.  ❤️

Who’s this?  @GretchenMenn  One of the most Talented Guitar Players on the Planet….. and what’s she playing?  A MusicMan guitar.  Do I adore her?  I do.  Why?  Cuz she’s Amazingly Kind….as well as Blazingly Talented. b1747533-cc29-407d-84a3-947ceababe11.jpg

Bottom Line:  That Video up top. Did you give it a Look and a Listen?  If not, please do. I just found this and haven’t been able to connect with the Singer…..but if we were to apply a few Suggestions I think She could be a Monster.  ☕️

Bass-ically Yours,
Rich Briere  🎩  🍎

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