Sh-Boom and the end of 2014

It’s hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago I was a vagabond roaming the country depending on the kindness of strangers for a place to sleep. Of coarse a number of the people that I stayed with were not exactly strangers. Still they were kind to allow me to stay in their homes and often feed me. This year has provided me with memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Living in Travelers Rest these past weeks has proven to be a continuation of the adventure that I’ve been on this year. Every where I go I talk with people and so many of them have offered a warm welcome to South Carolina. The shop owners and staff that I have met in downtown Greenville and Travelers Rest all tell me that I’ll really going to enjoy living in the upstate. The folks that I talked to on the street during the Fall for Greenville festival downtown were welcoming and friendly. They all say that the upstate is the place to be and I believe them.

State Highway 25 runs through Travelers Rest and takes me up to Interstate 26 which runs up through Asheville, NC. It has taken me there quite often these past three weeks. I have been considering joining the Land of the Sky Chorus. Within the chorus there is a small group that calls themselves Sh-Boom. I auditioned with them and have attended a couple of there rehearsals. They are an interesting group of guys. They sing Doo Wop which is a very specific style of music that was extremely popular in the 50’s and early 60’s. It has continued to survive and you can find Doo Wop groups scattered all over the country if you look for them. Through the years the Genre continues to have it’s fans and has experienced numerous revivals of sorts. I am very happy to be singing with them.

Interstate 385 runs from the downtown area of Greenville and connects with Interstate 26 taking me down to Columbia, SC. Actually it would be more accurate to say Lexington and Leesville, SC. My little sister Lu has a Leesville address and Ann Knox has a Lexington address. Ann sings in the Heart of Columbia Chorus with Lu and they have recently been singing together in a quartet. Ann and I have been spending time together getting to know each other a little bit. She is a lovely lady. We have quite a bit in common since we both love to sing Barbershop Harmony and have both lost our spouses.

I will be heading back to Indianapolis around the 18th of December. The Freeman family always tries to do a caroling event prior to Christmas each year. We go out to several homes or retirement centers/nursing homes to sing for folks that are not able to get out. Mom spearheads the event but we all make suggestions about where to go. We usually end up having deserts and hot chocolate afterwards at someone’s home. It looks like this year Ann will be coming up that weekend and will add her beautiful voice to the group.

The remainder of 2014 looks to be full of singing with quite a lot of driving and family time mixed in. I’m very happy that I will be with my daughter and two grandsons for Christmas this year.

The search continues for a job that will allow me to plug in my unique skills and still allow me lots of flexibility to go and do the things that I really want to do.

Thank you to those who expressed a desire for me to continue telling my story in this blog. Your friendship means so much to me!

Is it November already?

2014 qualifies as one of the most unique years of my life. So much has happened. So many things have changed. This time last year I was hoping for change and I can honestly say that I am not disappointed.

I really have to give props to my family because there is no way that I would have been able to do what I did this year without their help. I have an absolutely incredible supportive family for which I am so very grateful!

I’ve only been in Travelers Rest for a little over a month and I already feel at home. I am loving it. When I pull out of the driveway and drive down past the Walmart and look off into the distance at the mountains it does something inside of me. As I unload my bike from the back of my van and head down the Swamp Rabbit Trail I breath in the fresh air and enjoy the view and exercise. Before loading the bike back onto the van I always ride up through TR past the shops and businesses.

Just recently I have been driving up highway 25 to Asheville, NC to check out the Land of the Sky chorus. Within the Asheville chapter there is a Doo-Wop group called Sh Boom. I auditioned recently and will be singing with them as soon as I can get up to speed on their repertoire. It looks to be a lot of fun!

I am back in Indianapolis this week because my daughter is due to deliver my second grandson. I am anxious to hold him in my arms. His name is Kian Randall. Kian is an Irish name. It means “to unlock”. You know you have to put the Kian the door before you can get it opened.

I’m certain that Jessica will love the fact that I am the first one to make a joke about his name. Actually, I really like his name. Especially the Randall part.

The Indiana Harmony Brigade starts tomorrow. I always really enjoy participating in the IHB. I’ll spend most of the day driving around to five different High Schools as a contingency of probably 40-50 men will gather in to give the choir students a dose of Barbershop Harmony. Then around 5:00 pm the remainder of the participants will be arriving at the hotel and I’ll spend all evening singing. Love it!

I haven’t posted for awhile and I’m certain that many of you have been wondering “what’s going on with Randy”? Now you know a little more than you did. Be sure that you respond to this post so that I will know if I should continue or if it’s time to fold up the tent and retire from blogging.

As alway, thanks for reading this blog and for caring about me. It means a lot to me to have your friendship! If I don’t hear from you I’ll know it’s time to quit.

Sincerely,

Randy