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Novembers Humid News - November 3, 2017

Good morning! Well, here in Texas it is humid and promising to get more humid as the day goes by. My weekend schedule is :
Friday evening, Manhattan Restaurant in Lufkin from 6:30 to 10:00 PM
Saturday morning , Farmers Market, Nacogdoches from about 9:30 AM until 12:00
Sunday afternoon , Liberty Bell, Nacogdoches, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm

I had planned to have Saturday off but Ellis, who was scheduled to play, apparently broke his wrist. While I'm pleased to be able to take up the slack and make some extra money , I'm so sorry that Ellis hurt his wrist and I hope he has a speedy recovery and will be back with us playing soon.

Another weekend almost done - October 15, 2017

This music schedule keeps me hopping. I played a business lunch in Lufkin, Texas last Friday and then played at the Manhattan that night. The next. Or in I played at the Farmers Market in Nacogdoches and managed to get home, unpack my equipment, repack for Sunday Acoustic brunch at Liberty Bell in Nacogdoches and now, Sunday evening, all I have to plan for is playing at Magnolia Court Assisted Living facility at 11:00 tomorrow until noon. Then I'll go home and totally unpack the car so I can clean the inside real well and spray air freshener inside before I have to go to my Moms for cocktails. With any luck, I'll get most of the chores around the house done before I have to get ready for next weekend. I don't have to play the market next Saturday so maybe I can have a little " me" time.

October news - October 6, 2017

Good morning! It really a beautiful morning here in East Texas with possible highs of 85 but we've been promised cooler weather by next week.
October is going to be a busy month for me. Yesterday evening I went out to Camp Tonkawa, north of Nacogdoches , and ate dinner with a group of women called " Sisters On The Fly" who have all gathered there to camp out for the next several days. After dinner I got together with a few of the other women and we played songs and sang harmony for about an hour. It was fun!
Today, Oct. 6th, I'll go play my weekly even gig at The Manhattan in Lufkin , Tx. from 6:30 to 10:00 PM
Saturday is the Fall Fling at the Farmers Market in Nacogdoches. I have to be there at 7:30 AM so I can get my PA set up in the north end of the festival area and I'll play a set at 8:30. Normally, this would bother me but by playing that early, I won't get the full blast of sun and heat like the people who do their sets later.
Sunday I'll play from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at the Liberty Bell restaurant and music venue east of the square in downtown Nacogdoches.

Driving around town, I'm starting to see Halloween decorations in people's yards and some downtown.

Next Friday, I'm suppose to play background lunch music at The Pines Theater in Lufkin for a group of bankers and business people. I got a call from Barbara Thompson, who organizes stuff for downtown Lufkin, and she wanted to know if I had a form of some kind I needed to fill out before she could pay me. I don't know what form it is I need but I asked her if she would find one of the forms, I'd be glad to sign it. If she can't find one, I'll ask around here and try to find out what I need but since my name is already on the program, I'd be willing to play anyway and I'll still find that for and keep it in my files for future use. Good to know.
That will be Friday the 13th and I'll also be playing my evening gig at the Manhattan at 6:30 pm to 10:00 so I may just stay in Lufkin that day.
Saturday, 10/14/17 I'll be at the Farmers Market for my usual Market gig and I usually play 9:30 to 12:00 noon
Sunday 10/15/7 I'll play Liberty Bell in Nacogdoches for Acoustic Brunch from Noon to 2:00.
Monday 10/16/17 Magnolia Court Assisted Living 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

Friday 10/20/17 Manhattan Restaurant 6:30 to 10:00 PM

Friday 10/27/17 Manhattan Restuarant 6:30 to 10:00 PM
Saturday 10/28/17 Farmers Market 9:30 to 12:00 noon.
Sunday 10/29/17 Liberty Bell 12:00 to 2:00 PM for Acoustic Brunch.

Be safe and have a Happy All Hallows' Eve.

Septembers end - September 29, 2017

It's time for the last weekend in September 2017 and we have finally begun to feel the touch of fall in the air here in East Texas. I'll play at The Manhattan in Lufkin tonight from 6:30 to 10:00 pm again and I'll be playing at Liberty Bell in downtown Nacogdoches for Acoustic Brunch from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Sunday. Sometime next week I'll post the playing dates for October which looks to be a really busy month full of music and cooler weather ( we'll see. Texas can be fickle) and preparing for the holidays, although I try to avoid any place that starts celebrating Christmas before Halloween!
I'll keep you posted!

Crazy September - September 22, 2017

Hi there! Thought I'd stop in and play a little catch up here. It's been crazy with all these storms hitting the US ( hello Climate Change is real!) and the fires in the western half of the US. It's time we all pulled together and learned to reach out to one another as a family, as all humans are, and do something, even a little something, to help on another today or tomorrow! I'm not a religious person but I know enough to know that even a hug and a little help with water and food and clothing or a place to sleep for someone who's lost everything or almost everything can go a long way. Don't do nothing because you can't do a lot. If we all do even a little bit, it becomes a lot.
We've been doing benefits and adding to the supplies from here in our little town of Nacogdoches, Texas and will continue to do so. Last Saturday I played the opening song ( which I wrote) for a storytelling time and an auction headed up by Tim Bryant and Joe Landsdale at the BossLight Bookstore here in Nacogdoches and so many things got donated that Tim continued the auction for about three more days. I haven't checked on how much was raised but it all went to the hurricane survivors and their needs.
This weekend I will be at the
Manhattan in Lufkin, Texas Friday evening from6:30 to 10:00 PM
The Nacogdoches Farmers Market. 9:00 to12:00 noon Saturday
Sunday I have off and plan on mowing and cleaning up around my place because the next three Sunday's will be at the Liberty Bell in downtown Nacogdoches from 12:00 to 2:00.
Y'all have a wonderful day and don't forget, we are our brothers keeper and so many need help at this time!
Peace and blessings to all,
Cindy Grayson

Busy weekend coming up - August 18, 2017

Today , after I finish my day job at The Heart of Texas gift gallery I'll be at the Manhattan again. I guess to show it easily I'll just list everything .
8/18/17 The Manhattan, Lufkin Tx. 6:30 - 10:00 pm
8/19/17 The Farmers Market Nacogdoches, Tx. 9:00am - 12:00 noon
8/19/17 The Main Pecan, Nacogdoches, Tx. 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
8/20/17 Liberty Bell, Nacogdoches, Tx. 12:00 noon - 2:00 PM
8/21/17 Magnolia Court, Nacogdoches, Tx. 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

I have reduced the moving and hauling stress of unloading and loading equipment by just loading it all in my car so I'll just take out what I need to when I get to each gig. I'm beginning to settle in to the running back and forth but does wear me down. I have decided to try to not always run our and back to my house every time I get through. I need to stop and get to know the people I play for. For someone who enjoys the quiet peacefulness of my own company, socializing is very draining for me but I'm trying to stay out longer and longer as long as it doesn't cost me any money. As it is, I'm just barely making ends meet which would be better if I had one more steady gig or two. I can't really travel as I have to be here for my Moms cocktails every day but I've checked into a couple of places newly opened in town and I've got my fingers crossed. Our Fredonia Hotel near downtown in Nacogdoches has just been newly remodeled and is beautiful. They also have a small bar and a nice patio where they use to have " Music On The Patio" so I'm hoping that's a possibility - out under the trees in the evening. It would be nice.

Another music filled weekend - July 14, 2017

Sitting at my day job trying to catch up with my financial books, wait on tourists, serve a few ice cream cones, eat some lunch and think about practicing some here at the gift shop before I close at 5:00 and head for Lufkin to play 6:30 to 10:00 pm at the Manhattan Restaurant, I notice that if I stop too long, I start to get sleepy. Time to get up and move again. I'm just glad I'm not outside where it's muggy and hot.
Looking forward to playing but still haven't managed to tackle the question of how to gracefully get customers to realize that it's respectful to at least put a dollar in the tip jar. It doesn't have to be a lot but the musician and waitstaff aren't getting near what all those at other jobs who have set salaries.
Well, I might as well brush up on a few songs before this evening.

Music Festival in Blanco, Texas - July 4, 2017

I had a wonderful time at the music festival in Blanco for three days! I camped out in my tent, I ate great food, sat out on a wonderful patio with a fabulous water feature that has just been completed ( and got my creative mind working) and met and played with several great musicians , played music and had a wonderful time. I haven't done much in the way of road trips to play and , I have to admit, I have chickened out several times and I'm so glad I didn't chicken out this time.
I never planned on making a living playing my music and I still don't play mine much but I'm making enough playing cover tunes to pay my bills so I can't complain. I sat among people I didn't know, in a place I'd never been to before and I ate, drank and joined in a wonderful evening and next day of music and song. I got to talk to people who knew more and I learned some more about my chosen present profession and enjoyed every single minute. I will go back again! It was great!
I took several longs walks down a white sand and gravel road. I saw a gray fox, a family of deer and lots of chimney swifts, lots of delightful wind and sunshine our in the hill country and cedar. I will not say no again! It was great!

Blueberry weekend - June 11, 2017

Another busy weekend. It was the blueberry Festival in downtown Nacogdoches this last weekend. I worked at the Manhattan in Lufkin Fiday evening while they were having a blues concert in festival park just south of downtown Nacogdoches and Saturday, I was playing from 11oo to 2:00 at the Farmers market and today I played at Liberty Bell from12:00 to 2:30 and I am finally through the weekend.
Next weekend is the Manhattan on Ftiday evening from 6:30 to 10:00 pm , the farmers Market from 9:00 to 12:00 and Linerty bell from 12:00 to 2:30 on Sunday. Another busy weekend. Come and join me for the fun.

Last night went great - June 3, 2017

It wasn't a real busy night but it was a good night. I played several of my own original songs and got a good response . I got good tips and several people made a point of stopping and saying how much they liked the music. Thumbs up for me.

Friday evening at the Manhattan - June 2, 2017

Preparing for another evening at the Manhattan Fine Dining Restaurant. I'm going to start adding more of my own songs to the evening list and try to remember the chord progressions. I put new strings on my guitar yesterday so I'll need stretch them out a little more before this evening. It is a cloudy day here in east Texas and I truly think I'm solar powered because I'm still in a mental fog and it's almost noon here at my day job at the Heart Of Texas Gift Gallery. It's suppose to get up to the mid 80's today and possibly rain so it will feel like something resembling a sauna outside today. I'm so glad I don't do landscaping maintenance any more ( except for my own place) because Texas is a hot humid place to live. The fact that it's so green and so many flowers are blooming makes it tolerable.

Have a great day!

Cindy Grayson

June is here - June 1, 2017

A wet and soggy morning and I plan on spending the day with my Mom but I also plan on spending some time brushing up on my original songs. I have gotten to the point that I seldom play any of my own stuff because playing other people's songs has made me more money but recent requests for my own music have become more frequent. I have been practicing some of them and I've discovered that they are more than I remember them being - musically and in meaning. Maybe I needed the break to get a different perspective?
Anyway, tomorrow is another Friday and I'll be playing at the Manhattan Restaurant in Lufkin , Texas. This will be a slow weekend as I have nothing else on my schedule, for a change. I'm still trying to get use to hauling all this equipment in and out of my house. I'm down to a couple of pieces every time I go from car to house and sometimes it takes me a couple of days to get it all in the house - just in time to load it all back up again.
Stay dry and I'll be back here later.

Cindy

Mother's Day weekend - May 12, 2017

Busy, busy, busy
5/ 12/ 2017 The Manhattan Restaurant, Lufkin , Tx from 6:30 to 10:00 pm
5/13/2017 the Farmers Market in Nacogdoches, Tx. From 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.
5/13/2017 The Manhattan Restaurant , Lufkin, Tx. 6:00 to 10:00 pm
5/14/2017. The Liberty Bell ! Nacogdoches, Tx. 12:00 noon to 2:30 PM.
5/15/2017 Magnolia Court Assisted Living Facilirty , Nacogdoches, Tx. 11:00 am to 12:00 noon

Yes a busy weekend and I'll be looking forward to catching up with my mowing Monday afternoon and Tuesday of next week. Y'all have a great Mothers Day!

May 1, 2017 - May 1, 2017

Hello May! Creepy trolls are still trying to use my guestbook even though I supposedly turned it off. I will try to scan it each time I come here and save relevant ones but anything not directed to me will be deleted! This month, I have my gig at the Manhattan in Lufkin, Tx. every Friday evening at the Manhattan. I'll also be at Liberty Bell in downtown Nacogdoches, Tx. on the 14th and 28th from 12:00 to 2:00 . One the 13th and the 27th I'll be at the Farmers market in Nacogdoches. I've also agreed to play from 11:30 to 12:30 on the 6th for a mini spring fest at Liberty Bell. Should be fun.

Farmers Market in Nacogdoches, Tx. - April 29, 2017

Wonderful adventure at the local farmers market today. With a new person at the helm of the heartbeat of the place, the vendor numbers are increasing and the variety of things to buy and see are increasing as well. It was a gray and windy morning with the threat of a storm moving in but I loaded up my PA and headed on in to play. It was windy and they'd already lost in canopy by the time I got there so I decided that I'd set up without a canopy because the clouds were so thick that I wasn't worried about getting a sunburn.
I was greeted again and again by people with their arms full of treasures and one small boy that I remembered from last Saturday, came and stopped in front and watched me very intently so I did the Unicorn sing for him and he broke out in a big grin and started dancing. During almost every song, the wind would pick up and I'd watch the vendors hanging on to their canopies as the clouds boiled overhead and the tree leaves and branches danced wildly in the wind. Around 10:30 several wanderers came and sat on the parking lot in front of me and made themselves at home with their food and dogs and I sang all the songs that I knew fit the atmosphere of market and windy weather. About 11:00 am I felt the first light touch of mist in my face so I finished my song , ( Jim Croche- Lovers Cross) and thanked everyone for letting me play and started packing up my PA just before the rain moved in. I did quit in time to talk to the venders and mingle a bit and came away with a passenger seat full of squash, Swiss chard, potatoes , sugar snap peas,fresh eggs, onions, tomatoes ,goat milk soaps , organic toothpaste and creamed and chocolate honey samples. I'd say it was a good day. Oh yes! And about $36 in tips. Yes, it was a good day!

Excuse my guestbook trolls - April 28, 2017

I have been having a hard time with guestbook trolls. Someone has been piggybacking my guestbook and using it for their own website and even though I've turned it off, they still seem to manage to tap into it and use it so I guess I'll have to go and delete everything on it daily. My apologese ( can't spell) for deleting the several nice comments I seem to have erased but checking each unwanted post individually was getting very time consuming. I appreciate everyone who does stop by and checks out my site. Thank you.

February news - February 11, 2017

Ok, I'll try this again! These touch screens drive me nuts! I just erased a whole paragraph by accidentally touching the screen with another part of my hand.
I'm still at The Manhatten in Lufkin, Texas every Friday evening.loading and unloading different equipment is what I enjoy the least I think but I'm getting use to it. I had to use my whole PA this morning at the market and then I'm playing on the sidewalk downtown for the Wine Swirl in downtown Nacogdoches this evening so I had to unload all the equipment from this morning, except for what I need for this evening and then I finally got a shower.
Tuesday is valentines Day so I'll be back at the Manhattan Tuesday evening to start by 6 pm.
I was playing at the market this morning and a couple I know who are both musicians came and sat for a song and said they would love to get together and work up some protest songs. Being members of the local Democrates we can put out talents to good use and I can imagine that between all of us, we can come up with quite a list. It sounds like fun. Well, I'm off to drink a glass of wine and relax before I have to get ready for this evening

Hello January 2017 - January 4, 2017

Well, things change. It's cold so my Saturday's at the farmers market have been cut back. I still play every Friday evening at the Manhattan Fine Dining Restaurant in Lufkin Texas and now I play three Sunday's in a row and one off at Liberty Bell in Nacogdoches , Texas. Kati Kennedy offered me every Sunday but I'd like to have at least one weekend at home to catch up on things. I'll start with this Sunday in January. Sunday's are from 12:00 to 2:00 and if I feel like it, I can play until 3:00.

Change in weekend performances - December 23, 2016

The Liberty Wine Bar in Nacogdoches will be closed for the next two Sunday's so I will not be playing until the Sunday after next. I will keep you posted.

Happy Holidays - December 22, 2016

It's been a crazy year and 2017 will be a real haunted house for a majority of the people in our country but one of the things that will help us is our music so I will continue to play at every chance I get and those of you who can bless us it's your presence as audience members, may the music touch your hearts as well. That being said, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I will be playing this Friday evening from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM at the Manhattan Fine Dining room and I will be playing all the Christmas songs I know! That evening, the owner , Destin Sabani , is going to give a free speghetti dinner to anyone one of our poor and hungry who stop in and can't afford dinner. Hey, their food is great so it'll be a real treat for anyone getting one of those plates.

Sunday afternoon from 12:00 to 2:00 PM I will be playing Acoustic Brunch at Liberty Bell Wine Bar and Restaurant. I'll play Christmas songs if requested but I'm pretty flexible and I really have been playing Christmas music all month.

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year too.

Happy Thanksgiving - November 26, 2016

It's been a stuffed turkey day and I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving last Thursday. Today is Small Business Saturday and it's also Wassail Festival time here in Nacogdoches, Texas. From 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM today, come and stroll the sidewalks downtown in Nacogdoches and visit the shops and taste the wassail from each shop and join in the socialization and vote on who dos it best. I'll be at The Heart of Texas and we've won 5 years in a row. I'll be helping behind the counter and I'll also be playing background music from inside the shop.
Happy Wassail Day!

It's November already? - November 2, 2016

It's November and it's still 80+ degrees here in East Texas. If anyone has any spare rainstorms you don't need or want, send them our way. We are extremely dry and my catfish are in danger of needing to learn to walk.
Things are going well. I'm looking forward to Friday evening at the Manhattan in Lufkin , Texas. I had to remake the poster I hang between the elevators. Fingernails have been dragged across the times I sing often enough that it's almost unreadable.i have noticed that since I put an added note at the bottom of the poster reminding the customers to not to forget to tip the waitstaff and entertainer because we're there to make sure they have a good evening, that most will read that and turn around and at least put a dollar or two or more in the jar.
Everyone have a wonderful weekend coming up and be safe!

October madness - October 15, 2016

This my third month to make my entire living with my music and art. It's got me running ragged. This is my busy weekend. I started out opening up the gift shop yesterday at 10:00 and I took off early to go to a dress rehearsal for a wedding I'm playing for today. The first two hours is up to me. Talk about being nervous. If I don't come in on time, I'll screw it up. Oh boy! I have my fingers crossed. I am suppose to be teaching a gourd carving class at 1:00 but I moved it up to 12:00 and I'll have to leave the house by 2:30 so I can get out there and figure out what equipment goes where with the guy who's going to take over the music at 6:00. I play from 4:00 to 6:00 while all the ceremony is going on. I've been nervous all week but then, I'm sure the young couple getting married have been nervous longer. I just haven't done a wedding recently and I don't want to screw it up.
Tomorrow, Sunday , I play from 12:00 to 2:00 at the Liberty Bell wine bar and I know that venue so I'm not worried about that but I'm hoping that on Monday, I can at least put gas in my car and pay my electric bill. I might have to stock up on candles : )

Busy August - August 21, 2016

Boy, this music schedule is keeping me on my toes. I'm still at The Manhattan in Lufkin every Friday evening and every other Sunday from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at The Liberty Bell Wine Bar in downtown Nacogdoches. Today being one of those Sundays. It's also the 3rd year anniversary of the Liberty Bell being in business so they've been celebrating all weekend. I don't go in to town unless I have to work or shop. Lately, I've been playing music with some friends who are more use to playing Virginia Dance reels but I know enough variety that we have been blending well. Their names are Drew and Sue Wenner and yesterday Sue texted me and said that our Democratic representative / Teacher , Steve Wright, wanted to have a get together to talk to people and bribe them with pizza. He also wanted us to come play in the background...for free. Of course I piled my guitar, my German shepherd in the car and played with them for about an hour but I had to leave early to come back home to teach a gourd carving class.
I'm also going to go play music with an old friend of mine, DP Schultz, on the 3rd of Sept. so he'll be coming over this next week sometime to go over some possible songs. He said he can't pay much but I'll probably get about $25 out of it and a chance to spend time with an old friend.

Crazy music schedule! - August 12, 2016

This month is the first month I'm truly having to pay my bills with just my art and music and my two day a week joe in The Heart of Texas gift gallery in downtown Nacogdoches, Texas. Keep your fingers crossed and check out my blog for a more detailed account of what I'm up to. I've never been able to figure out the difference between a Blog and a News/Journal. It seems that I would end up repeating myself and have to spend a lot more time on the computer instead of doing my art and music. I spend more time on Facebook and keep getting reminders to stop in here. It would be wonderful to have someone who took care of all that for me but again.......it would cost money so hang in there with me. : )
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