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LAST 10 MINUTES

What are you really thinking?

My father used to always ask me what I was REALLY thinking after I told him what I thought I was thinking.

I heard this clip on the satellite radio the other day and burst out laughing.   I am glad my little son in the back didn’t hear it, too and ask any questions.

It is told by Don Reo, who was a friend of Clarence Clemmons, and co-authored the Clemmon’s bio, “Big Man”.

Clarence Story

05.20.14 Posted in Last 10 Minutes

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Norman and the King

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BB King was not always nice to Norman Matthews, his longtime tour manager, yet they were incredibly close friends. The relationship was loaded. Norman was on BB’s payroll and they were always on the road. Rarely leaving the hotel room or touring bus except to hit the stage.

BB was demanding. Norman was there for him. They were both pretty old and not so mobile. Yet, they moved! BB keeps the temperature of any room he is in cranked up. One of Norman’s jobs was to keep BB in his comfort zone. They were like two crazy characters growling and barking – then going into a hotel room and playing cards forever between gigs.

Norman was so gruff on the outside, then so sweet and helpful slipping merch into every hand. His pockets were always full of buttons and guitar picks – BB merch he gave out like candy. He would slip you a handful of “BB KING” guitar picks and be off before you could thank him. He kept a watchful eye on everything going on around the King.

Norman died last Sunday. The only thing I could find online was this on BB’s Facebook page: ” It is with deep sorrow that we announce Norman Matthews, our tour manager & dear friend passed away on May 11th 2014.”

I took these pictures in a hotel ballroom next door to Camden Yards last August.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfqHLX3hdcs

#shootyourlife #bbking

 

05.19.14 Posted in Last 10 Minutes, Stories

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Bat Boy

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Asher got instructions from his brother on how to be a bat boy and then went into service for the Nationals. He fulfilled a great and obviously very needed position. Unfortunately, afterwards he then went into the batting cage and got clocked in the nose.

05.12.14 Posted in Last 10 Minutes, Stories

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Where Love is Born

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Several days before Mother’s Day, Stephie and I were talking with our pediatrician. I was about to write, “the boy’s pediatrician” , but he is really there for all of us. After talking about the usual things, he went on for a long time about how amazing mother’s are. How strong. How important. How resourceful. How much energy it takes to be a mother.

We all know that. On Mother’s Day we celebrate it.

On every other day of the year – we who are father’s watch in awe as our wives and partners who care for our children blow us away. The sound of their voices as sweet as angels down in the kitchen when we keep knocking the alarm back to sleep.

On Mother’s Day, we let Stephie sleep in and huddled under a blanket downstairs in the early morning. I talked to our two little boys about how lucky we are to have their mother in our life. How much we have to be grateful for everyday she watches over our family and takes care of us. I told them about how we met – which seems so random. Yet there is this family we have now that is so far from random.

I talked about how we learned to be parents. How special our mother’s are: Janet and Aline.

When I called my mother to wish her Happy Mother’s Day – she said that she had to turn everything off – the whole Mother’s Day thing was too much for her. That is because everyday is Mother’s Day if we are really paying attention to where all the love is born.

 

 

 

05.12.14 Posted in Last 10 Minutes, Stories

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Family

My brother Andrew Lange in San Francisco before dinner tonight. May 6, 2014. Healthy and happy. Shared noodles and stories. He remembers our Dad’s dadism’s much better than I do. #shootyourlife

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05.07.14 Posted in Last 10 Minutes

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