A Million Thanks for Fifty Years!
I turned 50 years old Tuesday 2/19/13. I see it as a sort of accomplishment. My mind and body have taken some abuse over the years but I’m still moving, grooving and growing. I heard some great “fifty” jokes and advice this week. People obsess on numbers.
Cue up Bob Seger’s “Feel Like a Number” and check out some of the numbers in my life.
1963 – I was born then and share a birthday and birth year with a lot of great people.
1981 – the year I graduated from Moon High School just west of Pittsburgh, PA
150+ – people extended their best wishes to me Tuesday and it felt wonderful!
412/724 – the area codes where people still call me John, Johnny, the Camsman: and I love it!
1+1 – one wife for 23 years, one daughter for almost 21
7,627 – miles logged running Gigspots in 2012 (probably closer to 10K but can’t deduct it all!)
100+ – live music events attended in 2012: How do you think I celebrated my birthday?
Between 2/13 and 2/18 I drove 500 miles to four different venues to see 22 different bands.
Wednesday’s and Friday’s shows were The Kalob Griffin Band: where they were born at Café 210 West in State College and at Lancaster Dispensing Company where I first heard them. That made 12 KGB shows in a year. I wrote about it for FigLancaster.com. They could be this decade’s Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and on the verge of a thirty-year career. See them local while you can!
Saturday night was Pirate Rob’s Birthday Bash at Rams Head Live in Baltimore: the big one, in the Power Plant complex at Inner Harbor. It’s a super sick party with 19 killer bands and 1,500 tickets. I helped sponsor the show and had all-access passes. It was very rock and roll! No other indoor show features this much talent on one stage. It helps me not to miss Rich Ruoff’s annual Blues Festivals at the Chameleon Club which were always on our shared birthday weekend.
Sunday was the Tri State Indie Music Awards at World Café Live in Philly. Ron Gallo emceed, The Dirk Quinn Band rocked as house band, and seven other acts played between sessions of awards. Sweet Leda played and won MD Indie Band of the Year and the Groupie’s Pick awards. I got to present them the first and I’m proud to be their friend and fan. I helped them become a presence in central PA.
0 – number of miles I travelled on my actual birthday 2/19/13. I was ready for a break!
#1 – The reason I wrote this blog was to thank you all for being a part of these fifty years. I invite you to stick around for a few more and ask you to support Gigspots by giving it some attention. My mission is to support the arts, encourage young people and help us all find some social leisure to enjoy. If I can save you a buck or help you make a few, I’ll do that too. You’ll never be just numbers to me.