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Latest Blurb: APRIL 25, 2020


HEY EVERYBODY, I HAVEN'T WRITTEN ANYTHING TO YOU GUYS FOR A WHILE 'CAUSE, SINCE WE'RE ALL KINDA' HUNKERED DOWN, I'VE BEEN WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL IN MY "STUDIO", OR WORKSTATION. IF IT WAS A STUDIO I WOULDN'T HAVE TO STOP SINGING WHEN PLANES GO OVERHEAD. LATELY THERE'S A LOT LESS OF THEM FLYING, FOR SOME REASON. HMMM, WONDER WHY. AT LEAST WHEN I'M WORKING IT FEELS KINDA' NORMAL, UNTIL I WANNA' GO SOMEWHERE, LIKE TO A GIG.


I'M HOPING EVERYONE HAS MANAGED TO AVOID THIS VIRUS; I THOUGHT I MAY HAVE HAD IT IN MID DECEMBER TO EARLY JANUARY, BUT IT WAS JUST A NASTY COLD, OR HAY FEVER ON STEROIDS. IT LASTED A "NOT SO FUN" 3 WEEKS BUT, AS IT TURNS OUT AFTER TESTING, IT WASN'T COVID 19. I WAS HOPING THAT IT WAS SO I'D BE IMMUNE TO IT, BUT NO SUCH LUCK. WEIRD TIMES WHEN YOU'RE WISHING YOU WERE SICKER IN THE RECENT PAST. ANYWAY, STILL HUNKERED DOWN.


AS I MENTIONED ABOVE, I'VE BEEN WORKING ON NEW SONGS FOR A PROJECTED SOLO ALBUM; IT'S BEEN SINCE 2008 OR 2009 THAT I RELEASED THE LAST ONE, AND I FIGURED IT'S TIME TO TRY TO GET ANOTHER ONE OUT. I'M NOT EXPECTING ANYTHING TO SELL THAT WELL, BUT PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN FOLLOWING MY MUSIC HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT A NEW ONE, SO "BUSY" IS ON. KIND OF A GOOD TIME TO BE WRITING AND PROGRAMMING NEW STUFF, 'CAUSE I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE FOR A WHILE.


THE SONS WERE GOING TO DO A JULY 4 MARIN FAIR THING, BUT THAT WAS CANCELLED, AS WELL AS A "ME, TAMARA, TIM, AND TERRY" GIG AT RANCHO NICASIO WE WERE SUPPOSED TO DO A WEEK AGO. A FEW SOLO GIGS DOWN HERE HAVE ALSO BEEN POSTPONED. WE'RE LOOKING AT THE SONS ON AUG 22 IN MERCED, THEN SACRAMENTO ON SEPT 4, AND RANCHO NICASIO ON SEPT 7 FOR THE LABOR DAY BARBECUE THAT HAS PROVEN TO BE A REALLY FUN EVENT. OH, I THINK WE'RE ON FOR YOSHI'S IN OAKLAND ON SEPT 8. I'M PRETTY SURE THOSE ARE THE DATES; NOW WHO KNOWS WHAT THIS VIRUS THING WILL DO, BUT WE'RE HOPING THAT THE STATE WILL BE OPEN AND WILL LET US DO THESE GIGS. I CAN'T IMAGINE SINGING SONS' SONGS THROUGH A SURGICAL MASK. (OOOPS, DOLBY'S BACK). A FRIEND, BRUCE GAISCH, SAID THE OTHER DAY THAT SOME TRACKS HE'D SENT NEEDED TREBLE REALLY BAD. HIS WORDS: "THE TRACKS ARE DULLER THAN A COLLEGE PROFESSOR." YEAH!!!


I'M TOLD THAT THE NEW "CWF" ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED IN JAPAN ON MAY 20 BY SONY JAPAN RECORDS. I'VE LEFT THE BIZ ON THESE RECORDS UP TO "F", PETER FRIESTEDT, SO HE KNOWS THE DETAILS. THE JAPANESE RELEASE WAS HELD BACK BECAUSE JAPAN IS IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR OWN QUARANTINE DUE TO THE VIRUS, SO ALL THE PEOPLE AT THE LABEL ARE WORKING FROM HOME, TOO. STRANGE TIMES. I'M GUESSING THAT IT WILL BE OUT IN SCANDINAVIA SOON, ALSO.


IT WAS WILL CHAMPLIN'S BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY AND WE HAD A HANDFUL OF "HEALTHY" IN-LAWS OVER FOR BARBECUE AND CAKE. HEY, IF YOU HAVEN'T CHECKED OUT WILL'S ALBUM, YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR IT ON SPOTIFY AND/OR I-TUNES. I'D SAY PICK UP HIS ALBUM AT YOUR LOCAL TOWER RECORDS BUT WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT'S ALL ABOUT; I USED TO LOVE GOING THERE ON BAY STREET IN SAN FRANCISCO AND PICKING UP ALBUMS. AHHH, NOSTALGIA. EVEN CD'S WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST PRETTY SOON; VINYL IS OUTSELLING CD'S AND I LOST MY TURNTABLE YEARS AGO. ANYWAY, WILL'S ALBUM IS CALLED "GREAT DIVIDE". REALLY WORTH LOOKING FOR. WILL'S ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED PEOPLE I KNOW.


ANYWAY, THOUGHT I'D CHECK IN AND SAY HELLO. "HELLO". EVERYONE STAY SAFE. THERE ARE A LOTTA' CONSPIRACY THEORIES OUT THERE ABOUT THIS PANDEMIC. SOME MAY BE TRUE, AND SOME NOT, BUT IT DOESN'T CHANGE THE FACT THAT THIS THING CAN BE REALLY NASTY IF YOU HAVE IT. ESPECIALLY SO IF YOU'RE OLDER AND MAY HAVE HAD OTHER PHYSICAL AILMENTS THAT HAVE AFFECTED YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM, LIKE DIABETES, COPD, CANCER, HEART PROBLEMS, HAVING HAD CHEMO, ETC. THEY ALL PUT YOU IN THE GROUP THAT THIS VIRUS CAN REALLY HIT HARD. BE CAREFUL. I LOVE ALL YOU GUYS. STICK AROUND FOR SOME COOL MUSIC IN THE NEAR FUTURE. SEE YA' AT A SONS' SHOW, SOON I HOPE.


BE GOOD, BILL

Tarzana, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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