by Dony Wynn
As I was readying to depart the gnarled, teeming mass that is now Austin, Tx., I felt fortunate to contact Rob Halverson – my new favorite drum recordist – to follow up on a challenge I was issued via a fantastical dream. The challenge was to cut an angular drum track of Robert Palmer’s song,“Clues,” that ultimately would find its way to David Lee Roth, he of Van Halen fame. We did it. Got a banging track cut, too. Hope DLR digs it – sure he will – and then one day, you’ll get to hear our version.
Louisiana, where the food is sublime and the people righteous, was beckoning. Hung my hat at my padnah, Dief’s, crib where we wasted no time and jumped into his new attic studio and let it rip. A plethora of musical ideas bloomed that Jerry Honigman, ultimately, will collaborate on, we three part of a band signed to CBS in the early 80’s, The Romeos. One thing we did share was chemistry, and, boy, howdy, that much is still apparent. Eventually, I traveled further South where I received an early Christmas present, reuniting with my cousin, Robbie Morrisette, whom I’d not seen in 35 years. The proverbial icing on this familial cake was laying eyes on my Uncle Bob Morrisette, whom I’d not seen in 47 years. Egads! Gadzooks! A reunion if ever there was! My stay there was simply divine, plus I handed off a piece of my artwork Robbie had purchased for his casa. One of the highlights of my stay was meeting his 2 Golden Retriever puppies, Ame’ and Pyran. Every morning was a floppy-eared group grope. Big time. Hated to leave, but the sirens of other ports were calling.
Next up? Chattanooga, Tn.! And, per usual, mon ami, see y’all down the road a piece, eh?
Photo Collage Credit: Andrew Stearns