...continued from On The Road - The Barn
As many of you know, I've been slowly writing this series called On The Road based on my first experience as a road musician at the tender age of 19. Fortunately, I was aware enough at that time to keep a hand-written journal of this life journey, and now have the pleasure of sharing it with you.
Some of these stories have been told from my perspective today, others are a combination of my memory and my journal, and this one is lifted directly from my diary, word for word, right out of its pages (grammar and spelling included) with no narration from me.
I find this chapter to be of particular significance because it introduces you to a character that has gotten a lot of attention lately... the owner of "the barn" described in the last chapter - Gabe. And right after I began this series, I started receiving comments from people who said they had worked with Gabe as well back in the 80s and had shared similar experiences to what I went through. In fact, I was so intrigued with wanting to hear their stories that I set up a Facebook page here so these people could write in and share them (you need to unfold the comments in the wall posts to read them). In fact, the page just received a new comment yesterday from a woman who says, "I too played in a Gabe Garland Band....I remember the old man had a wart on his tongue....ugh!"
It just doesn't get any better than that folks. So if you're interested in finding out what happened after I drove across the country by myself only to land at a barn in eastern Pennsylvania, read on! But be warned... this is a long post. Probably one of the longest I've written to date. But I wanted to contain the "meeting of Gabe" all within one entry to keep the continuity of the experience.
We pick up from my 2nd day at the barn. Enjoy.
And so again we will pause here until next time. Stay tuned... there's MUCH more to come!
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