News From The Woods - July 22, 2009

NEWS FROM THE WOODS

By Bob Ketchum

Originally Published July 22, 2009


"A Personal Update"


I know it's been a long time since my last contribution, and I apologize to those friends and fans that follow this blog. A lot of water has passed under the bridge in recent months. So instead of writing about something to do with the video or music biz or championing some personal cause, I have decided to bring you all up to speed on what's going on in my life.

There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to get all my chores done. I've created various websites on the popular public forums like Facebook and MySpace. In an attempt to network as much as possible in the hopes of reaching an audience for my music I have signed up with several accounts. For those of you who don't surf the web other than this blog I will bring you up to speed on these sites:

I have a Google profile which for the most part lists all of my other websites. Right now the Facebook link is the current thing, and MySpace traffic has slowed a bit. However, since many of my music clips are on MySpace I use it primarily as my "artist site", with several music clips to hear and/or purchase. For me, Facebook is a fun way of a continuing dialog online with friends. The newest phenomenon is Twitter, but I don't "tweet" much, except for my old friend Glenn Hughes, who is constantly touring or in some studio recording, and Twitter is easier to stay in contact with friends via cell phones and Blackberrys. Then there is my You Tube page, which I recently revamped. A newer and increasingly popular video site, called Vimeo, seems to be a gathering place for folks into video production, whereas You Tube is more of a global community watering hole for videos ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. One advantage to Vimeo is a wider bandwidth (which translates into better video quality) and I can post videos longer than the 10-minute limit imposed on You Tube users. I have noticed that identical video clips tend to look better on Vimeo than on You Tube, so I post my long-form and higher quality videos on Vimeo, and my short clips and fun stuff on You Tube.

I have a website for selling logo/brand merchandise for studio stuff and band stuff. I call the "shop" Ozark Mountain Creations. You can purchase T-shirts, baseball caps, and mouse pads. Another music site is ACID Planet, where I have several instrumental clips. Although both Facebook and MySpace have areas for photos, I place all of my best images on my Picasa Web Album. A great site where you can purchase my "New Tricks" CD is CD BABY, where you can purchase the entire CD (or download it) OR you can buy/download individual songs from the album for $.99 each. Songs may also be purchased from my MySpace page as well.

All this administration has kept me pretty busy. In addition, the band I used to produce and manage years ago, Paperkid, is staging a reunion gig at Neumeier's Rib Room in Fort Smith on September 5th. It will be a benefit for Developmental Wings, and organization that works with autistic children and adults. Original members Randy Burden, Jai Lambert, and Steve Lane have banded together with new additions James Jones and Bill Rebsamen and have been having regular rehearsal sessions in preparation. A Facebook page for Paperkid has been created, and I am sharing the administration duties on that page as well. I will attend the concert and plan to shot it with multiple camcorders for the purpose of editing a video of the event and selling the DVD to the public with proceeds going to Developmental Wings.

One of the reasons I have not been making regular contributions to News From The Woods recently is due to my carpal tunnel problems. However, two weeks ago I had surgery on my left hand and it has really been an improvement. The hand no loner gets numb and I am told the tingling should go away with time. I am now considering having the same surgery done to my right hand before it gets as bad as I allowed the left one to slip into. I seem to have my Diabetes Type II under control for now, thanks to medication, diet and exercise. Well, the diet isn't quite up to snuff as yet (I love my food), but thanks to my brand new treadmill I am getting plenty of exercise, which really brings my blood sugar levels down to a manageable number. I must tell you, dear reader, that if you spend thousands of dollars on a new car, boat, ATV, Jet Ski or any other kind of recreational vehicle… why not spend $600 on a nice treadmill? Believe me, it WILL make a difference in your life. Jane found our on (of all places) Home Shopping Network. It is made by the same company that makes the BowFlex but is a lot cheaper. Sturdily built, it has power-adjustable grade and multi-speed pace. You can select just the right workout for your needs or just jump on it and go! It came with smart chips loaded for specific exercise needs, and you can go online and download more workouts for free. The "personal trainer" - a strong female voice - prompts you on each increased level of exercise. I already hate her! Actually, my twenty minute daily workout is very easy to accomplish. I just put on a DVD of a concert by one of my favorite artists and the time passes so quickly I hardly notice the workout. I actually look forward to my morning exercise. I just hope I never run out of concerts or my NetFlix account never gets cancelled.

My book, "Face The Music" is finally done. It is an autobiography and clocks in at 800 pages. I am now looking for a literary agent who sees the potential in this book for a movie screenplay. This book is dedicated to my mother, Ann Baker Ketchum. She always said that I should write a book about my experiences, and I would probably never have done it without her prompting.

From the time I was sixteen I understood that I was born into a privileged life but had no conception of what "being rich" was until I started going to military school. I learned there that there are different levels of "rich", and I certainly wasn't even near the top of the scale. I carry no guilt for having such a great life. There were plenty of times it wasn't such a great life. I have omitted some subjects and experiences in this book not because they are painful or embarrassing but because it would make for a depressing read. I seem to have made a habit of embarrassing myself a lot so there are plenty of juicy tidbits here. So consider this a "tell some" book instead of a "tell all" book.

There have been so many great bands, artists and songwriters that I have been fortunate enough to work with, and I left so many of these people out of the book. I realized I could write an entirely separate book just about the amazing adventures I had recording all these bands. Each session has its own little story to tell, but I knew I could not weigh down my autobiography with all these tales so I made the decision to concentrate on the bands and artists that had a major impact on my life. For my friends and associates who were omitted from this book, my most sincere apologies. Remind me to add you in the next book.

Here is the teaser I have been sending out to agents. It will give you a taste of what is covered in the book

IT'S ALL HERE!
THE BANDS! THE SEX! THE DRUGS! THE ROCK AND ROLL!
THE OZARK'S TOM SAWYER DISCOVERS MILITARY SCHOOL!
'CUDAS & COMETS! TEENAGE ALCOHOLICS! BEATING THE DRAFT!
LAKE SURFING & BOAT WEIRDOS! DRIVING JEEPS OFF CLIFFS!
GETTING SHOT AT A GIG! EX-WIVES & PAST LIVES!
THE GOLDEN YEARS OF RADIO! EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY!
THE ARCHIVES! THE PROJECTS! THE JAMS & THE SLAMS!
SESSIONS FROM HELL! BRUSHES WITH FAME AND FORTUNE!
DESTINY! KARMA! WEIRD WISDOM! MIRACLES & BAD SPELLS!
REDEMPTION THROUGH A CHILD'S EYES! UFO'S AND MORE!
LIVE & DIRECT….. IT'S THE HIGH TECH REDNECK!

Look for it at a bookstore near you! (But not too soon)

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