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Welcome to My New Writing/Speaking/Consulting/Tour Guiding Communication Practice
This is a sample of what I hope will be a long line of newsletters from my new communications and learning practice I officially opened here in DC this week. In my practice, I focus on 3 topics – the Baby Boomer Generation, classic rock music, and issues on aging, especially as they affect men.
How You Can Get This Newsletter Sent Directly to Your Inbox
All you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase Dave Price Newsletter in the subject line. It’s just that easy. Then each month (or on special occasions) you will receive a link to our just published newsletter so you can find out all the latest news about what’s going on with my writing, speaking, consulting, and tour guiding.
I’m currently contributing regularly to 2 online publications
I’m also researching for my 1st book tentatively titled Rock of Agers: How Has Classic Rock Remained So Popular for More Than 50 Years?
Here is a sample of some of the fun stuff I’ve done for the book over the Summer
- Continued a series of interviews with Animals singer Eric Burdon
- Interviewed fans of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead at The Hamilton Live concert series
- Spent 6 hours covering the National Air Guitar Finals here in DC
I’m meeting later this month with the program director of the Arlington County Library to finalize a series of 9 interactive talks I will be delivering on some major issues of aging.
I’m designing a special inter-generational writing program where senior citizens in nursing homes will correspond with seniors in local high schools.
In Tour Guiding
I’m taking a 5-week course at the Newseum to prepare me to guide tours there.
The Blog Beat
You can keep up with all the latest news about the subjects I’m focused on by following the 4 blogs I’ve created, sometimes write for, curate, and publish. You can either bookmark or favorite the blog sites and check them when you have time or you can sign up on the individual blog sites and have posts delivered directly to your inbox by email each time there is a new entry. Here are links to the 4 blogs:
On Social Media
If you’re on Facebook, you can like and follow our Facebook pages:
If you’re on Twitter, you can like and follow us here:
Special Thanks This Month To …
Keith Berquist, the marketing manager of The Hamilton Live for setting me up to interview Grateful Dead fans at the venue.
Eric Burdon’s wife and agent, Marianna Burdon, for all her help facilitating my contact with Eric and his band.
And to my wife of 44 years, Judy, for proofreading everything I send out. She might be an artist by training, but she has turned into a hellaciously good editor to catch my mistakes and suggest changes.
Obviously, since classic rock is almost 55 years old, we are losing many of its performers. While all represent a loss, some tug at our hearts more than others.
For my former South Jersey English teaching colleague Shirley Giddens, that was the incomparable David Bowie. Here is a link to an article I wrote for Booming Encore about Shirley and “her man” David. And yes, that is Shirley’s license plate pictured above.
For Judy and me, it would be the recent death of Gregg Allman, vocalist and keyboard player for the legendary Allman Brothers Band. We saw Gregg perform on numerous occasions, the most special being on Judy’s 65th birthday when we actually got to chat with him and then see him perform stage-side right in front of his Hammond B-3 organ. Unfortunately (or fortunately), we also got to see him play live for his final concert at his Laidback Festival in Atlanta. Here’s an account of Judy’s 65th birthday on The Rock Legends Cruise IV with Gregg Allman.
It’s My Life
Obviously, I spend a lot of my time researching, reading, writing, and speaking for my communications practice. Of course, I have to do extensive napping from all that exertion. But I do get to do other things and in each issue I’ll let you know about a few of them.
Living in DC (well to be precise just across the Potomac River in Crystal City, which is 3 Metro stops from the district), we’re in the heart of Trumplandia. Recently, while walking around the area, I spied a fashion faux pas involving Donald Trump and tie-dye. Here’s the Trump-toodian non-tasteful tale.
I spent 18 hours this summer trying to figure out the brilliance that is David Lynch as I watched his Twin Peaks: The Return on Showtime.
I thought maybe a week of reflection might help, but still Lynch’s arresting, disturbing, magnificent aural and pictorial vision of good and evil is beyond my powers of comprehension.
Words like brilliant, genius, unique, simply fail to do it justice. I realize it’s not for everyone, but it certainly is for me. Simply put, I believe David Lynch is the greatest all-around creative artist of my lifetime.
Twin Peaks is to fantastical surrealism what The Wire is to gritty realism. Opposites in most every way, but equally powerful, they are the two best shows ever to air on TV.
Got a light?
Where the hell is Audrey Horne?
What year is this?
A blood-curdling scream from the Laura-Not Laura-Maybe Laura Palmer.
Black … fade to credits.
So many, many questions as yet unanswered. Perhaps some day, but not yet today.
If you followed the series closely and have any theories about what Twin Peaks: The Return actually meant, send me your thoughts by email to (email@example.com) and maybe together we can figure out the enignmatic masterpiece. I really would enjoy hearing your thoughts.
I Don’t Know Why You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello
Well, that’s it for this month. And as my Tex-ian Daddy used to say “Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise” I hope to see all of you back here next newsletter.
A Parting Thought
A good way to go through life is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Peace, take care, be well, and, most of all, be kind …
The 5th Beatle?
While most of Roy Blount Jr.’s public appearances involve his talking about his books or delivering a hilarious lecture on the people and the habits of the South, you can sometimes see him performing with the most literate band in all the land – the not-so-legendary The Rock Bottom Remainders.
The band, which took its self-mocking name from the publishing term “remaindered book” (a work of which the unsold remainder of a publisher’s stock of copies is sold at a reduced price), consists of some of America’s biggest selling authors including Stephen King, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Ridley Pearson, and Amy Tan.
At his appearance earlier this week in his home town of Decatur to discuss his new book Save Room for Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations, Blount briefly talked about the Remainders and his role in the band.
“I really have no idea why I’m there,” he said. “Some of the guys can actually play, but If I even pick up an instrument it goes out of tune”.
Can a book talk make you hungry?
Well, if it’s the recent food forum featuring noted Atlanta chef and former Top Chef contestant Kevin Gillespie discussing Roy Blount Jr.’s new book Save Room for Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations with the author, the answer is yes.
If you’re not familiar with Blount or his work, think the regional wit of Mark Twain or a more historical, but none-the less hysterical Dave Barry.
The discussion was held in Blount’s hometown of Decatur, Georgia, where Gillespie operates Revival, one of his two wildly popular Atlanta-area restaurants.
When it comes to the image of a southern good ole boy, you couldn’t find one much more opposite than that of Sheldon Cooper, the extremely intelligent, rigidly logical, and completely socially inept breakout character of TV’s long-running, highly rated comedy hit “The Big Bang Theory”.
But in a ironic twist, Cooper, played by multiple Emmy winner Jim Parsons, was supposedly born and raised in Galveston, Texas, has a overly devout southern-drawling Evangelical mother, and a doting grandmother he calls by that most southern of sobriquets “Mee-Maw”.
For those few who aren’t familiar with the show, it revolves around the antics of Cooper and three other brilliant young scientists whose geekiness and intellect are contrasted for laughs with the social skills and common sense of the women they encounter in their lives.
However, the real co-star of the show, after humor, is the actual science employed on every episode.
Hi. I’m Dave Price and welcome to my writers page – Write On with Dave Price.
I hope you like what you find here. I also hope you will visit the 4 blogs I created, curate, write for, and publish. They are:
For 3 Nonfiction Books I’m Working On
- Senior Moments (w/Older Today Dave) – Ideas and tips about actively aging so your later years can be can be productive, meaningful, and fulfilling.
- Sprinkling Stardust: A Grandpop Speaks – My thoughts on growing old, grandparenting, and some of the important issues facing all of us, no matter what our age.
- Talking ‘Bout My Generation – The people, places, things, and ideas of interest to Baby Boomers and those who wish they were.
- Rock of Agers – A look back at the music and artists from rock and roll’s 2nd Decade (1964-1973) and those who are still carrying on that sound today.
Other Writing Sites
- Sixty and Me – I’m a featured contributor to this online magazine which reaches about 250.000 women worldwide.
I’m planning on having fun on this journalistic journey and I’ll hope you’ll join me. I’d really like to hear from you. You can make a comment on the Contact page of this web site. You can leave a comment after any post on this page. You can also leave comments on any of my blog posts or the related social media sites I manage.
I do have one request. My artist wife Judy, who edits all my work, contends that I’m self-centered, insensitive, juvenile, careless, and verbose in both my talking and my writing. After reading my stuff, even if you agree, please don’t let her know. She doesn’t need any more validation for her views.
When I first started as a reporter in newspapers in 1974, my job was relatively simple.
It was then transported to the composing room, where it was set into type, read by another proofreader comparing the original copy to the new text, and given to layout guys who pasted it in its proper place on its proper page.
Finally, my story, along with all the others in that day’s paper on page plates, was sent to the back shop, where it would roll off giant printing presses, ready for the circulation department to get it to readers. Meanwhile, salesmen in the advertising department were selling ads so that the publisher would have enough money to pay my salary.
Today, as a freelance writer, my job is much more complex. I (most often) find the stories. I write the stories. I pre-edit the stories; Judy post-edits them. I lay them out and then publish them on my computer. Now all of that I don’t mind. In fact, it’s actually fun when I stop procrastinating and finally get around to doing it.
But then I must be my own circulation department, finding readers for my stories, and my own advertising department, trying to figure out how to get at least some of my articles placed in publications that will pay me so my writing can help pay our bills.
It’s this part of the freelance business that bothers me. I’m much more writer than salesman.
But I am sales savvy enough to know that you should have a slogan (preferably a catchy one) for your business. Here’s mine – Have Story, Will Write. It’s at the top of my business card.
Now, like so many things in this writing business, my slogan is something borrowed, revised, and then used in a new context.
It is takeoff of the title of the western TV show “Have Gun, Will Travel”, which aired from 1957 until 1963. Here is the IMDB plot summary for that show: Professional gunfighter Paladin was a West Point graduate who, after the Civil War, settled into San Francisco’s Hotel Carlton were he awaited responses to his business card: over the picture of a chess knight “Have Gun, Will Travel … Wire Paladin, San Francisco.”
So what does my slogan “Have Story, Will Write” mean for you?
Well, if you are an editor or publisher of a publication that has a story you would like written, I would like to be that writer. And if you don’t happen to be a publisher, but have a great story that needs to be written, I want to be the guy that does that. If neither is the case, you can follow me and my writings online. Writers always need readers. Lots of readers.
Unlike the Richard Boone character Paladin in “Have Gun Will Travel,” as a freelance writer for hire, I don’t carry a gun strapped low to my thigh. But I do have a pen, and a bunch of notebooks, and an Apple laptop. You know what they say: “The pen is mightier than the sword.
And my pen, like Paladin’s gun, is yours if you need it.