Me and Boo took a little trip north.
I saw friends and Klingons and friends and Steam Punks and friends and loin cloths and friends and Katnis-ses? – si? huh... anyway, there were multiple Katniss. This is CONvergence Science Fiction and Fantasy convention and it was good.
What else did I do? I cruised the Art Room with my friend Robert. I danced to 80’s pop with my ex, Stephanie. I had a nice long catching up with my friends Will and Emma. I counted all of John’s belly buttons. I pretended to rehearse with my old band-mate Ken. And, I drank endless toasts to my friend Michael.
I was here for one reason – to play music. Gallowglass Irish Trio decided we’d do a show at CONvergence. The 3 of us would come together for a weekend of merriment and mayhem and maybe even play a good show. Gallowglass has had multiple reunion shows over the years due to the fact that we’d never actually broke up just didn’t live in the same town anymore. CONvergence seemed like a good excuse to do another show.
The Universe doesn’t always allow things to go as planned.
On Friday was the final show of The Long Straight Forever – Michael’s last band. That was the toughest show to watch. Sunday was the final show of Gallowglass - Michael’s first band. That was the toughest show to play. But play we did. With our friend Ray Yates standing in for Michael (as well as a number of other friends who wished to be a ‘stunt Michael’ and some fine singing by our newly dubbed ‘Gallow Lasses’) Ken and I were determined to create as much light and laughter as we had as Gallowglass Irish Trio all those many years ago.
As far as I can tell we succeeded in making everyone laugh while crying/crying while laughing. The music was fine and loud and filled with the memories of summer days spent among oaks and castles.
What I mostly did this weekend is remind myself what wonderful friends I’ve made over the course of my lifetime. Each and Every One of You make my life Richer for the knowing and more Brilliant for having Lived it with you.