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Wow...what a week. I think this is the busiest I have ever been. I had an audition on Saturday, performances of the musical Saturday Night at Grossingers continue, and had a debut performance with the great violinist, Chris Murphy on Saturday night, plus rehearsal with Chris Opperman on Sunday night. The Chris Murphy gig went well I think. It was at a Sushi Bar in Pacific Palisades called "The Pearl Dragon". The band included DJ Bonebrake,of the band X, on drums. Nice guy and great player. We didn't have any problems locking in together and made some good music. On Sunday, my wife and I went to eat breakfast at "The Lamplighter", a local coffee shop kind of place in Sherman Oaks, and who should the host sit us next to? Vinnie Colaiuta, the great drummer with Frank Zappa, Chick Corea, Sting, and many others! Now, I don't like bothering people, especially when they're eating, but thanks to Chris Opperman, I got to shoot the shit with one of my all-time favorite musicians, Vinnie Colaiuta! The reason I say thanks to Chris for this, is because he simply called me about rehearsal. This caused Vinnie to start a conversation with me because it turns out that we both have Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" set as our ringtone and he thought it was his cell phone ringing! I introduced myself and told Vinnie I was a fan and he asked if I was a drummer, I told him no I was a bass player and I think he was relieved by hearing that. He thought that it was whacked out that someone else had the same ringtone and we talked about how some subversive employee at T-Mobile was probably behind putting that clip up to download. He said he has been really busy, just came back from Japan and is going out on the road with Faith Hill for a couple of dates and doing more dates with Chick Corea. Since yesterday was my B-Day, that ended up being a pretty nice birthday present.

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