First things first, a very happy birthday to two people: Chuck Loeb and Marion Meadows. New York Attitude and Southwestern Flair. Rock on, you two, enjoy your day, and smile plenty!

Second, and this dampens the celebratory mood quite a bit, I would like to mark the passing of two people as well. Webster Roach, Walter Beasley’s friend and bassist, passed away shortly after the SuperCruise docked back in Miami. It wasn’t until well after that I found out that he had a stroke while aboard the ship, and passed away from complications related thereto. Also, Levon Mitchell, a friend to many friends of mine, who suffered a fatal heart attack. These two gentlemen will be missed by all whom they touched.

The day’s just starting – let it roll!