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Mike Stern: What A Trip

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After the show, once again there was Stern, shaking hands, posing for pictures, and thanking people for coming to the show. We figured that we had already had our moment in time and were slowly working our way through the crowd towards the exit. We smiled and waved to him as we noticed an eye contact, but we were still heading toward the door. He waved us over and said, "We need to get a selfie." After migrating over, Stern greeted Ronda with that big wonderful smile of his and said, "Hey Sweetie!" He put his arms around both of us for a photo. Fortunately a gentleman in the crowd offered to take the picture so we didn't have to wrestle with a selfie. Then, one last time, Mike Stern thanked US!

As we left the Catalina that night, we were speechless as to the events of the evening. Oh, we were already well aware of the huge talent and immense skills as a guitarist, musician, and songwriter. But the fact that his level of kindness, heart, humanity, and sincerity are all of that same level just kind of blew us away. No stuffed shirt super star here. I have a whole lot of respect and admiration for that.

As timing would have it, the aforementioned new record came out just this month (September 2017). In addition to drummer Dennis Chambers, Trip features a long and impressive list of musicians who contributed on this project. Yes, it is fittingly titled Trip. You have to love the self-effacing humor that amounts to making lemonade out of lemons. Those juices flow with such songs as "Scotch Tape and Glue" and "Screws." The record, in a word, is brilliant. I suppose better stated to say that it is "sweet!"

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