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June 13, 2016

I’m sorry that it’s been a while since I posted a new blog but after the Love Affair reunion I took some time to enjoy my last few weeks of vacation from the road. During that time off I went to New Orleans for a few days with Kellie, attended some events around town, did some recording, performed a few times locally & was able to perform with the Praise Band at my church for 6 consecutive Sundays. The touring resumed on May 19th and I’ve already been to Minnesota, Washington DC, Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois & Washington.

"w John Gorman at the 2016 Taurus Party"

“w John Gorman at the 2016 Taurus Party”

Of the events I attended, one was the annual Taurus Party. It began in the heyday of WMMS years ago and John Gorman still host’s it every year…a great time to catch up with old friends.

"Alan Freed Memorial"

“Alan Freed Memorial”

I was also a guest for the Alan Freed Memorial as his ashes finally had a resting place at the Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, the city where Alan Freed coined the phrase “rock-n-roll”. And backstage I met the hall of fame songwriter & Stax musician David Porter (Soul Man, Hold On, I’m Comin’, etc.)…that was a real treat! Especially considering the years I worked with Sam Moore, to finally also meet the man that wrote and played on those songs was very cool.

w Memphis Stax songwriter David Porter at Alan Freed Memorial

“backstage at the Alan Freed Memorial w David Porter”

I’m finally selling t-shirts of my latest CD on my website. They are 100% cotton, pre-shrunk and come in 3 colors. There’s also a long sleeve t-shirt available but that one only comes in black.

"Jessica Petrone, Kellie Karl & Shaina Kovatch modeling my new T-Shirts"

“Jessica Petrone, Kellie Karl & Shaina Kovatch modeling my new T-Shirts”

I usually don’t get real personal with my life in my blogs but this time I will make an exception. While on break during a routine check-up with the vet we found out that our dog, Diva, had cancer. She had only just turned 11yrs old and was extremely healthy and so full of life that surgery was scheduled for May 27th.

"Diva"

“Diva”

During the surgery they found that the tumor was much larger than the ultrasound had shown. Sadly, she passed away just after the surgery was completed. Not only was she a special, loving dog but she also was a wonderful companion for my mother and an incredible watchdog/protector for my 96yr old father. Losing her was a shock. She was an angel on this earth and I’ll always miss the long hugs she demanded every time I came home from the road.

"Diva getting her back from the road hug"

“Diva getting her back from the road hug”

"One more"

“One more”

26 Responses

  1. Terry St.Mary says:

    Hey buddy. I am profoundly shocked and saddened to hear of Diva passing. I didn’t remember you saying anything when we were together in Kingston. Im sure the loss is staggering to you, mom and dad. They are one of the very few things in life you can take for granted. They love you unconditionally and don’t care what sort of day you had. They are just so excited to see you! She is in heaven waiting for you at the rainbow bridge! I hope as the days and weeks pass the pain in your heart will ease. See you and the guys in Everett in December. Terry

  2. Trudy says:

    Rich,
    Sounds like your vacation / time off was awesome!
    I am so sorry to hear about Diva… she was part of the family for 11 years and she will be missed greatly, prayers for y’all!
    Love ya ! <3

  3. Diane Porter says:

    awe, Rich, I am so sorry for the loss of Diva. It seems a bad time for losing Fur babies. (mine too). A lot of facebook people have lost their fur babies. I can imagine your parents really miss Diva, so sad for them and you. 🙁

    Sounds like you had a great time off the road. see you soone.

  4. jan toler says:

    So sorry for your loss Rich… our fur kids are very much loved…

  5. Jill Carroll says:

    We had the best time Sat night in Kingston WA enjoying HHSPN! You guys are the best 😃. Sorry to hear about Diva. We had the same experience with our dog a few years ago and my heart goes out to you and your family. Take care, Rich, see you again later this summer 😃

  6. RICH condolences from Elaine and I on your precious loss. Pets are part of the family and I know how hard it can be. My kids have our family dog who is 15 years old and she’s precious, her name is Daisy and basically is on her last legs so we are dreading that moment but know that your diva (as well as ours someday soon) is in heaven.

  7. Joy Rud says:

    I like your Blog & the T-shirt! I’m so sorry about your furbaby, Diva. I love the pictures of her hugs. I just had to say goodbye to my 14 yr old Vizsla, Misty, last Friday, so I understand the feeling of loss. Thinking of you & your folks with love & prayers.

  8. Judy Stephen says:

    So sorry about Diva. Our furbabies are family and it’s hard to lose one so special. Glad to hear you had an otherwise good break from work. What does a traveling musician do on his vacation? Travel and make music!

  9. Kathy Cunningham says:

    So sorry for your loss Rich :'( Sending an abundance of prayers & strength to you & your family ^j^ Diva is so precious & will always be in your heart & special memories.

  10. Gail says:

    Rich and mom&dad ,
    I’m so sorry to hear about diva I know how much she was a part of the family. I know your heart aches as would mine over one of my babies Shepard ‘s sending love and hugs to all of you

    Love you all always Gail

  11. Mo says:

    Hi Rich,
    Enjoyed your blog however was sorry to hear of the loss of your pooch, Diva. As a dog person I understand how empty the house feels when they are gone. Take care and see you soon

  12. Denise Church says:

    Hi Rich!

    I loved your newsy blog describing the 2016 Taurus Party, the Alan Freed memorial and loved the live models modeling your new T-shirts. They look awesome!!! I was really taken aback by the news of the death of Diva!!! She looks so sweet in the pictures and I know you are going to miss those long hugs…I love the pictures!!! My heart really goes out to you and your parents!!! You’ve lost a family member and I’m so sorry!!! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!!

  13. Shelley J Sweet-Tufano says:

    I am only one of many people who will certainly understand your statements about Diva. There is so much more to them than we can understand so I just know that they will rejoin us at a later time when we will be given the necessary wisdom. My heart aches for your loss.

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