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Richard Crooks Memorial

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Key West has had what’s known as a traditional New Orleans style funeral procession that has been going on since the beginning of time. Drums, Tubas, Trumpets, Flugelhorns, clarinets, saxophones, and percussion of many types, followed by a procession that headed down Duval St. from the Hog’s Breath to Sloppy Joe’s, where “The Pianamal”, Barry Cuda was playing. The parade marched right in! Of course, ‘Cuda had played with Richard for years at Sloppy Joe’s, the Hog’s Breath, B.O.’s Fish Wagon, The green Parrot, and many more venues about town.  As a matter of fact, they cut several albums together as well, with the same fabulous producer I used, Dan Simpson. A great rendition of “When The Saints Come Marching In” was done and then the parade, headed down Duval again and on to Southard, where it finished up  at the Green Parrot, for it’s final stop of the day.

Godspeed Father Time. You are loved!  

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Richard Crooks – Photo by Ralph DePalma Photography, Key West

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My CD is available on iTunes, CD Baby, CD Universe, Rhapsody, and Beachfront Radio.
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Thank you everyone!!
 

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2015/01/richard-crooks-memorial.html

Bucket List II: Boca Grande

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Back in September I wrote a blog on achieving one of the goals on my “Bucket List”. As many who read this blog have English as a second language, I’ll explain what the “Bucket List” is. To begin with, it’s a slang phrase based off of another slang phrase, so the interpretation isn’t obvious. The original phrase comes from England and is hundreds of years old. That slang phrase is “Kick The Bucket”, referring to someone dies. The phrase “Bucket List” means a list of things someone wants to do before they die. In the blog a few months ago, I achieved one of my bucket list goals by going to the Dry Tortugas, which lie 75 miles (122km) west of Key West.

Dry Tortugas Bucket List Blog: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-bucket-listthe-dry-tortugas-fort.html 
 

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Or phone Captain Bob direct at: 863  835 1427

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Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2015/01/bucket-list-ii-boca-grande.html

Richard Crooks Memorial, Where is Key West Heading?

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Then there’s the Conch Train. It’s been running for about sixty years. A little tour that is loaded with fantastic, historical information. Apparently there are some in town who are now complaining about the speaker system on them, as they drive through their neighborhoods. I’d be willing to lay odds that these complainers have not been living with the Conch Train for sixty years. I’d wager that these idiots moved here while the Conch Train was well established and today want Key West to be just like it was wherever they came from, be it Scarsdale N.Y., Newton Ma., Atlanta, or Michigan.

What they should do is move back.

This ain’t the mainland.

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However, one thing is abundantly clear: The overall quest of the island’s goal is to be more and more like the mainland cities in Florida, such as Tampa, St. Petersburg, Ft. Lauderdale, or Miami. 

Personally, I think they are not seeing the island’s niche, that being an island at a far outpost from civilization. 

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2015/01/richard-crooks-memorial-where-is-key.html

The Green Parrot, Notable Blogs of the Year, Grazie Italia, Happy New Year!

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Most Popular Blogs of 2014.

Thank you everyone!!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-green-parrot-notable-blogs-of-year.html

A Few Holiday Songs From My Friend Scott Alan!

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Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-few-holiday-songs-for-season-over.html

Richard Crooks A.K.A. Father Time

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However, Richard was always the most professional player I’ve played with. Before we recorded my album, I gave everyone who was going to play on it an acoustic demo that I recorded, so that they could learn the songs. Now mind you, the entire crew were first rate musicians. When we got into the studio, more often than not it became a musician saying to me “Woh! Wait a minute, what the hell did the song do there?” to which I replied “I gave you the demo recording, and the chord sheet that went along with it. Didn’t you listen to it? Then they would say “Well, I was thinking your stuff was like that other Trop Rock guy……” and I would reply “No, my stuff isn’t like his or anyone else’s. My stuff has chord changes that are not the norm. They go off the beaten path, but manage to flow quite naturally.  That’s why I took the time and money to record and give you the recording and lyric/ chord charts, so you wouldn’t be learning the damn song in the friggin’ studio.”

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Here’s an amazing thing about Richard Crooks. When we were finished with the rhythm tracks, (Bubba Low Notes, played the bass at the San Carlos Institute sessions along with Richard, by the way!), we went back to the studio to prepare for the other instruments, that would be added to the rhythm tracks. As it appears on the grid on the computer, there are the sound waves and every few inches there are vertical lines. These are the exact points of where the beat lies. As humans, no one is perfect. Inevitably, a musician is either a touch in front of the beat, or a touch behind the beat here and there on occasion. The engineer will move it digitally to compensate for the error. I’m talking about drums, however this can happen with all instruments.

My life long friend, Vintz McKeon, came to Key West a few years back. Vintz and I had been in bands together until I left New Jersey and moved to Florida when I was twenty one. Vincent is an extraordinary drummer, based in New Jersey, not too far from NYC and is in the city very often catching music shows of all sorts of genres over the years. From the Allman Brothers, to Charles Mingus, to The Band, to Tower of Power, to James Taylor, to Miles Davis. He’s also active, playing with a band named “The Harmony Brothers” for the last several years. When Vintz heard Richard, he was in awe.

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(“Island Blue” featuring Richard Crooks on drums)

Guitarist Larry Baeder mentioned to me the day after Richard’s passing that the entire music fraternity in New York City was mourning. I can tell you that so is the one in Key West.

Key West is so grateful you chose to be part of this island.

My most sincere condolences go out to his wonderful wife Nina and his entire family.

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To obtain my music:

My CD is available on iTunes, CD Baby, CD Universe, Rhapsody, and Beachfront Radio.
Search: Key West Chris

Thank you everyone!!

 

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/12/richard-crooks-aka-father-time.html

Happy Merry Christmas From Key West!

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Happy Merry Christmas From Key West!

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The end result is a very fun recording and we’re offering it for sale for less than a dollar!!! 













Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/12/happy-merry-christmas-from-key-west.html

In The Presence of Greatness

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Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/12/in-presence-of-greatness-as-performers.html

MOTM Part 3 and MUST DO’s in Key West!

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Later that evening we headed over to The Bull where Kelly McGuire was playing and hosting the Atlanta Parrot Head event there. Lots of friends were there as well! Key West / NJ resident and pal Beth Schreier (she was also at Schooner! She gets around!), Dianna Greenfield Christ, Pablo Heins, Art Hessen, Darlene Hessen, Jeff Lange, Debbie Simmons, Lee Simmons, Micki Greer, Fred Wunder, Rich McGuire, Michelle Tafoya, Brian Fields, …the list went on and on! A typical Bull evening too! Lots and lots of laughs all night long!

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Complements to Mike Miller for organizing this great event!

Mr. Andy Westcott playing for the Hugo Duarte fundraiser at Captain Tony’s

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(Sam Rainwater)


MUST DO’s IN KEY WEST

On an odd note, at the aforementioned Sunday event at Captain Tony’s, Dani and I started off with a song of mine, “Sailing”. Before we started I got on the mic and asked how many people in the house had been out on the water since they’ve been here? No one raised their hands. I thought maybe no one heard me, so I asked again. Again nothing. So I said “No one’s been out on the water?”. Nothing. We went on with our set and all went great and we were well received!

“SAILING” 

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Thanks!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/11/motm-part-3.html

MOTM 2014 Part 2

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Key West Chris

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/11/motm-2014-part-2.html

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