White Summer Reunion

WHITE SUMMER's reunion June '09

Our Fellow Hubber - expressing one of his other many talents - James A Watkins
Our Fellow Hubber - expressing one of his other many talents - James A Watkins

James' son ADAM

drum set up - he and James share the same set: like father like son, Adam is a GREAT drummer!
drum set up - he and James share the same set: like father like son, Adam is a GREAT drummer!

The energy of a crowd before a band plays is electric. You can almost hear questions running through their heads: “Will it be a good time? Do they know their stuff? Will it move me...?” However, this group was different. Young and old alike had gathered, flying from hundreds of miles away, driving more than 1,000 miles, with even the “locals” going 70+ miles to get there. They would not have missed THIS for anything in the world!

They’d walked into Czar's completely doubt free, truckloads of anticipation beaming from them as if fireworks were already exploding in their brains. This crowd expected pure MAGIC!

Just wait ‘till you hear Jimmy rip that guitar – JUST WAIT!” Himey, the brother of the bass player, Randy Brown, kept repeating. “You’re not going to believe it! Just wait…”

White Summer’s website has testimonies of how great they were even from Eric Clapton and Neil Young, but James A Watkins, admitted to not having played since June of 2007. Was I the only one who wondered if this might be less than a stellar performance?

His son Adam had brought the drums and was busily setting them up but seemed nervous. Why was he nervous? Enlightening me he said, “I’ll be playing later”. Was that going to be after the band played their sets or was James going to make an “obligatory” appearance resigning early since he had not practiced in so long?

Himey, Jimmy, Randy
Himey, Jimmy, Randy

Hi, I’m Scott Owen”, volunteered a handsome young fellow. “I’m a friend of James and sung in the band when I was 13 years old.” Quite the testimony for how generous White Summer’s members were but was he singing with them tonight? I am sure it still sounded good in the shower I mused. Hey, he was easy on the eyes – I could handle it.

I remember when I was 17”, Himey chimed in again, “Randy took Jimmy on a single tour of our house, and from then on he knew it better than I did as if he wasn’t blind at all!” I had noticed that earlier about Jimmy Schrader. Tempted to tell him what was on his plate at the restaurant as Kelly McGillis had done for Val Kilmer in “At First Sight”, James beat me to it mentioning a sauce that was hanging threateningly close to disaster. Jimmy calmly alleviated all concern with an easy “I noticed that”. I realized then that Jimmy could probably rattle off at least a couple hundred things going on in the diner completely oblivious to me or anyone else. On his bio for his current band (www.badmannerz.com ) in Florida, it mentions his love for bungee jumping. James’ admiration shone as he told tales of how Jimmy has even flown a Cessna 180, driven a boat and a car at over 100 miles an hour! Clearly, this man does not believe in ANY limitations!

Connected like no others - and a JOY to be with!

Jimmy Schrader and James Watkins
Jimmy Schrader and James Watkins

James and Jimmy seemed connected in a way I had never felt or witnessed with anyone before. “Jimmy creates his own music and when he would play me a new melody he had created for the first time, words and melodies would come right into my head as if they were being sung,” remembered James. James also used to have songs “appear” to him in his mind fully formed with all instrumentation, vocals, lyrics; while doing something else. James added how creative a player Jimmy is, humbly leaving out his own dynamic and highly empathic talents.

Jimmy has amazing, supernatural hearing. You can rattle two pots together and he would know it was “B flat”. One time in Florida while my cousin was visiting, the crickets chirped through the open screen windows. My cousin asked what notes they were. Without hesitation, Jimmy recognized and answered that most were in B, with a few of them in D – and he was not kidding! A band member would cut the cheese and Jim would say “C sharp” they reminisced laughingly. “I wanted to be in Jimmy's world on stage, where it is nothing but sound, so I started to close my eyes while we played and soon we could communicate completely just by varying the intensity of a note and the other flowing right along with it.” Now that is connected! Just being in the presence of these two exceptional individuals enveloped me with a feeling that all was right with the world.

Randy and Jimmy in Czars

Himey specifically asked for this picture. Perhaps because if you were to meet Jimmy, you'd have to be reminded of any "limitations"!
Himey specifically asked for this picture. Perhaps because if you were to meet Jimmy, you'd have to be reminded of any "limitations"!
These guys were pros - I could just hear Jimmy saying, "Sure we know that one - let me play you a chord" - requests are a piece of cake for these pros!
These guys were pros - I could just hear Jimmy saying, "Sure we know that one - let me play you a chord" - requests are a piece of cake for these pros!

Randy led Jimmy on stage to set-up and despite Jimmy’s calm, contented demeanor, you could feel his delight and enthusiasm the minute he stood in ‘his space’. He was more than ready to shine the minute someone said so. You could tell that someone was going to be James. He was drifting around masterfully; making sure every detail was in place without any of the usual business mode or worry the rest of us exude when “on purpose”. Fans were magnetized to him like moths to a flame, many of whom were women – much to his wife’s chagrin. It must be hard to try to maintain ownership with someone who is clearly meant to “participate fully in the world through the full and positive articulation of their gifts”. (2/15/55 according to “The Secret Language of Destiny” by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers) Individuals on the “Way of Expression” are encouraged to “Remember to focus on the positive with a reward of knowing the joy of bringing magic to others”.

Apparently, Randy’s wife kept moving him farther away, geographically, hoping he would quit that lifestyle altogether too. “We had a number of bass players through the years but Randy was the best” James shared earlier. “He played with us for almost 5 years until they lived too far for him to even make it to practice". Unlike James however, Randy’s “Way of Introspection” (6/4/57) requires him to “release the need for an audience” so his wife was doing him a favor. Despite having the strength to get “on the wagon” for a couple years, Randy kept coming over seemingly to get a contact high from his brother’s consumption level. “I won’t go out for anything less than $100 bucks a night” he exclaimed. His statement both confirmed how tough it must be to play with a ‘less than the best’ band and denying his current church band involvement. Jimmy’s destiny too requires him to “release the need to be popular” which may have contributed to living a quieter life than huge fame would have allowed. His “Way of Freedom’s” (3/26/53) lesson is “to be true to oneself by living an authentic life”. Happily married to a woman who supports him in being all he can be, Jimmy is indeed following his destiny and said he does not have a single regret – “not a one”.

There were many "back in the days"

1996 James, Jimmy, Randy & Dale
1996 James, Jimmy, Randy & Dale

Dale Parsons, their personal manager, must have been accustomed to warding off or distracting some fans himself. He too emanated so much warmth the Titanic could have been saved with one look. Sharp as a tack and heart that seemed to have the Midas touch, everyone automatically checked in with him to be “caught up” and informed. He used to bring structure to the band ‘back in the day’ and you could tell he contributed a whole lot more than just setting up the stage. (“The Way of Structure” 12/7/60). What an amazing team! My doubts were dissipating.

James - drummer, singer, songwriter

Man can he play! When you're that good, clearly practice is no longer essential!!!
Man can he play! When you're that good, clearly practice is no longer essential!!!

Wild things! They made our hearts sing!

There wasn't a single person there that night that didn't have a WHOPPIN' GREAT TIME!
There wasn't a single person there that night that didn't have a WHOPPIN' GREAT TIME!
"Dancin' Dan" and anyone he could find, dancing with the energy of a 20 yr old!
"Dancin' Dan" and anyone he could find, dancing with the energy of a 20 yr old!
Chelsea and beau. He said,"I've NEVER known a band that will actually come and talk to you between sets! I'm a fan for sure!"
Chelsea and beau. He said,"I've NEVER known a band that will actually come and talk to you between sets! I'm a fan for sure!"

All of a sudden, goose bumps started forming on my arms as White Summer started playing. Almost everyone immediately jumped up to dance and move.

THIS WAS GOING TO BE AMAZING!!!

Warming up with Robin Trower’s “Day of the Eagle” and flowing into Pink Floyd’s “Time”, I too was carried joyously to a world with no doubt what-so-ever.

I instantly realized why thousands of people have said “White Summer” is the best band they have ever heard!

James revealed, “The band’s philosophy had always been that we were musicians and if anyone was going to listen, we wanted them to listen for the music we played – for no other reason”.

White Summer at Czar's June 26, 2009


First Set


Day of the Eagle
Time
Waiting for the Bus Jesus Just Left Chicago

...p Sunglasses (Dale sings; Adam on drums)[ZZ Top
Make It Last (Randy sings; Adam on drums)[Montrose - vocalist Sammy Hagar, before famous: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLmNBEr5SGo ]
Little Wing (Adam on drums; Jim out front)[Jimi Hendrix]
Red House [Jimi Hendrix/ White Summer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LsezR_Tiyc ]
Too Rolling Stoned [Robin Trower he's great, better recording replaced with downloadable version for MP3 by request: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W00QZM/ref=dm_dp_trk5?ie=UTF8&qid=1247112838&sr=8-2]

Second Set


White Room [Cream (last concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRqjpuLFXek /Clapton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvnWuOjJDh4]

Green River [
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River + Lyrics*2 min 34 sec - Sep 23, 2008 -
Green River is a song that was written by John Fogerty and recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It is the title track of their #1 album with the same ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XcxFNONz64


Mustang Sally (Scott sings/ Buddy Guy) George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning American blues and rock guitarist and singer. Known as an inspiration to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and other guitarists, Guy is considered an important exponent of Chicago blues. He is the father of female rapper Shawnna and son Michael. He is the older brother of late blues guitarist Phil Guy. Guy is known for his showmanship: for example, he plays his guitar with drumsticks, or strolls into the audience while jamming and trailing a long guitar chord.


Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers [ZZ Top - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_Drinkers_and_Hell_Raisers ]
Tush (Randy sings; Adam on drums) [ZZ]

Pride and Joy (Adam on drums; Jim out front)[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU0MF8pwktg ]

Rock Candy (Randy sings; Adam on drums)[Montrose/Sammy Hagar]
Roadhouse Blues (Adam on drums; Jim out front)[The Doors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU9JWukf07c]
Rock and Roll (Randy sings; Adam on drums)[Led Zeppelin]
All Along The Watchtower [Hendrix/Dylan]
Jimmy Schrader on Guitar
Purple Haze [Hendrix]

White Summer at Czar's June 26, 2009 (cont.)

Third set


Young Lust [PF http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bWdWZLSTio]
Sharp Dressed Man [ZZ words slightly changed: *Everyone*s crazy bout a well hung man** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_EFdod4YDo]
Blue Jean Blues
Cat Scratch Fever
The Wind Cries Mary
Comfortably Numb [Pink Floyd)

Encore


Born Under A Bad Sign
[JH]
Hey Joe [JH]
Wild Thing [JH]


EXTRAS: Black Magic Woman [live from Chile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl-qWXosazg]; Space Oddity [original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D67kmFzSh_o which doesn't do him justice at all - in concert he was a true showman exuding more energy than most - therefore: Rebel, Rebel, Foxey Lady ; I'm Goin' Home...

It was a night for PROS all the way!

Scott blew us away!
Scott blew us away!
Dale sung too?? How many things does a guy get to be good at? And a whole group of them?!
Dale sung too?? How many things does a guy get to be good at? And a whole group of them?!

As you can see by what they played that night, everyone was filled to capacity with joyful memories. Music touches our soul and with musicians as accomplished as those in this band, an evening that will not be forgotten for decades is inevitable.

Scott did get up to sing and I was absolutely astounded at how fabulous he was! Subsequently, I found out from James that, “Scott is one of my bestest and oldest friends. He has never sung in a band. He is a karaoke champion! That was the second time he ever sang a song with us.”

Even Dale got up to sing and he too was amazing! (I knew there was more to him than even the tremendous warmth he emanated J)

Since the band is no longer together, you may ask why I write this hub. In simplified terms I believe what Bob Moawad once said, “If you’re too busy to help the people around you succeed, you’re TOO busy”. I recognized a kindred spirit in James who has helped many, especially Jimmy Schrader.

Naturally, he asks you to, “Go to YouTube, and listen to Red House (see sidebar and new hub). There are many great guitar players but you don’t hear many guys that can really rip the blues like that. There’s something about those blues licks – there’s something about that feeling…”

"What goes around comes around” is another reason. I believe James has much to contribute and perhaps needs that same support he has been dishing out for decades from those of us who are fans. He's thinking about revamping and then publishing a book about his life while in the band and rock and roll in that era. Hoping you'll join me in encouraging him to do just that.

In the meantime, anyone want to join me in Florida to listen to Jimmy Schrader play in Bad Mannerz? This time I can guarantee it will indeed be PURE MAGIC! (of course, we have to ask James to visit with us :) p-l-e-a-s-e James - play it again! )

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roseflr 7 years ago from PITTSBURGH

After that build up, I'm so glad you put up their video, I would have been very disappointed if I didn't have a chance to hear them! They certainly are terrific, thanks.


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

So glad you enjoyed it roseflr! Appreciate you coming by and especially as the first to comment. James posted a few links on his White Summer hub. I also looked up the links on YouTube to many of the songs they played - just in case you want to reminisce a little more :)

It truly was an amazing time. Not sure my words do it justice in the least but hey... better than missing it altogether.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

SEM Pro— How can I thank you enough for coming to Michigan and taking the time to interview us, take photos, listen to the band and then: the work it took to put this together!  For complete strangers! (Well, not anymore.) :D

I could not be more pleased.  You are my new best friend.  And, I have a feeling, a best friend to the world.  I am going to send this link to my email friends.  They will get a charge out of it.  You are the best!

I see you took out my phat photo. :-) Thanks!


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

You didn't look phat to me - just like a WILD THANG with your 70s tie-dye > loved it!

Honored to be able to write about it - more so for having been there - and even more so for your kind words and friendship. You are special James. Any of us who are paying attention for more than a couple minutes, take the time to hear what you say, on paper, with a set of drums, and maybe even in a jet, can feel you have much to offer the world. All of us are glad to be a part of it!

So, where's the link for your hub? Couldn't get the text links to 'shrink'. Appreciate your explanation but well, it just didn't work for me... On a comment the entire addy shows but is linkable I believe. As friends it's perfectly OK to advertise in a comment - after all, it's really your hub :)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Do you mean the link to the Hub Page about my band?

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/White-Summer


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I tried all the links you have on this page and they all work just fine. I didn't know you could have so many. Someone told me you are only allowed two on a Hub Page but obviously that's not true?


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Yes and thank you dear Sir! You have links to other of your band's music on it (seemed silly to duplicate or detract). For anyone who would like to hear more wonderful tunes from White Summer /\ that's the link and/or read more from the leader himself. His series of blogs on music of the 60s, 70s, & 80s are wonderful too - all linked on the upcoming hub as well :)

James, you mentioned that the reunion was going to be recorded - any projection for that to be up and available? In addition, you were considering posting more of your original music. I'd love to hear more! Even friends in India are rockin' to your music now :)


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Glad I didn't hear about the restriction on links - thought you had 4 original links on your White Summer hub?

Instead I read about how many pics and links and videos one is supposed to include but believe that must have changed as well since so many have mini hubs by comparison. I enjoy returning to good hubs with many videos or songs I love - beats searching on YouTube and believe it might support fellow hubbers work (not sure about that though)

Do you like the links? They're not by White Summer but as roseflr pointed out - all that build-up with no music seemed like a tease :) Your play list appropriately became a testimony for awesome music! It seemed a shame to simply say, "You ought to have been there!"

Please do let us know if you post more on YouTube - and thanks again for stopping by!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Well done, SEM Pro! Your description of the scene, the players and the music is so electric it makes me feel like I was there with you! Everything from the playlist (soooo many memories of the originals of these songs) to the photos to the obvious affection you have for the band and the bandmates have for each other, make this -- in my opinion -- the penultimate homage to the power of rock & roll.

James -- Thank you for sharing your band with us on HP, too. Any possibility of a West Coast appearance:-)?


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Mighty Mom - you just made my decade! Thank you!

I was hoping to write that could somehow allow people to feel as though they had been listening and dancing right there with us :)


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

SEM Pro -- Actually, you made MY decade! Seriously, reading this made me feel 10 years younger. Thanks for being a literary band groupie surrogate for me:-). MM


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

LOL "a literary band groupie surrogate"! Love it! Back in the day being a groupie of any sort wasn't appealing but hey - whatever I can do now to shave of decades for myself or others - count me in! Beats Olay face creams hands down doesn't it :)


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

OH this is just totally awesome!!! hah!!

dori


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Thanks dori! So glad you liked it! Being able to share such a great time is almost as good as taking a special lady like yourself out for a well deserved night on the town - almost. So please darlin', pick a tune, crank up the sound and dance any blues away! :)


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

almost? lol I will enjoy the music and write all my blues away!

dori


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

YES! YES! YES! After you commented, decided to edit a little more because I realized some of the links didn't go straight to the songs i.e. Pride and Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughn - come on back soon - there will be more to boogie to (says she listening to it while typing and having a tough time not jumping up to dance herself :))

Yep James - need to post more please - you started a "thang" to revive the WILD we all need these days :) thanks!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

A stranger from Greece put three songs from my first album on YouTube. A friend called to tell me about it. I turned 21 the day it was released so it's old stuff and our first effort and recording our own music but here are the links.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SamGVdqD2Uk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OokeXGbnz8c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDwLGdbztyE


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Yes, I want to do more music Hubs.  I have a request to put our versions of "All Along the Watchtower" "Green River" and "Midnight Rider" on YouTube (and a Hub).  Creating the videos is time consuming (maybe because I obviously don't know what I'm doing!). 

I have plenty of original music I can use, too. But on the last one "Red House" was the big hit—as I thought it would be. We never could write songs as well as we could play them.

The reunion was filmed and Jimmy's sister Wendy is having it transferred to DVD. I can't wait to see it. A CD was recorded, also, that I heard one set of but it is one continuous track so Dale is having a friend split it into individual song tracks and then I'll have it.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Oh yes, I have 4 videos. I meant a limit of 2 Anchor Texts.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Mighty Mom— I would love to do West Coast. We always do them in Florida—because the three of us all live here and we played here for years after Orlando became our new home base in 1980—and in Michigan because that is where the three of us are from. We never played on the west coast so I don't know who would show up to see us! But if they would come out I think it is possible.


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

THANK YOU JAMES! "Sail", "Omega" and "Laugh When I Die" are all great sounding. Mighty fine for 'first efforts'! Much better than many of the links posted too i.e. Nugent's sucks & Bowie isn't ANYTHING like he was in concert 'back in the day'.

We look forward to more! BTW y'all: http://www.theworldaccordingtojames.com/category/m... yet another link to check out


Cheryl Oliver 7 years ago

Memories, memories............memories!! I sure wish I could have been back in MI to see White Summer!! What a great time my friends and I have had over the years following around from bar to bar to see the band!! Thanks for this hub - - great job!! If you ever want to visit beautiful, sunny AZ..........bring the band and the gang along!!


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

So glad you enjoyed it Cheryl although sounds like you had the better end of the deal as a fan 'back in the day'! Maybe Mighty Mom could make it from the coast to AZ and we'll plan a reunion where you are - sounds like an awesome plan to me :)

Appreciate you stopping by and commenting Cheryl! Are you considering joining our great global community of HubPages? We'd love to hear your adventures. Not everyone here is pursuing writing careers or even close - but we all enjoy sharing what's up in our little corners of the world. How 'bout it? We'd love to have you join us!


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Aloha ArchDynamics! Welcome to hp! I became your first fan even with no hubs yet :) (great profile though). Anyone willing to sing James' praises is better than OK with me!

I suspected it hadn't been 2 years since he played - he was just toooooo good, but was willing to keep up the pretext :) Very glad you spilled the beans - means we might have a better chance of talking him into a few more performances. OK, let's see, first in Orlando - you'll be there right? Then we head to AZ to see Cheryl and her gang... I'm lovin' it you guys!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

Thanks for posting this. I was wondering who the fellow hubber was that James mentioned would be going to watch. Looks like a great time. Simply awesome hub, photos, and interviews! The play list was fabulous! You really make me wish I could have been there! :D


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Cheryl!  My old friend!  One of our old band mates, Danny Misch (bass and vocals), is moving to Phoenix soon.  So, you never know!  I am glad you commented in here. 


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

My son, Adam, is my relief drummer—as in relief pitcher. :D

Scott will appreciate you calling him a "young man" since he is 48!

If you or anybody else comes to Florida to hear Bad mannerz I will certainly join you. And they are a great band! They feature a terrific singer and a fine keyboard player who is expert on sax, flute and harp; bringing nice colorings to the set list.


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Hi k@ri! So glad you enjoyed this hub - appreciate you stopping by and your glowing comment! DC isn't that far from Florida :) Want me to pick you up to head down there?


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

James - you did a great job of teaching a mighty fine "relief"! Your son is truly an excellent drummer.

48? Oh that we could all age so gracefully :) His girlfriend didn't look a day over 25 either.

Heading to Florida is definitely on the agenda. I may be detouring to Washington to pick up k@ri :) Any jets available for the AZ or West Coast event? "SHOTGUN!" - I have witnesses now - I called it first :)


John Baker 7 years ago

Those that missed the hunreds of gigs in White Summers' Michigan days missed uncountable terrific and memorable times. To many of us, the mere mention of The Pine Keg or Chiefs, just to name a few places, brings back good times we won't forget. Much has changed over the years but the boys can still bring it when they get the chance. There were so many great fans back in those days we'd be surprised when any missed a show. One of the bands biggest fans was my late sister Kathy Jaggers, with whom I shared some of our best times together with Jim and the gang. Absolutely priceless times when the music was a bond that joined all of us. There's as big a chance of reliving that period as there is of explaining how close we all were then. Sort of a big ole family where everyone knew just what to expect from each other. A lot of love there and God bless 'em all.


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting John. Deep condolence for your sister Kathy.

Very glad you had so many opportunities to experience something as unique and special as all of those good, and close times!

God Bless you too dear Sir


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Johnny's comments nearly brought me tears.  He captured the essence that is ineffable to me.

I guess I need to get busy and get a few more songs on YouTube.


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Was going to leave your comment as a final word of sorts - it truly does capture the essence of what was felt.

But - - - re-watched Duets in Scott's honor and he truly could have been on that movie and held his own right along with Huey, Gwyneth and the others. I can see why he's a karaoke champion! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mvqR1A2sjk He would have beat Maria for the prize money :) Might be a tough call to beat Arnold McCuller's Free Bird - a great competition to be sure :)

Once you master uploads, could you let me know how? I have some great mixed cassettes I'd like to transform and use on hubs.

 


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

SEM Pro— I got them on there but if you are waiting for me to master any technology it might be a while.  I have never been a gadget man. 

Scott is a fine singer. That's for sure. A great friend, too. We really see each other and have a great friendship.

I guess that's why I liked the drums.  Nice and simple.  Grab a pair of clubs and start beating on them.  I used to picture the faces of my ex's on my tom tom and hammer them all night long.  Feels good. :-)


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Wow James - no wonder your "reflection" hates your ex's so much too. I find it a lot healthier to fully feel: "I release you to your highest destiny" - normally knowing I can no longer help them and they're destined for a whole lot of bad karma! What we wish on others, returns to us in abundance - walk cautiously my friend.

Answering your email: The other hub honoring you seemed too long and judging by its diminishing score, people must have been voting negatively. Even the number of visitors registered many less as soon as I unpublished it - weird - as if unposting it turned back the clock to before people were there. Wish the hub stats had clear, defined guidelines. Few seem to know how they actually work.

Let me know if you'd like to read it and when - I'll republish temporarily before deleting.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Oh, I was only kidding!!!  It was just ONE of my exes and I would see her face on all my toms toms. :D  It's nothing but a mental exercise.  Catharsis.

I think you should publish whatever you want to write.  You have full editorial control.  I didn't see anything wrong with it at all.  I think something is wrong with this scoring system the last 5 or 6 days.  Things don't look right.

 

 

 


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

SEM Pro,

I love the way you slipped our own version of "Red House" in there! And the ZZ Top live tunes are great. I really enjoy the whole thing!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I published our version of "Green River" a few days ago on my newest Hub, "White Summer II"

WOW! That Cream tune is vintage! I didn't know it existed. Considering the equipment back then, it sounds better good!

And the clip of Stevie Ray—beautiful.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

All of the rest of  these tracks are great!  The Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Nugent, Santana, Alvin Lee, Santana, Bowie, Pink Floyd, Doors . . . you made great choices! 

It just hit me: That's a helluva set list for a 3 piece band!

:D


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Whoops! One of my comments is partially duplicated above. Must have happened when I went to watch another video. Sorry!

Regarding the cassettes. I think you need them converted to CD first in order to use them in videos (analog to digital). Then I can help you with it.


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

James thanks - and yes HELLUVA band therefore, helluva set list :)


Hack Retis 7 years ago

I like this, especially since it wasn't about NAZIs or rascism. I read too much into Hub titles I guess. ;)


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Hehe - have to see James' hubs for his band's name - interesting take Hack. Glad you like it - honored that you stopped by despite the title :)


JacdaBear 7 years ago

After reading this hub and all the commentary I am doubly sorry that I let other concerns keep me from attending. AHH well, no use crying over spilt milk under the bridge as they say! I can hardly wait for the next opportunity, and I trust that there will be many, to enjoy the music of this talented group of musicians. Lets plan on going together as a group. It would accomplish two things, meeting other hubbers and having a great time, both of which are highly desirable pursuits.


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Sounds great Jac - you have to become a hubber first :) http://hubpages.com/ Let us know when you're free to head south. James has already promised he'd join us to hear Jimmy "The King" Schrader in Florida - and may join in for a couple songs too.


David 7 years ago

"Here I Go Again", (to coin a phrase) missing another reunion. Sounds like another time lost from memory! Lucky for me James will clue me in! (By the way I always enjoyed playing “White Snake” even though it wasn’t with you guys.)


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for stopping by David! Sorry you missed it too. Guess we'll have to rely on James to clue us all in - did you used to play with White Summer?


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

David was one of the key members of White Summer.  He was a tremendous bass player and a good singer, too.  David was one of the original members of the band and later returned twice to grace us with his presence.  David can be heard on YouTube in the three songs put on there from our first album.


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Thank you James! Will we get to meet him when we come down to Florida? There are a few who have expressed interest in doing just that as you know. 'Tis time to set a definite date. Since many Fellow Hubbers are looking forward to meeting you - only fair that we ask you first to let us know when you're available. Could you give us a few possibilities?


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

David lives in Dyersburg, Tennessee. I went up there to visit him in February. He has expressed interest in the reunion gigs but has yet to make it to any.

I am available anytime, if you can pry me away from my Hub Pages! :D


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Don't forget to invite Randy Behavior!  :-)

The thing will be to check the schedule of Bad Mannerz and catch them at a nice venue. What is the window and I'll check his schedule?


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Open window at this point in time - many asking when to see if it could fit into their schedule. I'm busy packing but still not sure where or when I'm moving and would like to come down before heading north - natch'. That means within the next month for sure. Can you check when they're playing within the next 30-45 days? We'll go from there. The logistics of it all will become clearer - so far can only say there are folks from over 5 states in eastern US interested.

"Randy Behavior"? And how about folks from MI? Might be fun to rent a whole bus :)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Yes, I'll call Jimmy and check it out. This is an interesting idea. It would be great to meet a bunch of other Hubbers. That has a ring to it.

Randy Behavior is a Hubber, I thought you knew. Never mind if you don't.

How about advisor4qb, do you know her?


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Good idea - someone to dance wildly on the tables - we'll have to let her know there's no need to apologize in advance. Might even get her other side to hold the fort at hp for us:) (on second thought, think I'd get along mighty fine with the other side too :)) Just fanned both to get to know - one in FL already - other somewhere on the ocean (?). Once details are decided on, be more than happy to publish a temporary hub invitation - the more the merrier. You went on a forum with discussion concerning meeting fellow hubbers yes? Anyone else in mind? :)

Let us know dates+ pls Sir.


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

SEM Pro, this is very cool. Looks like loads of fun! Thanks for sharing. Like the sound. James, is the man...


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

Glad you enjoyed DynamicS! Tickled pink you stopped by and let us know with a comment. We'll head your way to dance in a dream :)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This is the most wonderful tribute ever paid to White Summer over all these years. You really got it. You understood why all those people were there to hear a band that has not been extant for 18 years. I love you for writing this. Thank you.


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America Author

It was my true pleasure to be able to be part of those wonderful feelings so deep in folks - so much a part of them James. Thank you for this appreciation and for your new hub with your beginning work: http://hubpages.com/entertainment/My-First-Album-o... and for you. Your legacy will live on dear Sir - with good reason. Very sincerely, your friend, Sylvia


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GeneriqueMedia 6 years ago from Earth

Hey Syl!

K@ri and I were just talking about James and a hub I commented on earlier today....and she had to show me this! I bet it was an awesome time! I love the songs the set list contains in, and I especially love the track I've playing that is there's via youtube.

B E A U T I F U L.

Glad you could make it there and interview them!


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SEM Pro 6 years ago from North America Author

It was indeed an awesome time Lexi! Wish you and K@ri could have been there too. Jimmy still plays regularly in Florida, and I haven't given up on having a whole gang of us hubbers heading in that direction for another blast. Closer to you, there was talk of a possible reunion in Arizona. Think James has been busy full-time re-directing his amazing talents in writing here on hp though. Glad you enjoyed this interview and their track on YouTube... We have a legend in our midst and, I have no doubt, one day you too will be in the same category :)


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GeneriqueMedia 6 years ago from Earth

Thanks Syl..you know how to make me blush. ;)

I'll be on the look out for the reunion in AZ. I may be, though K@ri definitely will be going to FL soon. But not under the best circumstances...


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SEM Pro 6 years ago from North America Author

Might improve the mood to be able to meet with James and Jimmy for a fun night in Florida! I'm sure James would love to meet her too. Their live performance seems to erase many years :) That you blush Lexi, shows your humility - a definite "advanced" awareness level that in itself, is a key attraction. Couple that with your wonderful creative talent and I know your circle of influence is destined to be huge - even without trying :) Hack Retis - bring it on!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

The next White Summer Reunion Concert will be Friday, November 25, 2011, at this same venue: Czars in St Joseph, Michigan. :D


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SEM Pro 5 years ago from North America Author

How cool is that James! Thank you so much for letting us know :) I'm sure it will be as fabulous a time as this was!


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago

I had forgotten what a brilliant writer you were until I came back to re-read this tonight. Thank you for this wonderful article about my band. We did our best show ever June 1st (2013) back up in Michigan. Now, there may be a documentary in the works.


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SEM Pro 3 years ago from North America Author

Sorry to have missed that reunion James. A documentary would be wonderful!!! So much to share that others will cherish. Who will be writing it? And... thank you for the compliment. Coming from a brilliant writer I admire so tremendously, I am honored :)

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