I'm usually jovial enough at gatherings to let certain rye libations behind my wheel and commandeer conversations at social gatherings -- in a rather obnoxious manner, I'm usually told -- and shanghai any topic into a "me-me-me" scenario. Unfortunately, the beers I've had now aren't enough to muster that kind of juvenile bravado. No. As it shouldn't, because it would be counter-productive to the proceedings at hand.
Let me backtrack a little bit. I've often argued at length two major understandings of the South Florida music scene: A) This is a very tightly-knit musical community, and B) often times many great outfits/moments go unrecorded. I've had the sad and dubious distinction of penning a few obituaries for some of our locals and have attended way too many funerals in my short thirty-six years than I would have cared to.
Last year we lost Dan Hosker. Not only was he a charismatic fellow and a beloved local musician, he was also deeply committed to his craft.More »