Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The King of All Guitars

After years of searching for the perfect Les Paul Guitar. . . . and I truly mean YEARS, I finally found mine in Houston, TX.

I have been wanting, looking, lusting and searching since 1969 for this beauty and now she is MINE all MINE!!

It's a 1958 Historic Les Paul and it may be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen besides my smokin' hot wife. . . .when I hold either of them, I get chills up and down my spine!!

Here she is. . . .



 
And here is a bear in my office trying to steal my joy. . . . .but alas, the bear is STUFFED!!


 
 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Stars and Bars




What an incredibly cool guitar............I think I'm in love all over again!!

Chicks dig it and boys just want to touch it!!

THIS TOOL KILLS HATE!!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Babies and Easter


We did the obligatory Family Reunion (in-laws and out-laws) this past Saturday for Easter and I took my grand-youngun's!!

A good time was had by all - even though Drew kept punching old men in the nuts for some reason!?

The food was plentiful, the relatives all behaved (thanks to copious amounts of Jack Daniels and coke) and it was a fine event.

I'm so sorry to myself for not posting here - the BLOG was a great idea to store stuff for future perusal - but it seems that facebook took that part of life over.

I'll still check in here every so often so I will be able to retain what I have but I'm pretty sure the days of laying my life out for myself and posting my thoughts are simply part of the "old world"

Either way, if you're here - thanks for checking in..........if you're not, I'll bet you're on facebook too!!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a LOT like Christmas!!

Another year bites the dust..........another holiday season and more life under the bridge!!

I know blogs are so passe' these days, but I surely used to enjoy this and every once in a while I'll pop back here just to keep it active. 

In 10 years, I want to be able to come back here and read where I was "back then".

For me, life gets better and better the older I get.........and I think that's how it's supposed to be.

I love more fiercely, I believe more fervently and I live more actively. 

I hope you do too!!

Merry Christmas World. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

About A Girl


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

May Day

As the first of May rolls around yet again.........therefore it must be time for my birthday!!

It drives my beautiful wife bonkers that I "attempt" to celebrate my birthday all month long but I still do it!!  I believe exactly what my beloved grandmother told me when she said, "you are special". 

It is my firm belief that the normal rules do not apply to me and therefore I get to have an entire month in which to celebrate my birthday!!

Of course, since this is birthday 51, the won't be as much celebration as normal.  It's hell getting old!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Mardi Gras!!

May the God of All be merciful on you and yours on this culmination of Celebrations known as Mardi Gras. 

Furthermore, may your Lent be especially pentitive!!

Monday, December 05, 2011

WOW.....



USM WINS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP!!

Absolutely amazing.....USM beats undefeated Houston (ranked #6) 49 - 28 in the Conference USA Championship.

Now most of you know that I don't give a rat's ass about football these days - just grew out of it, I guess. Or maybe I just got too used to living with the mediocre football we've been playing since the "hay-day" when I was in school from 1979-1983.

But the football team we had this year was simply amazing in so many respects.

The one respect that we were not amazing in was the one that counts....how in the HELL DO WE LOSE TO MARSHALL AND UAB with a team that could do what it did this past weekend?

I know it's a long season and it's hard to get up for each game.....and I'll even forgive the Marshall defeat since it was only the second game and was truly before we hit our stride and we all realized that we have something special this year.

But the UAB loss quite frankly just puzzles me. They should not have even been on the field with us and we got beat in every facet of the game. Then we come back the next week and destroy poor, hapless Memphis.

I can truly say that I did not expect to win against Houston. The same Houston that was averaging almost 53 points a game. The Houston that was going to pull our shittly little conference out of the bottom and get us some decent press for the first time in a LONG TIME.

And yet there we were, not only winning......but kicking their ass!!

WOW.

It was truly remarkable.

And I'm very sad that we don't get to go play in the Liberty Bowl this year. It's a shame that the Liberty Bowl will take the 9th place SEC team instead of the conference champion that is ranked.

But that's the problem with being a Mickey Mouse school in a Mickey Mouse conference.

None-the-less I am very proud of our football team and I certainly hope they have a great time in Hawaii at the Aloha Bowl. Them and the 200 or so USM fans that will surely make the trip!!

Aloha.....

Friday, December 02, 2011

Anybody Out There......

December 2011.......already.

Wow.

What once was a very prolific outlet for my psychic (or psychotic!) energy has become almost an after-thought!

What once allowed me to empty my soul has been taken over by facebook, twitter, etc.

What a long strange trip it's been these past few years.

The economy still in shambles. The death bell tolling on our civilization?

Who knows.

What I do know is that at some point in the future, it surely will be fun to look back on this and see what I thought "back in the day"!!

So remind me to post something once a month or so!!!

Peace.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Keith "Tex" Kennedy - Hall of Famer!!



September 16, 2011………..a day that will live in infamy! (or at least a day that I will remember for the rest of my life.)

That was the day that I, Keith Kennedy, Old Guy, Swimmer, was inducted into the USM Sports Hall of Fame.

It was quite a surreal moment for me.

Yes, I was a great swimmer………but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away!!

And honestly, I used to “define” myself by my swimming………that’s what I was – A SWIMMER – and that is what I thought of myself as. But it’s been 10 years since I was in the water and competed. So those type thoughts are no longer part of my lexicon.

My induction class was quite illustrious:

Myself – Swimming 1980 - 1984
Angela Atterberry (Jackson) – Basketball 1997-2000
Darrin Chancellor – Basketball – 1987-1991
Joe Dawson – Basketball – 1978-1982
Chris Logan – Baseball – 1990-1994
Todd Pinkston – Football – 1996 – 1999 (All Pro – Philadelphia Eagles)
Patrick Surtain – Football 1994 – 1997 (All Pro – Miami Dolphins)
Adalius Thomas – Football 1996 – 1999 (All Pro – Baltimore Ravens/New England Patiriots)
Jerry Taylor – Football 1954 – 1956 (Alumni Committee Inductee)

The induction ceremony was quite fun!! I had 57 people come for me which I was told was the largest crowd ever for a single athlete. I would say something like I’m special and have a lot of friends………but the truth is, I’m special and have a lot of friends!! No, really, I communicate well and talked several of my friends into coming to a very large party and because it was a great party………….and so they came!!

It was quite an honor to be inducted – and as I said earlier, it was a bit surreal for me. Especially since there were so many famous professional football players going into the Hall in my class. It was quite a pleasure meeting them.

My most favorite part of it was the pride I saw on my children’s faces and in their actions. My son was actually quite giddy about the whole thing and not only made several posts about it on facebook, he ran around with his camera and his beautiful girlfriend and got his picture made with all those All Pro NFL players as if he were 12 years old. And I thought that was precious!!

My athletic accomplishments were obviously long before my children were born and therefore they really had no inkling of my achievements…………..but due to this ceremony and the very nice things that were said about me at the induction ceremony, they got a glimpse of it. And for that, I am extremely gratified and a bit prideful.

But don’t worry……………I am certainly very careful with the pride thing because it is absolutely one of the seven deadly sins!!

I went up in the third position due to the alphabetical nature of the induction and from the response of the crowd, I was the hit of the show. I say that because my sense of humor is such that the softball questions that my friend John Cox, the MC of the event, asked me afforded me the opportunity to use my wit to my advantage.

Plus the fact that I love public speaking…………….It has been said that Keith Kennedy with a microphone and a crowd is a very dangerous thing!!

All in all, it was quite an honor and I have a very thankful heart that I was able to share this experience with so many of my close friends.

And in addition to all that, I was dressed to the 9’s including my size 15 gangster shoes which are pictured lovingly above!!

So my thanks to all who came and especially all who voted – you all made this old man very happy!!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

25 Things I Learned In The South......

1. A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.

2. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the South.

3. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the South, plus a couple no one's seen before.

4. If it grows, it'll stick ya. If it crawls, it'll bite cha.

5. Onced and Twiced are words.

6. It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy!

7. Jawl-P? means, Did you all go to the bathroom?

8. People actually grow,eat and like okra.

9. Fixinto is one word. It means I'm going to do that.

10. There is no such thing as lunch. There is only dinner and then there's supper.

11. Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two.

12. We do like a little tea with our sugar. It is referred to as the Wine of the South.

13. Backwards and forwards means I know everything about you.

14. The word jeet is actually a question meaning, 'Did you eat?'

15. You don't have to wear a watch, because it doesn't matter what time it is, you work until you're done or it's too dark to see.

16. You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH em.

17. Ya'll is singular.

18. All ya'll is plural.

19. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal.

20. You carry jumper cables in your car - for your OWN car.

21. You only own five spices: salt, pepper, mustard, Tabasco and ketchup.

22. The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local high school sports, the motor sports, and gossip.

23. You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.

24. You know what a hissy fit is.

25. Fried catfish is the other white meat.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Why Guitars??

I doubt anyone reads this anymore but I'll give it a whack........

I've been asked by many..........and more importantly by my wife...........why the hell are you building guitars?

I've thought a lot about that.

The quick answer is that I want too!

But beyond that, it's a desire to do something with my hands. It's a deep desire to be artistic because besides cooking amazing food (if I say so myself!) I've never really done anything "artistic" before.

Music is my first love and I've thought a lot about music in my life.

So I really decided to look academically at it and here is what I came up with:

"Imprinting" is a psychological term first introduced in the '30s by the noted German animal behavior specialist Konrad Lorenz. He found that in newly hatched geese, the first moving object that they saw was "imprinted" as a mother image. Normally this would be a mother goose.

If, however, the first animal they saw in the first few hours of life was a person, they'd follow people and identify with people for the rest of their lives. Similar phenomena held true for other species. The concept is that there are formative stages in which a lasting imprint is made. Animals can learn at many stages in life, but this learned behavior differs from imprinting, which produces permanent patterns of preference.

We tend to become imprinted with the music that was popular when we were of dating age, from age 14 up through our early 20s. Then many tend to drop out of the music scene. They acquire an expensive wife, expensive children, an expensive house and car, upward mobility and lack of free time. They can re-enter the music scene in two phases of their life. One is where their upward mobility and their job has stabilized and they have money and leisure time to once again pursue their hobbies.

We're now seeing older musicians, baby boom folk players. That's the music they liked when they were growing up, and they're taking it back up with a vengeance now. This doesn't mean that they're taking it up in exactly the same format as when they were kids. They're older, more mature, more educated, and they have more money and more stability. They're able to buy more expensive instruments and stereo systems, and they're more sophisticated.

There is a second wave of older musicians about a decade behind the first. They are rockers - the people who listened to the folk in the early '60s and the Beatles and Rolling Stones in the mid- to late-'60s and then dropped out of the scene. I expect them to follow the same re-entry pattern as the folkies. These folks are a good example of musical imprinting and the first phase of re-entry into the music scene.

What happens to people when they retire? First, they all of a sudden have a lot of leisure time, and if they've provided well for themselves they have a goodly amount of money. So one of the first things they do is to start getting into their hobbies, which are often strongly influenced by their earlier imprinting, musical or otherwise.

If these hobbies have been neglected, then they have a sudden outburst of buying, taking music lessons and getting involved in these hobbies. Five to ten years after they retire, they become less acquisitive. They already have their collections. They no longer need student instruments. Then it gets to a point where they realize they're not getting any younger, and they're getting physically weaker, they can't get around as well, their children and grandchildren aren't interested in their instruments, they are either too feeble to participate or dead and buried.

We are now faced with an interesting phenomenon in the wealthy industrialized countries in which for the first time in human history the teenage population is outnumbered by the 65-and-over population, and in which the 40-year-old age bracket is the majority of the population. The birth rate is down and the death rate is down. People live longer and reproduce slower in the same countries where guitar sales are a strong factor. The youth-oriented market is no longer the biggest segment either in numbers or in buying power.

One of the things that we see today and in the foreseeable future is that often enough it will be the second and third phases (that is to say, older people) that will sustain music manufacturers and certainly the high-priced concert promoters through the long run.

These people re-entering the market will be the ones that buy instruments in the intermediate and professional grades, whereas young people usually buy beginner grade.

The bottom line is that there is a market for good (professional grade) guitars and there are not enough good guitars around.

Thus, I build guitars!

Professional Grade Guitars......WHITE LIGHTNIN' GUITARS!!

Peace