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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I May 13, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com Music takes you places even if the band goes nowhere My first band was called the Royal Diamonds. It was made up of me, my two cousins, Mike and Scott, and my sister, Jenny, when we were all younger than 10. We didn&apos;t know how to play any instruments at the time, but we had a concept. We made leather headbands studded with faux diamonds and drew concert posters featuring personified diamonds playing guitars, drums and keytars. After we never came up with any Brad songs or did anything except dream Devereaux about the possibilities of the band, the A Flock of Words band broke up. Or it just ceased to be. Either way, the Royal Diamonds were no more. A little later in life, we began to take music lessons. I started playing guitar, my cousin Mike took up drums and Scott got into the keyboard. My friend Dan played bass and his brother, Andy, played drums and we all started jamming together a lot. By jamming, I meant we played the one song we had written over and over and over and over again. We usu- ally played that 3-minute song for three hours at a time. Keep in mind, this was when I was a true beginner, and [ played chords with my index finger barred across all the strings, 'moving up and down the neck for different chords. It wouldn't sound quite right to a trained ear, but at least it was a sound. The group went through more band names than the amount of songs we learned. We were called Ephalunt, Scud and Sleeve, before settling on Sludge Monkies. Needless to say, the Sludge Monkies never made it out of the basement, but the musicians stayed in touch and contin- ued to play together in the coming years. It was in my sophomore year in college that I started picking up my guitar more often. I met another guitar play- er, Josh, who revitalized my interest in music. We played for countlessh0urs i n the ]obbY of 6urdorm room, writing our own songs or playing a bunch of acoustic songs. It was here in the trenches we learned many hard lessons of improvisa- tion and writing music. After a few semesters in the dorms, my roommate, Dan, and I were feeling a little cramped. Josh was also interested in finding a new place to live, and a bass-player friend we had met just days before, Jake, was also game. We started to look around a little and the catalyst for us actually get- ting a house was when another guy in our dorm, Steve, bit a girl while at a party in the dorm. While I don't support biting, Steve swears it was all in good fun. Steve was kicked out of the dorms and needed a place to stay. Another friend, Alex, who loved playing Chinese board games, rounded out the crew of housemates. Once we all moved in together, we started to play mu- sic during any downtime we had. We learned a lot of cover songs and wrote a few of our own, eventually landing a free gig to play at the WMU girls rugby team end-of-the-year bash at Kraftbrau Brewery in Kalamazoo. We prepared endlessly and put on a great performance, complete with 20-minute space jams, guitar shredding, a few mishaps and a lot of fun. We didn't get paid, but we'll always remember that night. We played the next year at the Rugby bash also. We never had a name because we couldn't agree on one, so we were just called the Rugby Band by most people. We even wrote a custom song for the team and played it during the two performances. After a few friends graduated, Josh and I hit the local music store looking for fliers of other musicians and bands to play with. We answered one add for experimental music and met a group of guys at their practice house in the next town over. At the time, Josh was playing drums, and we joined an- other drummer, guitar player, bass player, and keyboard play- er, with me also playing guitar. We practiced a lot and start- ed to get in-sync with each other as we developed our own songs and covers of a variety of bands including the Grateful Dead, John Lennon and Tears for Fears. When we finally booked our first gig, we settled on a ri- diculous name, the Forest Willow Lords. Our first gig was also our last, as the school year ended and soon after I moved to Wyoming to get a real job. Music has always been a big part of my life and it contin- ues to be. I haven't had as much time to dedicate to being in a band in Lovell, but I have had a chance to play with some impressive musicians around here. It is always a good time. Throughout my musical life, I took several hiatuses, only to pick my guitar back up and play with more enthusiasm than before. I guess it's my way of avoiding burnout of some- thing I love so much. While I haven't "made it big" in the music world, the skills I have learned and the memories, both comical and momen- tous, will last for life. I still feel good when I pick up my gui- tar to play and that is something I hope will never disappear. SURE IS QUIET IN THERE FOR A SLUMBER PARTY-NOT EVEN ONE WORD OF GIRL TALl<... GIRLS DON'T TALl(, ANYMORE, THEY OHLYTEXT! Letter to the editor New Arizona law is racist Dear Editor, Like most people I was enraged by the article on Arizona by Diane Badget, because Arizona isn't only enforcing a law that's been around forever, they're actually acting ille- gally by violating the civil rights of real American citizens. The govern- ment has a sick sense of humor by only allowing those who look like legal citizens to be unaffected by this law and that's exactly what's happening. I thought this was America, where every citizen is equal and our diverse cultures and heritages are what make us a great nation. This law makes it so police harass- ment goes unnoticed, deeming it acceptable to discriminate against one race. I don't know about you, but to me racial discriminating is appalling. I am of Mexican American de- scent, and can see both points of view. Yours, just like Governor Brewer's is revolting, and illegal. The government can implement other measures that don't include racism. I mean what decade are we living in? Every citizen has the right to be free, not harassed or discriminated against because of something they should be proud of. No one should have to live in fear of society trying to take away their freedom. Illegals are a prob- lem, but this doesn't just affect them, because next time who is to know what loophole the govern- ment will find to get around our civil rights. It is you, Mrs. Badget, who doesn't know the impact that this law will have on not only the adult community, but on our youth, as well. What are we showing our children? It's OK to be racist? Well it's not, and if you think it is you should go back to the Stone Age where you belong. No whole race should be pun- ished for the actions of a few bad men and how do you know what in- tentions illegals have? How many do you know? This topic hits home with me, because I have family in Arizona. Before stating your opinion you should have the facts, state all points of views and try not to be so narrow minded. A quick look at water Water is the essence of life, whether you are consuming it or flushing it. A typi- cal adult will use up to 100 gallons of wa- ter a day. A family of four will use over 30,000 gallons of water flushing the toi- let yearly. The yard around our home is a big user of water. A typical 5,000-square- foot lawn in our area will use more than 100,000 gallons of water per season to maintain the grass. Water is extremely important to the well being of livestock. One will need to provide six to 20 gallons of water per cow per day depending on how hot the weather is. Sheep need one to two gallons per day and chickens just under a gallon a day. One of the big improvements I have seen in the South Big Horn Basin in the last 10 year has been the rural water work projects. Expensive as it has been, it has improved the well being of those living in the farm communities tremendously. I've drunk many a glass of water from the wells around the area, and it was nothing to write home about. High sulfates, salts and other particulates in the water were hard to swallow. As a kid growing up in Hidden Valley out of Riv- erton, I used to let the natural gas bubbles evapo- rate out of the glass before drinking it. I drank alkali water out of the well at sheep camp in the Muskrat Creek Country south of Shoshoni that would give anyone the Tijuana Trots. Ah, those were the days. Anyway, the water from rural water projects tastes just dandy compared to what you could pump out of 90 percent of the wells in the area. What price can you put on health? Just the higher salt content of many of those wells compared to the artesian wa- ter is surely improving blood pressure reading con- siderably down on the farm. Jim Gill Ag Chat The Wyoming Seed Certification Pro- gram is administered by the University of Wyoming. The coordinator for the pro- gram is Mike Moore. His office is locat- ed in Powell at the Powell Research and Extension Center. He can be reached at 307-754-9815 or by e-mail at mdmoore@ uwyo.edu. He works closely with the Wy- oming Crop Improvement Association. Mike Foreman of Powell is the current president. The WCIA is an organization of seed growers with a common interest in the Wyoming seed industry. Certified seed may be sold bagged or bulk. Bagged seed must be packaged in new containers and have an official certified tag at- tached to each bag. Certified seed sold in bulk must be accompanied by a bulk sales certificate complet- ed and signed by the grower. There are four classes of seeds or propagating materials recognized in the Wyoming Seed Certification Program: breeder, foun- dation, registered and certified. Breeder seed is the original propagating material used to increase the genetic material for foundation seed. Foundation seed is propagated as the source of registered and/ or certified seed. Registered seed is the parent stock for the production of certified seed. Certified seed is the planting stock recommended for commercial pro- duction. Obviously, the program is needed to maintain the genetic purity and integrity of a given seed source. It also sets standards by which seed will be graded for things like the presence and amount of weed seeds, foreign material, etc. Wyoming has a great program. If you are interested in growing cer- tified seed, I would encourage you to contact Mike for more information. 2010 ME0000BER 2009 AWARD-WINNING NEWSPAPER Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Lovell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E, Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 (307) 548-2217 Published every Thursday Periodical postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming Editor and Publisher: David Peck SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Big Horn and Park Counties $25 In Wyoming $35 Outside 00oming .Single copy 75