By Rick Tate
We had a large barn in the country where my Dad could work on any of the twelve vehicles when he needed. He was a great farmer, plumber, and mechanic because he had to be.
I remember on a few occasions my Dad would need assistance from a young boy while he worked on different cars, trucks, or tractors to pump the brakes, adjust the timing belt, or find a lost nut or wrench. He had this unusual ability to listen to a motor and know what sound was missing or what extra sound was there that did not belong, he just knew.
At our open mics, several of our members have an incredible experience. They know which string is out of tune when someone plays their guitar. They know which voice needs more highs, lows, or mids for better sound. They know if it is part of the room noise or the equipment. They can hear things most performers cannot hear. They just know.
Last week I had a rare day off. I sat on my front porch drinking my morning cup of coffee, taking in the beautiful morning. Suddenly, I noticed all of the sounds drifting in and out of my hearing range. I recognized the different bird songs singing, the lawnmower in the distance, and ever so lightly, a marching band practicing, especially the drums.
Then the breeze started blowing and more and different sounds flooded my hearing, neighbors laughing, a dog barking, a helicopter approaching, cars on the hi-way, even a train miles away. All these sounds were always there but seldom noticed by an untrained ear in our busy life. Unless you have a trained ear and can focus, sounds become insignificant.
Now I can recognize the song the marching band is playing: Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah Hey Hey Hey Good Bye….I hear birds that I haven’t heard in a long time, now a Woodpecker. Well, my coffee is getting cold, time to get going. Have a great day enjoying whichever sounds you choose.
Rick Tate - President FWSA
FWSA Annual Member Picnic
This is an opportunity for member's families to come together to fellowship.
➡ FOOD & DRINK: (Not Provided) bring what you want, if you want to grill, bring take out, whatever you are on your own.
➡ MUSIC: Open Mic Style setup at a 300-seat amphitheater for outdoor concerts and events.
➡ THE PARK: Among the amenities are: two custom playgrounds; a large covered corporate pavilion; three covered picnic areas with tables; two lighted full basketball courts; a sand volleyball court; seven picnic tables with grills. There is also a 12-foot wide concrete trail with connections to Pleasant Ridge Drive, Historic Downtown Mansfield and Katherine Rose Memorial Park; more than a half mile of concrete walking trails; soft surface trails; wildflower nature areas; two horseshoe pits and restroom facilities. The Park Website: https://www.mansfieldtexas.gov/facility/town-park
FWSA Monday Night Open Mic
All songwriters and performers of original music are welcome. No covers. Every 1st and 3rd Monday Night (excluding holidays). 6:30-9:30 PM (Sign up from 6:30pm -8:30pm) Non-smoking and family friendly event.