Blues Cruise by Monica Yasher in Pittsburgh, PA

Posted on 7/24/2009 by Monica Yasher

Imagine a place where you could drink under the sun and listen to blues music all day. A blues festival day after day after day with the likes of Susan Tedeschi, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tommy Castro, and Coco Montoya. A place where you wouldn’t have to worry about driving back home ‘cause all you would have to do is stagger back to your bed; and, that feelin’ you get when you drink too much would truly be due to….Ah-it’s a blues cruise!

I talked to my psychic just last week and she told me that I would be going on a cruise. I laughed. I mean, I really don't believe these things! Then I started looking at cruises and I found the one just for moi! Could she really be right? And, just about now, all of you are asking, is Monica really all right? She talks to a psychic! I think I’m supposed to write a number one country song done by Alan Jackson too! (Ladies, remember that black and white video he had a long time ago? Wasn't he absolutely dreamy?) I better start pitching that song I have for him!

I mean, I’m trying to understand my purpose in life and live it. When you get down to it, aren’t we all? So you have to start somewhere. So why not with a cruise suggested by someone who thinks they can see into the future! Is that my purpose? To cruise through life? And, better yet, a blues cruise! Now, do you think I'm crazy? Psychics, purpose of life, blues cruise. It's amazing how life just connects the dots.

Reality sets in about here. Sadly, it looks like I’m not going anywhere this year. The 2009 cruise is booked….and the 2010 cruise is booked. So, I will head out to my backyard with my strawberry margarita and put my painted red toes in the kid’s wading pool this hot July weekend. I’ll have WYEP 91.3 on in Pittsburgh starting at 5 pm and listen to BumbleBee Slim’s blues program all night long. BTW-internet accessible!

Then, I’ll close my eyes and pretend. Pretend I never talked to a physic. Pretend that I’m on a big cruise ship. I’ll pretend that I am part of the pro jam bands. I’ll pretend that I got really excited when the secret guests were announced. I’ll pretend that I am there to see the artist spotlights. I’ll pretend that I am at Mardi gras on pretend night! I think pretend night could get me in trouble…but.... I won’t go there.

You know maybe it is a good thing both of these cruises are booked solid. Maybe I’m meant to get a whole bunch more interviews under my belt and be invited as an industry panel member discussing all the neat blues people I have met-next year. I love pretending! (Really guys-I've interviewed NRPS and Jace Everett! I have commitments for interviews from GE Smith, Shannon Curfman, and Chris Smither in the next month! Not bad for doing this for only 3 months!)

And, the sites on a blues cruise. The islands. The shopping. I went to the Caribbean on my honeymoon, which was 22 years ago. I can tell you that the water is really blue. It isn’t like the Atlantic here in the North-brown or gray. It is a beautiful blue. I hope I get to see that again in my life. Blue water with blues music. It just sounds sooooo right, huh?

Surely physics are correct, right? Can someone make this happen? Do you think I could really go? Do you know my birthday is in January? That January 2010 trip would be a great present! So, as Susan Tedeschi says, somebody, anybody pleeeeassssse Wait for Me! I have to go now. The kids are screamin’ they want the pool. Or, should I pretend that I just don’t hear them and crank up the volume on my radio dial! Oh, Wait for Me!

Copyright © 2009 Copyright Monica L. Yasher. All Rights Reserved.

American Blues News Staff

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Mon: Memphis Correspondent - Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
Nighthawk is our resident globetrotter and man behind the scenes, as he tours with the Reba Russell Band.

Tues: New York Correspondent - J. Blake
Blake is the American Blues News review and interview guru. You may catch him out and about in NY playing the blues.

Wed: National Correspondent - Monica Yasher
Monica is our executive director and artist interview specialist. You can catch Monica singing the blues around Pittsburgh or working on some country music songs in Nashville.

Thurs: Washington, DC Correspondent - Virginiabluesman
Geraldo offers inteviews and reviews. You may have seen him at an Ana Popovic concert or conversed with him on her websites, as he offers administrative support with her music.

Fri: Northeast Photographer - Nelson Onofre
Nelson offers a Friday column of blues photography and pictorial support for the interviews covered by the team.

Jim Stick in Colorado
Jim will be focusing on the Blues Festivals in the beautiful state of Colorado, and the artists that live and visit there.

Maureen Elizabeth, our resident art correspondent, will be focusing on blues art as she explores the creation of CD covers, or speaking with artists who also have a love of creating pictorial art in addition to their music! She may also feature some of her good friends in the Pittsburgh area. In her love of art, you may find Maureen's photography accompanying writer's articles on our pages. Maureen is also our marketing director.

Pittsburgh correspondent and photographer, CR Bennett, will share the Pittsburgh scene with all of you. You may also see CR's pictures accompanying other writer's articles.

We head to the big state of Texas! Abby Owen, our Texas correspondent.

Another big area to cover, the West Coast with Casey Reagan, Casey will feature many artists and events on this ocean's shores.

Lastly, we have our roving blues entertainment writer,
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