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One of the new shots from the latest photo shoot is on the website now. Check it out: www.vocalunion.com
While there, figure out which show you get to come to!

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Another year of MLB in the books. For the first time in 56 years of west coast baseball, the Giants have won the pennant. My baseball year was over after the Braves lost in the first round of the playoffs. It was a good send-off for the bog #6, Bobby Cox.

Now that the NFL near or around the halfway mark, and the NBA is completing its first week in the 2010-11 season, my thoughts turn to my fantasy NBA and NFL teams.

I’m running two NFL fantasy teams and one NBA team. Only one for money, therefore, only one matters (ha!). I’m number one in the money league, but I’ve let a lead like that slip away before so I’ll have to keep you updated. That lead could’ve slipped away this week had I not faced a guy the matchup who forgot to set his roster. I’ve had two straight weeks of typically high-scoring players who have barely crossed the 5 point mark. Rough, i tell ya.

Right now I’m finishing the Colts game out of mere addiction. I switched to ESPN Fantasy this year, and the free, live FantasyCast has me glued to the computer screen with brief stints watching the actual TV screen. I say addiction because I won my matchup yesterday, but I still have Schaub and Garcon in play (neither of whom have come close to the analysts point predictions).

Life’s been hectic of late. Work’s forever unspeakable because of regulations, so let’s just say it’s been good. Now I just have to live up to the standards I’ve set myself. Church has been fun because of several leading and praise team appearances. Touring has been light of late, but we’ve added personal travel to make up for it.

This past weekend I had outdoor show in west Tennessee. The weather has been a bit strange, and to prove it, I got a sun burn in October! I drove myself out there so I could get back to the house in time to pass out candy for Halloween. I tried my best to break the speed laws, but it didn’t work. I guess it could have, but we bought a fire pit just before I left for the shows. Our neighbors have a tradition of passing the candy out from the driveways while gathered around fire pits. I love that because I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy one. When I got back to the house I had to put it together, and by the time I did that, it was too late. Karen and I lit a fire and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows together on the back porch. While Karen wishes we could have been together for the trick-or-treaters, the time she and I got to share on the back porch made the speed demonic trip home worth every mile!

This weekend we get to visit family in Indiana. My great-grandparents are celebrating 70 years of marriage together. Not many people have or will be able to enjoy something like that, so I consider myself almost as blessed as my Nina and Grandpa. I hope Karen and I live long enough to share that with our families.

Next shows will be weekend after this coming one. We’ll be in the Chicago area, so you who can come, I’d love to see ya!

Off the road for the next two weekends!  I’m pretty stoked about some good Saturday time with Karen for two straight weekends. 

Actually, it’s a bit difficult to step away from music for that long.  Thank God for Ken Young and the Fourth Avenue church, though.  Ken asked me to lead worship again while he’s in Alaska this Sunday, and next week is fourth Sunday so Karen and I will be on the praise team.  The last time I led, he was in Texas, and man it’s easy to see why he loves what he does.  He’s put something quite special together with that team and Hallal.  Karen and I will get to sing on the praise team the following week, as well.  A thirty-minute drive to church (where we’d be anyway) to do some singing is hardly a taxing task.

The last Vocal Union show nearly wiped me out.  The ironic part is that we barely sang (two 30 minute sets at Silver Dollar City).  We didn’t take the bus to Missouri because so many of us brought our families along.  From Friday night to Monday night I threw a little over 1,000 miles on the old Accord.  Love that gas mileage!  Karen’s parents and brother came with us, and we tore that town to bits.  Between the rides, the mini-golf, the TWO country fried steaks I ate, and all manner of other goods, I drove and laughed myself into a week-long weariness.  I wouldn’t change a thing! 

We’ve added a few dates to the schedule.  Of course, the Paris and Illinois dates stand, but we’ve added three shows in North Alabama–Karen’s home region.  The weekend before Thanksgiving we’ll be in Florence, Athens, and Joppa, Alabama.  Florence is Saturday and the other two are on Sunday.  Not sure what any of them are, I just know I’d love to see any of you if you can make it!

AND let me tell you just how much I’d love to see you there: I got a call this morning from one of my best friends in the world, Paul David Kennamer (PD, for short).  He needed me to do a show with them, but because of the bookings in Alabama I had to turn it down.  The kicker of the deal (here’s the bitter part) is that show he needed me for is in . . . (wait for it) . . . Bermuda.  Yes, freakin’ Bermuda.  I turned down an island gig to do a North Alabama gig, so you’d better be there!!! Ha!

 . . . to the day I return to my very first dot com.  I don’t think I could have been more excited–in a techno nerd kind of way–than I was when I saw my name in “bytes,” but alas, I left the garden untended.  Luckily there are no weeds to fix upon my return (unlike my flower bed–even though we have the best coleus in the state!).

In the time that’s passed we’ve been to Texas, the Poconos, Indiana, South Carolina, The Great Lakes, Cincy, and various other ports of call.  It’s been no small task to maintain my marriage, my business, and my music, but the busy lifestyle has been worth it!  Even as I type this I sit the lobby of a hotel in Saint Louis, MO, waiting on a zip file of the latest VU photoshoot to download.  Friday night I land at BNA and go to the house long enough to switch out for clean clothing and concert digs, and jump on the tour-bus for Raleigh, NC.

But let me tell you what I love.

I love providing for my wife (not that she really needs it, little miss Vandy), and I love being on the road singing with my friends. 

If I can find some pictures of the concert we did in the Poconos I’ll try to post a couple so you can see how beautiful it is!

Nothing much else to speak of here.  Check out vocalunion.com and stop in at a show near you!  I’d love to see you!

So much has happened since my last post here.  Not only have I barely blogged of our vacation in South Carolina, but I’ve neglected the business trip to Huntsville, Alabama, the huge benefit concert for Nashville Flood Relief, and my first VU show in Kentucky!  Whew!

This weekend, I should have more time to do all of those things while on the bus to Snyder, Texas.

If you’re able, tonight VU will be in concert at Allen Arena on Lipscomb’s campus.  Keith Lancaster is going to join us on stage for a special song, so come see the surprise!

After the show, Karen and I are heading back to Murfreesboro to the 9:15 p.m. showing of Eclipse.  I’m not a big fan of the books (they didn’t pass my 50 page rule), but the movies aren’t that bad.

Tomorrow, we’re heading to Florence, Alabama, because I have some business there.  Friday morning I have to be in town in time for a Chiropractic appointment, a business appointment, and our departure for West Texas.

On another note, last night the wife and I cooked at home for the first time in a long time.  We called one of our best friends in the world, Derek, who came down and joined us for some Angus steak burgers I grilled, and Karen’s home made spicy sweet potato fries.  It felt good to set out the citronella and watch my dogs from the back deck while the smell of the grill toyed with the neighbors.

Thanks for reading!

Just listed more upcoming appearances in the iWillbe section of this ‘blog.  Listed are new dates in KY & Ohio, and new dates in IN & OH.  If you’re near Harned, KY, this weekend, I’d love to see ya!

Take note that the second Acafest appearance has been canceled.  One is enough, and I need the time at home and work before heading to west Texas that weekend.

Also, I don’t have the exact details yet, but I do know we’ve firmed up a date in Chicago on the same weekend as the Marshall, IL, date.

Keep watching joeymustain.com and vocalunion.com for more details as they arise.  Thanks for following me!

This has turned into a three movie week so far.  We started out with Dennis Quaid in The Rookie, then moved on to an oldie, When Harry Met Sally . . ., and tonight we took care of The Hurt Locker.  It’s not often that you get to do three in a week, much less three really good ones!  No need for reviews (I don’t have that kind of savvy) so I’ll just sleep well knowing that I feel confident that you may say a friend recommended them.

We finally put our vacation woes to rest.  Yesterday we canceled our Orange Beach reservation and made a new one at North Myrtle Beach, SC.  After researching all the pros and cons of canceling, we all but wore out wondering if we should.  As it stands, would the vacation have been okay had we simply left it all alone?  Maybe.  But we just got tired of worrying about it. 

Really, after looking in to all that North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach have to offer, I’m a little more pumped about the new plans.  And it will come as no surprise that one of the highest high points (for me) will be getting to attend my first Braves minor league game as we visit the Myrtle Beach Pelicans while they take on the Potomac Nationals.  I’ve been to a heck of a lot of Minor League games, but never one for my lustrous Bravos!

Speaking (well . . . writing) of baseball, I got a new glove yesterday.  Nothing spectacular.  But it sure feels nice on my hand, not to mention that sweet pop as the heat smacks the leather!  Karen and I have been breaking it in, and I’m sure we’ll do a lot more of that in South Carolina once her brother, Brian, dons his glove.

The only scar so far has been a missed catch that left its mark on the Accord.  That always feel like a big pile of doo doo.  I played it off as best I could, but deep down I hated it.

No.  I won’t talk about the Celtics’ loss tonight.  It takes a while for me to be able to discuss these things.  Summary: I do NOT like Pau Gasol.

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