Storytime: Songwriting Apples Unite!

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Ok, so if you know Teleguy Steve and Ghostwriter John at all, you probably know that we write and perform our own music. You may also know that we run a songwriting blog (http://songwritingapples.wordpress.com/). AND, you may also know that Steve has a new CD out called We Will All Be Lifted. Get it.

What you may NOT know, is that Steve has traveled to Michigan and John had mercy on him and took his stray butt in for a couple days. I met Steve at the airport Friday at 11:30am and it was GAME ON! Here’s how it went…

Steven Wesley Guiles and John Natiw

Steven Wesley Guiles and John Natiw

11:30am – John picks up Steve from the airport. Conversation ensues.
1:00pm – Arrival at the JTV television studios for an in-studio live performance. John’s duo partner, Rochelle, also arrives.
1:15pm – Steve breaks his E string. John buys some bottled water and a muffin.
1:25pm – John breaks his E string right as he utters the words “I hope I don’t break a str…SNAP”
1:45pm – Steve rocks it out on the Bart Hawley show. John and Rochelle applaud wildly.
1:55pm – John and Rochelle pwn on the Bart Hawley show. Steve applauds wildly.
2:15pm – The three music warriors walk down the street to check out the venue for the evening. Get distracted by the sign for “turtle races” at the Crazy Cowboy next door. The trio begin to entertain the thought of checking out said “turtle races” after their show, but then decide that they would probably need to be a six-pack in to really “get” turtle racing.

Steven Wesley Guiles, Rochelle Clark, John Natiw and James Humphries

Steven Wesley Guiles, Rochelle Clark, John Natiw and James Humphries

3:00pm – John and Steve say goodbye to Rochelle for the moment and drive back to John’s place. They begin to write a song called “Zombies Taste Like Chicken” as they drive.
3:30pm – Lunch. Subway. Don’t tell me I don’t know how to entertain a guest.
5:00pm – Load up the sound equipment. Begin the drive out to Jackson for the evening’s show.
5:15pm – Explain to Steve that we really don’t have any traffic here in Michigan.
5:16pm – Spend the next 30 minutes stuck in construction traffic.
6:30pm – Arrive at the venue. Unload the equipment. Steve takes all the light stuff because he has only gotten up to level 2 on Wii Fit.
6:55pm – Steve realizes he forgot all his CD’s. John graciously calls his daughter, who has not left for the show yet and has NOT YET MET STEVE. John hands the phone to Steve and he asks her to go through his luggage (underwear and all) to retrieve said CD’s.
7:05pm – Steve begins his amazing one hour set. Plays many tunes off the new CD, but also a few from Pushstart Wagon. The crowd goes wild.
7:15pm – Steve, knowing that the CD’s have not arrived yet, begins to try to sell the ONE COPY he has with him for $50. No takers.
7:55pm – John is asked to join Steve on stage. The two appleheads play together on stage for the very first time.
8:15pm – John and Rochelle begin their two hour set. They are joined off and on by harmonica man James Humphries and also Steve.
8:30pm – Lindsay arrives with the CD’s. After an awkward moment between Lindsay and him, Steve wisely lowers the price of his CD’s back to $10.
9:45pm – John and Rochelle with their usual song, When We’re Gone, Long Gone (Keiran Kane cover) and turn the stage over to Steve again to take us home. He does an amazing little medley of tunes, ending with Bridge Over Troubled Water.
10:00pm – Show. OVER. Socializing. Steve selling merch. Autographing CD’s.
10:30pm – Load up the equipment. Steve takes the light stuff again. Fortunately, Rochelle has a huge friend named Rick there. He shleps some heavy stuff.
11:00pm – Goodbye’s. Steve and John drive back to John’s place.
12:00pm – Hungry. Wendy’s.
12:30am – Man-Cave. Steve and John chat about recording whilst listening to various songs.
1:00am – Bed. Steve has been up for over 24 hours.
7:45am – John rousts Steve. Out the door in 30.
8:15am – OJ, muffin and bagel at the gas station.
9:00am – John drops Steve at his next destination. They are both sad there is not more time to spend together, but agree that John will be coming to San Dimas in the very near future. They also agree to finish collaborating on “Zombies Taste Like Chicken” because that baby is gonna be a HIT!

Thanks to the Orchard for making this an amazing 24 hours.
Out.
John