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For Hanging Birds

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So many people who come to the theater comment about the hanging sculpture of the seven white doves. The next time you come, you’ll know the rest of the story. Originally, it was going to be a sculpture of a golden angel blowing a trumpet, but about the time we were building the theater, the new Mormon church was being completed in Lubbock, and guess what they put on top. We didn’t want to be copying the Mormons, so it became…

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The Polk Brothers Ride Again!

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I’m rehearsing my songs at home today, getting ready for our opening performance of Peter the Rock coming in just a couple of weeks. Which means all the neighbors keep looking out their front doors to see what’s going on. Ethel, did you hear another siren? The dog are all howling again.  See, there was a big house fire in our neighborhood last week, and everyone’s still a little skittish. So every time I finish practicing a song, I go…

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Beginning Our 12th Year

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In my life, a lot of significant things have occurred around the numbers 12 and 21. Now, I’ve seen people get carried away and try to come up with some kind of voodoo theology around such things. While I certainly don’t discount the fact that the Bible has a lot to say about the significance of numbers, in this case, it’s just a curiosity. Kind of a weird thing that’s happened often enough to take note of, and maybe scratch…

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Only Two Weekends Left!

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It feels like Say Nicklaus just opened, and already we’re only two weekends from the end. This is the fourth time we’ve staged this play, and while it is always an especially hard one to let go of…this time it’s going to be harder. The children in this production are just wonderful. In 2019, some of them will be too old for the parts they are playing. Maggie McDonald wanted to play Katya since we first staged Say Nicklaus in 2012….

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Thanksgiving!

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I’m a time traveler. We all are, if you think about it. Or could be. Our memory allows us to travel back to any point in our life, and look forward into the future to our life today. From that informed frame of reference, ostensibly, we can make useful observations about how we’re doing in the grand scheme of things. One of the many downsides of this very noisy and invasive world in which we all now live, is the time…

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The Rest of the Story

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We’re two weeks into the schedule for Say Nicklaus, and I’m already dreading it ending. It seems like time is a runaway train at this time of the year anyway, but with such a wonderful show going on, knowing that it’s going to be over before we can turn around, it just seems to blaze by even faster. A couple of years ago I was browsing through the local Barnes & Noble, doing a little Christmas shopping. Our gang reads…

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Texas Proud, Texas Strong

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In the merciful, but far too brief lull between of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, I got a call from Jay Hoes. Jay is a long-time teacher at South Plains College, and a true Renaissance Man…of the Texas variety. He had written a song called Texas Proud, Texas Strong, and asked me if I would be interested in recording it. All the proceeds are to go toward Hurricane Harvey relief. Jay had gathered a group of musicians, and a…

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Get Out’a That Boat…Again

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Starting a little after 5:30 this morning I was at the piano playing mostly Christmas songs for almost two hours. Well, let me clarify. I was at the keyboard in my studio with my headphones on. Robin and I are going on 43 years together, and even as immeasurably supportive as she is of my music, headphones have probably had a lot to do with keeping us together. I love to play when I first wake up. So yeah, we…

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Funny Thing…Communication

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I was up about 5:30 this morning, out on the deck having a cup of coffee, and pondering some valuable input I received this past week. It was advice about this blog. Just a side note… I sure wish that whoever came up with blog as a name for this sort of thing, had given it a little more thought. Blog…it’s just an ugly word. Like blah…as is blah blah blah. Or just plain blah, for that matter. On second…

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Elizabeth & Mary…Joyful Expectations

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We opened our 35th production at Ragtown last weekend, and it was such a joy to hear all the comments as that first audience, all smiles, made their way to the door.  The Lord gave us a special one here.  The story of Elizabeth, Zacharias, and Mary, as related in the first chapter of Luke, was just a great opportunity to do what we always attempt to do in our productions—present biblical figures as real people, allowing us to get…

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