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Box Office Concerts

April 21, 2017

Box Office Concerts (1996? – 2014).

My job at the theater was OK. It was busy before the shows started, then a long break, then we would let those first shows out and repeat the process, two or three times a shift. The in between slow times were boring, and there was nothing to do. Then I got an idea.
I asked my manager, David Kimball, if I could bring up my standard guitar and play in the box during the in between periods. The Inwood was known for being a fun place to go to, and an innovative place to work. David thought it was a great idea. Box Office Concerts were born.
I was scheduled the same two nights each week, Tuesday and Wednesday. I’d play from about 5:30-6:00 before the first rush started for the 7-8PM shows, and then play another half hour from about 8:00-8:30 before the last shows started.
Things evolved. First I just played my standard guitar. Pet Dog Guitar is a 60’s standard Silvertone bought at Sears for about $50. Then I brought an amp. I had a small practice amp, about the size of a shoe box, that fit the ticket window perfectly – pure luck. I would hook up my mike to that, put it on the mike stand, strap on my guitar, stand up, stand back, and play and sing into the single mike.
People liked it. I got lots of fun press for both me and the theater; and the pictures, a man playing guitar in a glassed in box office, looked offbeat and original. Even the three original owners of the entire theater chain praised my Box Office Concerts when they visited from California.
My favorite audiences were kids. For many of those years there was an ice cream shop or a frozen yogurt place next door, and many families would be walking by with their desserts. The young kids would hear the music and always react the same. They would see me playing, freeze with their mouths open and their eyes wide, check with their parents to see if I was dangerous, and then begin to dance to the beat! I often had two, three, or more kids running around and swinging to the music while their parents watched, or clapped.
There was one mom who often walked her daughter Phoebe in a baby carriage in the evenings. Phoebe seemed to love to hear me play. And because I did it for 15+ years, Phoebe actually grew up during that time. I saw her mother recently. She said Phoebe is now taller than her and in high school.
My favorite adult response was one I got many times and it was always the exact same wording. They would hear me first, then discover me playing, and say:

I thought you were a radio!

Photos by DAVID McGHEE

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Theater Workers fight for fair wages. (Repost

September 1, 2015

Musea Readers, For many months I’ve suggested to The Dissident Rag on facebook, that they include theater workers in their discussion of low wage workers. Today 8/31/15 they did, by reposting the blog entry below.

Thanks to them, and may it force Hollywood to be a part of the low wage debate!

Personally, I worked at the Inwood Theater in Dallas from 1990-2014. The last years it was owned by billionaire Mark Cuban. His policy was the same as all theater policies towards workers. Lowest wages, few if any full time workers – which would eliminate most benefits, etc. etc.

There is no reason for the film industry to be just about the only industry to get away with this – specially when Hollywood goes out of it’s way to brag about how many millions they made in box office every week. See link for more.

https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/what-would-be-the-biggest-upset-at-the-oscars/

Box Office David McGhee

10 Year Music Project – DONE! 3:57 7/16/14

July 18, 2014

Dear Musea Readers,

Yesterday, July 16, 2014, I finished recording my 10 year and 9 CD voice and guitar project started in the summer of 2004.

My audio engineer Nolan Brett ran the machine after holding up 3 fingers, and I finished the third and last back up vocal harmony part to my original song titled “ROLL” with the line

“OH DARLIN”…ROLL” with my hands waving in the air!

Time 3:57 PM 7/16/14.*

I _ WAS _ DONE !!!

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Today, for the first time, I counted up all the songs from the 9 different CD projects (7 done and 2 yet to release, then the total set will be released as my OUTSIDE THE BOX SET!) to see how many songs there were in total.

For all these years I never knew how many I would end up with. Basically I was recreating my song list from the 17 years of playing the Box Office Concerts at the Inwood Theater, Dallas.

I knew my first CD was 30 songs – I even titled it “30”. And I knew the last one we finished yesterday had 22. But the others varied, with usually closer to 12-15. So, I added them up (my secret aim was somewhere around 120 – 150)

Carried the so and so number …. WAIT … it’s looking to come out even….. NO!… FATE is STEPPING IN ….

FINAL TOTAL = EXACTLY 150 SONGS !!!!!

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This earlier instrumental from the set is a favorite and good for celebrating! (Grey Green Eyes)

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 22 year old zine Musea)

*The session was scheduled from 2-4 PM. Had 3 minutes to go!

 

The Good (3 of 3 music posts in a row)

November 7, 2013

This is the 3rd of 3 blog posts on current music. This one I label the Good News one. Least I can say, it’s good for me. I’ve finally gotten some national coverage for my music. In the fall issue of TEXAS MUSIC MAGAZINE, I’ve got a big, 3 x 5″, photo of me playing in the box office, by David McGhee; and a paragraph article underneath it. Check it out:

TEXAS MUSIC MAGAZINE: Fall issue 2013, #56.

Get a copy at any big news stands across the country – not just Texas it’s nationwide. (I found mine in Dallas at Barnes and Noble, though I don’t think any of their stores here have more copies.) OR you can order from their website

http://txmusic.com/site/

OR you could probably send your name, address, to them and ask them to bill you. (one year = $15). That’s what you do with the subscription postcard they include with every magazine.
Texas Music Magazine / PO Box 50273 / Austin Tx 78763-9802

Those that can get a copy, let me know what you think.

Big Changes for me at the Inwood Theater

May 16, 2013

HUNKASUARUS AND PET DOG AT THE LOUNGE.

There have been a LOT of changes at work (Inwood Theater, Dallas)  for me. Some good and some bad. Here’s some of the good : I’ll be playing and singing at the INWOOD LOUNGE tonight from 7-10PM. Hear me live.


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