Archive for August, 2011

Googling Apple?

Posted: August 29, 2011 in 21st Century, Rock n Roll

A Google search for Sparkling Apple will return these results.

Sparkling Apple (the band) is now the top hit when you enter the name in a Google search. Shortly after our website was created, doing a Google search for Sparkling Apple would find only soft drink companies in Washington state or California. Thanks to the continued website visits by our followers, however, we are now immediately found on the Internet, either at the Official Sparkling Apple Web Site or on Sam’s VERY comprehensive Pacific Northwest Bands website. Keep on rockin’!

By the way, our upcoming CD is still in the works. Unfortunately, we have experienced a couple of technical difficulties with our studio, which has regrettably set us behind somewhat. However, we are still on track and will be messing with your auditory nerves in due time.

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Buzz Constantly (Ric Whitman), at home in Victoria, August 2011. Photo by Thomas Whitman

As I said in a previous blog entry, Buzz has finally been located living in Victoria BC, and yesterday I rode the boat (no, not “rowed the boat”!) over to Vancouver Island to visit. While I was on the ferry, his son Thomas iPhoned me to let me know that Buzz/Ric had just started a new job house painting. Although he most likely wouldn’t be off work until midday, I was more than welcome to hang out at Thomas’s house, which he shared with his mom, Jenny (Jenny I fondly remembered from 30 years ago, and who really hadn’t changed all that much except for some wrinkles which most of us have also accumulated — she is still a laugh & a half!). This I did, and spent a delightful afternoon drinking beer and sampling herb superb. Ric finally got off work and arranged to meet Thomas & me for a Chinese buffet at Raymond’s in Saanich.

I hadn’t seen Ric in about ten years. The last time I visited him in another part of Victoria, I had just bought a 2001 PT Cruiser — ten years later, I still drive it, and of course he still lives in Victoria. It was fantastic to hang out with him once again, and as Leslie remarked on Facebook, he had aged well. He’s now 60 (like me and Art), but as far as I could tell, it was the “same old Buzz”. As could be expected, we reminisced about old times playing together in Sparkling Apple, and how the music scene had changed dramatically since then. He loves the blues, classic rock (a la Paul Rodgers, Robin Trower and Jeff Beck), and really loved Amy Winehouse’s vocal style.

I told him about our Sparkling Apple Greatest Hits project, and he was excited about it. To this end, Kevin has written a song for which Ric intends to write lyrics, and later contribute lead vocals. I sincerely hope this transpires.

We later drove over to Ric’s funky old house in Saanich, with a huge garden that evoked shabby gentility of a bygone age. (Whoa, how’s that for prose?) After shooting the breeze for a while longer, it was unfortunately time for me to catch the last ferry home (prior commitments wouldn’t allow me to stay overnight). I bid my rediscovered friends happy trails, and hopefully it won’t be another ten years until I see them again.

Postscript: Thomas has supplied Ric with a laptop computer, so once he’s set up with email and a Facebook account, we may well be joined by Buzz Constantly in the 21st Century!

Thomas Whitman and his dad, Ric Whitman. Photo by Colin Hartridge

Buzz Constantly and Captain Maniac 2011. Photo by Thomas Whitman

Buzz Constantly and Captain Maniac 2011. Photo by Thomas Whitman