The Man Has Pipes!

I have a very good, talented, friend in Vegas, Les Kincaid (, who excels in many ways, especially in wines and entertainment. His weekly, “Wines Du Jour”, is broadcast on CRN, internet radio. I worked with Les in his early days of the show. I met headliners on the strip every week and enjoyed superb meals. I could drop a plethora of names, but the one that sticks out most is Grant Griffin. Like many who are too good, Grant has ‘pipes’. I’ve had success vocalizing, but never in his league. One night I joined him and his lady at a popular “sing along” in a major casino on the strip. I had always wanted to attend, but never did. This particular night Grant was drawing a crowd and had never been in better voice. I had never shared my singing experience with him, but after a number of solid songs, I burst forth with “Almost Like Being in Love”.  The ‘talented’ accompanist simply sat and looked at me, threw up his hands and said, “I don’t know that one”???  After a few measures I stopped to devastating silence. All I could do was grin and bear it. Grant was kind enough to suggest, “Want to try another?”, to which I simply shook my head. He continued to perform. As we all gathered at a table for drinks, I said to the accompanist, “Put me in my place, didn’t you?” He smiled, patting me on the arm and said, “That’s the way we do it here.”  Vegas and Houston are ‘closed shops’, donchaknow. You gotta know someone who knows someone to be accepted, regardless of ability or desire. Rest assured I never ‘burst forth’ like that again…until just recently, but that’s another story, donchaknow. But, I can take it, since I’m Too Anointed to be disappointed and Too Blessed to be depressed, Really! Praise GOD for all HIS lessons!  And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.   AMEN

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