Ric Patton




 Good morning. Good Blues morning to you. The sky is still blue, and I think deep water is still Blue. I woke up this morning thinking about miracles. It's going to take a miracle to build this Blues VIP group that I've had in mind. I think I have to become a Visionary again. I have to renew my vision and think through it in detail. I don't want to confuse my motions with progress. Sometimes there's lots of motion in the Blue's Room, Comment streaming up the screen really fast, songs being sang, people greeting one another, it's all fun. But is it all taking us where we  need to go?


 When I first imagined building such a group, it was for the purpose of promoting Shows and promoting concerts and festivals. That's what I have to keep in mind. It's easy to get caught up in the hype. The hype is not going to take us where we need to go, we really need to focus on events. So here I go. Become a Visionary again.


 It can be kind of scary to have a vision. especially if it's a different Vision or New Vision. technology has made it possible to reach people and places we never could before. I'm excited to be able to reach the people with the right minds and hearts to make things happen. So today I'm renewing my vision for the blues VIP Club. And I'm challenging you to renew your vision for the year 2018. And Beyond, let's renew our vision today.



Don't waste my time



Doing this log is not easy. When you were raised like me to keep your mind to yourself sometimes it's not easy to share my mind. I spent many years learning that other people's points of views are more important than my own. I learned to be a great listener. that works great and most instances. But now it seems important to me to talk. And what I want to share today is a thought for some younger people.” Don't waste your time”.  Most of the conversation that you get involved with is pointless. It's just a debate over some viewpoint. The only thing it will do is polarize you or put you into one group and them into another group. An ethical debate about what's right and what's wrong.

A pure waste of your time when you could be focused on much better things or accomplish some things for yourself.


So this day as you go through the day, try to keep focused on something that you can gain from the day. Mind your own business and do well. Don't allow your friends and co-workers to engage you in conversation that will lead you nowhere. It'll just lead them into little isolated groups of he feels this way and I feel that way. And before you know it the day is gone and no one has made it any farther along. don't waste your time.

Focus and have a great day



Like me on Freakbook


 I started on Facebook when it first came out. a girl that was working for me help me to set up my account. She actually set me up two or three accounts. One day she had to leave me and she turned the accounts over to me. She said,”Here are your passwords and all your usernames you got 3,000 people here and then she left. That was a biggest bunch of b******* I've ever had to figure out I actually spent time trying to figure out how Facebook worked but I was never able to get it. It seem confusing to me. I could see the people I knew but sometimes I didn't know if it was actually them talking to me. Sometimes my account would be taken over by  spam or a robot. It was always some shit on FB. so I eventually left Facebook alone. sometimes I would use it for promoting a show or to it promote a local event but that was it.


When I started using periscope it was simpler for me. All I had to do was scope and keep the interaction with my people. that's what it was all about anyway interacting with my fans. So I started doing it often on periscope. Finally as my Periscope Community begin to grow it became necessity of a newsletter or a organized group, some way to communicate deeper with my fans and that's when Kilo came into the picture. Mr. Kilo had be a VIP and a fan of mine for a while. He comes into the room often, and he's very active in promoting and he's also a fun guy. His comments always are on point.He suggested to use Facebook group like a newsletter. I was very much against the idea in the beginning and I asked him to sell me on the idea, and he did. Apparently he has done it before. He's a businessman. And he also has a military background. He was very thorough and convincing. so I gave it a try.


Our first night we had a 13 followers to the group. and I was able to see people deeper into my fans. I think it's will become usable to for us all to interact together. I'm not interested in broadcasting live on Facebook at this time. You can already see the fun starting. VIPs coming in and greeting each other. That's what it's all about. we're getting ready now for the Blues Facebook take over.



A friend request ?



Good Blues morning. first thing this morning I was watching a replay from last night's periscope. We sang a song last night call that Lonesome Road. In the song I often sing about friends. Sometimes people sing along with me. And I wonder do they really realize what we’re singing about.


 I'm learning as the time goes by that there's nothing like a good friend to make the road of life feel a little smoother. Sometimes my friends encourage me and I encourage them. Seems like friends just lighten the load. There's nothing like the joy of sharing with my good friends. I think sometime we get so involved in ourselves that its hard to reach out and nourish a friendship with another. So I'm writing this today hoping someone might read it someday, and reach out and be a true friend to someone else, take the time to get involved. Actually cultivate a friendship with someone. Try not to get so busy that we don't have time for others. So let's take today and be friends. What do you think ?






 Good morning blues world. it's another beautiful day I woke up this morning complaining and whining. there's a lot to complain about. As I set on the side of my bed I made a decision today to not whine. I'm not going to complain at all today or whine about everything, I'm just going to create a no whine Zone.

 I thought about when I was a child how children always complain when things don't go their way.  I was a cranky child. but today I'm not going to be cranky, I'm not going to complain. If I get upset today I want to give myself a few minutes to self talk, to vent. vent in my mind not in my mouth. I'm going to move forward and do the things I've been working on without complaint. Encourage you to do the same, Come on let's go.



Shooting up the School, Wow !


 Good Blues morning. I woke up this morning thinking about the school shooting in Florida. That really hit home with me last night after missing Miss Bonnie in the Blue's Room. I started thinking about school teachers. The responsibility that they have. Most teachers spend more time with the students than the parents do. I thought about how important my teachers were to me.


 The children are our future. If the children are afraid to go to school. Then they miss part of the education. Even though they're sitting there in the class room. If their hearts are troubled and their minds are afraid. They won't pay attention in the class. there's no need of them to even go to school if they're not able to concentrate on the material. Teachers really have a big responsibility now days not only to teach the children, but also to comfort them.


 When I woke up this morning, I ask myself, what can we do. Well my children are out of school now. I have a granddaughter in school, but I'm not close enough to her to really know where she is or what school. But my heart is there with her. Not only her,but all children, all of your children, and your grandchildren. I think as a parent what I would do, and ask you to do is to pay attention to these children. By pay attention I mean lets really watch their moods. watch their interest, their association's, and most of all, let's watch what they do on the internet. I think we should be nosey and watch who their friends are. What they are reading and writing . Let's become really good friends with the children.


The PTA can be an important vehicle in helping this happen, the PTA parents and teachers can work closer together more than ever. Teachers have to signal and parents have to become involved. And if we see a troubled child,lets  understand where the trouble starts. We need to monitor the children. It's just a part of being a responsible parent or grandparent. Not only do the schools have a responsibility , but the community has that responsibility too. Lets create activities that allow the children to learn to socialize better and to share the stresses that our society puts upon them. I think that if we all work together as a community we can learn to find more peace, less hostility, anger, and less school killings.



HAppy Birtyhday to me ?


 My Dad recently turn 91 years old. people have been asking him for as long as I can remember how old he is but he always gives them an uncertain answer. He's been doing it so long till I wonder if he even knows his birthday or how old he really is. He seems to know his birthday well. But the exact age he never seems to be able to recall . So I asked him one day while he didn't know how old he was. His answer startled  me, it actually made sense to me. He said, “ if you don't think about it it's just goes by “. Since that day I never made a big deal out of my birthdays as says if I could lose track of how old I really was. I don't know if its possible but it feels good to try. So today is my birthday and I would like to lose track of the number but of course it's hard for my friends and family to let that happen. So they wish me happy birthday and the greetings come in. I've gotten greetings today from friends and family and fans all around the world. I wouldn't mind doing what my father told me and try to forget the actual number. Maybe that can happen with time


 A few days ago on periscope I asked my viewers to guess my age and if they could, I will give them a raffle ticket. I told them that it was okay, there was no need to worry about hurting my feelings, they've been hurt so many times, that it wasn't much left to hurt. Some of those age guesses that came in really made me laugh, I've been called everything thing from a 22 years old, to 135 years old And that's all fun. They all deserved a raffle ticket as far as I am concerned.


 My son is 26 years old. He was  wishing me a happy birthday this morning and teasing me, calling me old man. I told him that it seems as if I have more energy than he does, which is true, Most of the time he's acting lazy, As if he's the old man. I don't know why many young man his age are so lazy, I tried to tell him the importance of staying busy and do things but he doesn't quite seem to get it, anyway I'm glad he did wish me happy birthday. And I want to thank everyone who has gave the warm Birthday greetings. But there's much more work to be done so let's all get busy and happy birthday to you too. When is your birthday leave it in the comment below!



The Blues Room for real under construction


  Good morning, the sky is blue again. It has been raining since last night. But I know that underneath all the clouds that the sky is still blue. Still cold here in Alabama, but I guess that's normal for this time of year. been working in the old house some this morning. Got it coming along pretty good now. Finally got it clear enough to walk around inside. I got a lot of old boxes thrown away. old furniture that didn't have any more use. And clear enough to see around inside. Hopefully the raccoons and the snakes won't try to move back in this spring. I would like to open up and turn it into another blue's room soon, and do some musical things outdoors in the front yard. I know my folks would like to see that, and it gives me something to do. I wound up taking the ceiling out totally. And stripping the walls down to the bare wall. That old wood does look good. I think I'd like to leave it like that so the old wood shows.


That old house has been sitting here a long time my grandfather and grandmother built it back in the 1940’s. The lumber that is used in this house is really hard. Sometimes it's hard to even drive a nail. I'll start using it soon to periscope from there . To get out of the van for a while. the Blue's Room is under construction. Got any ideas for it ?



the sound of Rain on this old tin roof





That rain sounds good on this old tin roof. Makes me think about so many things. Like how many raindrops is that on the roof, Like time, I went back into some packed away boxes just rambling through things that were stored away. I found an old picture of my good friend Mr. David Hooks. Dave and I shared many days playing music together. He is from Selma Alabama. The picture that I found is of him playing tub at a Cajun restaurant. Dave is one of the few tub players I know. he plays with a serious look on his face and he always dressed well for the show. He grew up in a country town called Burnt Corn Alabama with his grandmother. He said his grandmother taught him how to play the tub.

 I haven't been able to sleep tonight. Thinking about lots of things, mostly about the band. Putting the band back together. Writing new songs. Always plenty to do. I'm getting better organized. Feeling pretty good about the way things are going. I'm getting ready for a road trip this weekend.