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Dear Surfer:

"Have you updated your website?" he asked me. "," I stumbled.

That was about a month ago. So I'm finally adding something new and this is it! Our new "Dear Surfer" section, letters to you. We hope you'll write us back.

Only thing is, I don’t have much to tell you about. Natalie got a new position at her company and is quite content there. We just bought a killer PA which is for rent if you’re interested. Stefanie’s mother is in Las Vegas. And, uh, that’s about it!

The other members of bn9 hopefully will write something for this section as well. I haven't asked them yet, but I have songs to write!

Ah-ha! There’s some news. At bn9’s December 20th show, which went well, thanks to a large Japanese contingent (I’ll tell you about that in a second), we debuted two new tunes. One of them, I wrote (sweet sugar honey), the other I co-wrote with Kim (we’ve written quite a few tunes together, by the way. It's called The Lucky Ones.) Always feels good to do new material. As for the Japanese thing, at Desmond’s we had a special guest. Her name is Momo and she’s a rock singer who was visiting from Tokyo. A friend of Minoru’s, he invited her to sit in with us and she performed one of her songs, much to the delight of the people who were there to see her. Momo did a little interview on a Japanese radio station and plugged her appearance as well as bn9. Thanks, Momo! It was a fun time and we can’t wait to have her back......or better yet, to visit her in Japan.

Also appearing that night was the group Witness. It was Sean's birthday (the lead singer) and he didn't have the b-day blues at all (maybe because he was only turning 22, or perhaps because his band was smoking!) He claimed that he had laryngitis, but he sounded good to me. You really should see this band. They're like early Talking Heads mixed with the Police and they are funky and extremely talented. We'll be appearing with them again January 24th at Images in Fairview. So come out and support, please, Jersey boys and girls. Greg Amici will also be on that night at 9:00 so be sure to come early. He's a talented singer/songwriter. Witness will also be returning to Desmond's with us on January 16th.

About this website: we have a discussion forum. I’ve posted all kinds of topics there and no one has posted back - ever! I mean, I had some really juicy and interesting stuff on my mind to share with the world. But no one wanted to discuss. No one. Not one person. Except JoAnn, but she’s in the band. I guess that still counts. It could be fun, you know.

I have no plans for New Year's Eve. I want to skip town. But if I stay, I'll be heading to Desmond's. It's only 25 bucks, open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Our good friends Flatlanders will be appearing that night. If you like bluesy roots rock, come party at Desmond's New Year's Eve.

Finally, about bn9’s CD. Here is the scoop: We started, we ran out of money, we stopped. We got everything down for the song “Just Like A Lullaby” and began production of “Cog in a Wheel” and “Make Believe” and I think one other song, but I forget. Rikk and Gary at CDT Productions have been so supportive and fun to work with. So at this point, we’re rolling pennies. I know I said that we just bought a PA. We did - but you can use credit cards for that and the point of the PA was so that we can play any time, anywhere and hopefully make money back so we can get that CD out to you which we’ve been promising to do. At least 2 people ask for a CD at every show we’ve ever done. We’re working on it. We promise. We will find the funds and we will not give up, so keep visiting our website and keep your eyes open for our CD to be released in 1998!!




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