[bct] Re: Eating Out, and Music

  • From: "Curt" <catucker24@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 19:49:18 -0600

Ronnie Melsap   is a blind country music singer and piano player who was
very famous about 25 years ago.  He played the piano for Elvis Presley's
Kentucky Rain.  Ronnie also plays some 50s tunes.
I like Olive Garden's baked Lasagna and their salad and bread is great
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Emerson" <maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, 01 November, 2005 2:47 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Eating Out, and Music

> Graham,
> You asked some questions about learning to play guitar without sight. 
> It's no problem at all; remember there are a lot of blind 
> professionals, like Doc Watson, the legendary blind singer who plays a

> lot of instruments besides guitar, and there's at least one other 
> country singer who's blind; also Jose Feliciano, the urban jazz 
> guitarist and song writer who is blind; I have friends both blind and 
> sighted who play, and I have played since college although I need to 
> get some new strings for my guitar since it's been years since I've 
> played.
> I know what you mean about difficulty going out to eat. I wish I could

> have avoided going out to some of the business lunches I got stuck 
> with; usually they were a couple hours long, and I never really knew 
> what to say; usually my group got invited as a courtesy, so we were a 
> small group among about 30 people who knew each other far better than 
> they knew us. Blindness wasn't the issue since everyone knew of my 
> blindness; the problem was I didn't know many of the people very well.

> Fortunately, my last ten years of these events were much better, 
> because it was usually just our group of a dozen or so, and as the 
> size of the department got smaller, the lunches got better because we 
> knew each other better. I plan to have my retirement luncheon at a 
> place called Olive Garden; the menus are in braille and the staff is 
> wonderful! They offer the best minestrone soup anyone could want, and 
> they have a pizza that you can choose your own toppings for; I think 
> four is the limit although they might add more. I really have a field 
> day with that, with all those olives, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, 
> tomatoes and who knows what else!
> Mary

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