We’ve just finished up one of the most amazing months of our career. There were so many ways October was outstanding. We crisscrossed the country from coast to coast and played throughout the middle of it as well. We’ve watched summer turn to fall. As we flew home from southern California, we had a bird’s eye view of the terrible fires in that region. From the airplane, it looked like giant black cumulus clouds erupting from the earth. The blackened hills that were left behind after the fire had passed were sad to see. When we flew to Boston last week we arrived about an hour before Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park. The roads were almost deserted.
Last month, we also did a lot of songwriting workshops. It’s so exciting to be involved with the creative process in our workshops. You can see lights going on in the children’s faces and the enthusiasm is contagious. We’ve written about such diverse subjects as Halloween, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, and a wrestling match between a wrestler named Batista and a cow named Moo. It becomes more apparent every year how important it is for us to be involved with these workshops. Not only does it show students that songwriting and creative thinking are entirely within their grasp, but the constant working with the process of writing has inspired us as well. We’ve been writing a bunch of new music on our own lately.
Basketball season is just around the corner. Dana Idlet has retired from college basketball and is in the home stretch of getting her degree as an art major. Steven Idlet is in his freshman year and will be playing for the Tulsa University men’s team. The Idlets expect to be spending a lot of time in Tulsa this year rooting on the Golden Hurricane. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll get a chance to see Ezra’s 6’10” son on television dunking a basketball on someone his own size. It was a difficult thing for Ezra to deal with (being dunked on by his son) but time is healing the emotional scarring.
We are approaching Thanksgiving. This is one of our favorite times of the year. For the week of Thanksgiving, there’s a big party at Ezra’s house and friends and family from all over the country gather for jamming and re-connecting. We play Boggle, cook fancy meals and take walks. It’s a celebration. It’s also a time to think about the things that we are thankful for. Keith loves the party but is hugely thankful that it’s at Ezra’s house. Both of us are thankful for over 31 years of friendship and the fact that we’re still able to make a living performing for you.
But enough about us… Here’s a reason for you to be thankful. Trout Fishing in America is having a SALE for the people on our mailing list! That’s right! Between November 1st and December 9th, we are offering a 15% discount on all orders for Trout products (with the exception of downloads, which are cheap enough already). Insert the discount code Trout15 in step 3 of the Checkout on the website or call us toll free at 888-HEY TFIA (439-8342). If you live in Canada, you should think about ordering now so we can be sure to get your Trout stuff to you in time for the Holidays.
Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful rest of the year.
Keith and Ezra