That NEW Adage

A pressure-relief valve about God, and just about everything else.

“…Arise, take up thy bed (and thy entire LIFE) and go. TO VEGAS!”

So, I live in Las Vegas now. The last place on Earth — next to Mississippi — I expected to live.

I went –er, I mean, CAME — to train the horn section of the BB King’s Club in the Mirage casino for just a month. That was hard enough… I missed my oldest son’s fourth birthday, and my baby son was only five months old.

It was a trying ordeal that wound up being extended for an extra four weeks, but we needed the money with Kathy on maternity leave with no pay, and with financial options running out and Pharaoh’s army fast approaching…!

I will color in the details later, but the rough outline is this:

The front man is a good friend and former band mate whose arrangements I helped create, so, it was a prime opportunity for me. I put a word in on a Thursday, and I was in Vegas two days later. In an apartment with blue, pink, and orange walls with big daisies stuck to them, and an enormous ROUND bed in which to sleep! Vegas!

At the end of the first month, right when I was about to go home, the sax player quit, and they offered me the gig, which I previously vehemently refused to consider accepting. The money was too good to turn down, especially considering the bleakness of the landscape back in Memphis.

The entire story is heart wrenching and glorious, and I will be recounting it in the coming days and weeks. Suffice it to say for now that my wife and kids and all our worldly possessions are on this side of the country, and everyone we love is on the other! With NO prior warning…


September 14, 2010 - Posted by | Christian Life, Family, Music, Music Business, Work


  1. Man, that’s crazy. keep me posted. My artist, Shelley Carrol is in NV now with Sheryl Crow. Wish you two could meet. He is like family. It is funny where life leads us. I thought I would be in LA for sure with my wife’s job move. Turns out she is commuting once a month and I am still in Dallas. Kids and gigs gone crazy.

    Comment by Frederick Nichelson | September 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Yeah, Fred, that would be great! I’m trying to create more options for myself out here.

      Comment by maxdaddy | September 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. Awww now, Mississippi really isnt that bad. 🙂 I’m glad your posting again –

    Comment by Cheryl Green | September 14, 2010 | Reply

  3. mr derrick williams i have been reading yr articles all day. it took my mind off the crooks tbn. i was praying 4u as i was reading i even drop tears. u r agood writer. your words r definatly true. I thank God u r w/ur wife&kids u no its or trails & tribs that brings us to ward the promise land the enemy is busy u no who has the victory! keep the dust out of yr head joy cometh n the mornu no keep writing please i promise i will b a fan. tell wife & kids i sd praise God I wil kep praying 4u all chin up remember who has u front & ctr. victory is ours regard who is president we r aliens jus visitng royalty we have diplomant emuniity the pay is lo the retirement plan is awsome. giv opin on on obama. sad isnt it i waiting on his big plan? stay blessed & asured lov THE KING & I

    Comment by beloved | March 31, 2011 | Reply

  4. yr that writers block i will send a word iam up on events they disgust me I,m also a watchman & arms barrier so put on yr armor cause u will with stand the principalitie of evil doers in high places. E=MC2 PEACE & BLESSING 2U&FAM

    Comment by beloved | March 31, 2011 | Reply

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