Steven George Sanders
  writer / pianist / motorcyclist / photographer / songwriter / messenger
  
EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE

It's hard to believe there are this many activities left on my plate of life--and still competing for my time. Time is the critical consideration, along with health of the body and soul, which determines the output level of continuing production. The new profile photo now exposes an "older gentleman" that has finally accepted the fact that aging is a forgone conclusion, with no exceptions, not even for me.
    We have lived through many decades of "good times" in the USA, and there were always plenty of work opportunities for entrepreneurial types and the self-employed. Things however, really haven't been quite the same since 2008- after the "bubble" burst. But then again, it all depends on what industry you chose to pursue, accompanied by your personal people skills and abilities to keep the ball rolling in a favorable direction.
    The computer and the advancement of software programs designed to provide a mechanism for the average person to fulfill creative dreams is truly amazing. These programs have literally leveled the "playing fields" of music, photography, and writing, just to mention three right off the bat. Once you have finished your "creations", the next step demands that you stay in your chair and spend the rest of your  waking hours promoting your products through the use of social networking and marketing techniques.
    At the beginning of last summer, I set about to embark on a brand new challenge-- the writing of a book. It just didn't seem fair to hoard my knowledge of how to play the piano and go to my grave selfishly keeping the entire matter under wraps. It took the entire summer 24/6 to put it together, but finally Piano Heaven came into existence. Incidentally, it finally became available as a Kindle eBook a few
weeks ago.
   Then Motorcycle Trips was born and is available either way-- paperback or eBook. With these two projects finished and available to the public via Amazon and the world-wide web, the job of leaving behind a record of my unique experiences in these lifelong endeavors was completed--almost.
    The clutter of so many photographs shot over a forty-five year period was closing in on me. It seemed logical at this time to reduce my "photophobia", and wipe the slate clean. But before engaging the delete button on a massive scale, I saved the best fifty shots and placed them in a short 44 page coffee table book called Pictures in Tune (Great Shots From the American Road). This publication will be a lovely feast for your eyes, and if it is left lying around the house somewhere, I'm sure no one will mind.
    So there you have it, everything has changed, and continues to change in leaps and bounds. The good news is that you don't have to get "caught up" in my changes! You have three ways to trip with me, without ever having to leave your chair. How convenient!
steve 

WHAT IS MOTORCYCLE TRIPS ALL ABOUT?

Motorcycle Trips shares in words and pictures seven separate journeys experienced by the author over a span of 27 years. From Minnesota to Texas, California to Victoria, and then Utah to Colorado, you will be treated to an unusual slice of life on the road by Steven George Sanders, the musical motorcycle messenger man. 
     As you compare this compilation of trips to homemade soup, you will taste the added ingredients of photography, writing, piano playing, and a few sprinkles of political commentary, thrown in for good measure. Solo riding is very different from riding with a co-rider, and affords the presence of mind to take pictures of interesting subjects along the way, coupled with the freedom to take risks that might be unacceptable to a passenger. 
     Weather becomes a major concern when riding a motorcycle, and there is no shortage of weather related anecdotes contained in these episodes. But after it is all said and done, the weather is a kind of friend, adding much drama and grit to what otherwise could be a much less exciting story line. 
     Furthermore, you will meet an interesting mix of assorted friends and characters on these trips, not unlike all the different letters contained in alphabet soup. This peculiar rider is an artist that desires a creative, spiritual experience while on the road, and never forgets to thank God for providing safety and survival as he moves ahead toward the unpredictable future. This book most probably will stir many emotions, but boredom will certainly not be one of them.

WHAT'S WITH THE PIANO?

A few years ago, on a bike trip to Colorado, I found my way into the Mahogany Grille at the Strater Hotel in downtown Durango. The ambiance was elegant Western Saloon, focal point being the upright piano and the pianists dazzling a packed-house with their amazing ragtime talents. I only stayed long enough to take a few shots like the one you see here, and was completely blown away with the skills presented by the two pianists that were on duty while I was there.
     Later on, while exploring the rest of the town, I stopped into a French restaurant for dinner, and was allowed to play their idle baby grand for a handful of diners in attendance. There is a certain kind of magic that happens when you are playing the piano--especially for a live audience. It's almost as if the time around you becomes suspended, while you and your listeners enter a separate dimension, exclusive to the music alone. The privilege to occupy and thrive in this "zone" is a gift of experience that has few rivals--at least from my humble point of view.
     It would really be nice if everyone could play the piano. If we had been alive in the early 1900's, it might have seemed that way. The United States was chocked full of hundreds of piano factories, cranking out the main source of entertainment for homes, churches, restaurants, and saloons.
     In Santa Clara country, California, the municipal parks department has just initiated an experimental program whereby they have "spotted" a certain number of acoustic pianos in places like parks where passersby can spontaneously stop and do some plunking on the keys. I wonder how long these pianos will survive the outdoors, but the experiment is magnificent.
     The world is getting crazier by the minute, and this recent news item may be a sign of things to come. The piano and piano playing may be poised to make a big comeback in our society. Playing, and even practicing the piano is a very enjoyable and often therapeutic thing to do.

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