'May I Claim Temporary Insanity.......'
Friday, June 3, 2011 4:07:22 AM
Please extend me a minute, I must explain. On a cold Scottish afternoon in 1988, I stepped off a plane and into a waiting car to meet two people who were to have a profound influence on my later life. Seated opposite me was a handsome Belgian chap 10 years my senior who, along with myself, was to become the rhythm section of a three piece band that would for the next 2 years tour. He looked like a medieval painting of a French King with his long curly black hair and neatly trimmed facial hair. He had an incredible voice and a mastery of music I still envy. We became best friend and confidantes over the years. But it was the other occupant of the car which is the subject here. Seated next to him, looking like a Gothic Alice from Wonderland, was his daughter. A tall gangly, unattractive and obnoxious 16 year old, all eyes and legs with an annoying habit of constantly taking picture after picture with her freakin Polaroid camera. Clack…Zip. Clack …Zip. Halfway to Edinburgh I felt like throwing the camera out the window. She soon finished her private schooling in England and joined up with us on tour for her rock and roll education.
Her interest in photography made her instant friends with my wife and was taught technically from her professional prospective. Together they took some 2500 slides and pictures of that tour. When Lidia became pregnant with our daughter, the girl became like her protective and doting younger sister. And when the baby was born she came to live with us and became the nanny while attending university here. A few years later, upon the death of my wife and daughter, she was completely devastated. I sent her home to Europe, but she soon returned here to the home she said she loved. Except for a short period a few years ago, when she thought she was in love, she has been a permanent resident here, watching over my personal interest for me while making an excellent living as a freelance photographer. She has for the most part, documented my life and music for the last 20 years. She has been my constant travel companion, protector and the most trusted person in my life.
For those who have read this humble page over the past few years will probably remember my mention many times her name, Janet Maltas. She appears in numerous post and is the author of most all the awesomely creative on-stage photographs posted here.
She grew up to be a beautiful young lady, a savvy business women, not to mention the originator and Legendary Hostess of "Cheesy Movie Night at P2's Pad"
On June 1st she was appointed by the board of Stray Voltage Studios the position of Vice President of Marketing.
And, if you read between the lines of my New Years Post, you can probably guess what is coming next:
At sunset January 2th, on the beach of the Island of Antigua, surrounded by our
closest friends, Janette Isabella Marie Maltas became Mrs. P2.
We have been on a delayed, but extended honeymoon the month of May. Internet service where we were was by satellite and very expensive, so computer time was limited to posting my column and maintenance at my other blog where many pieces are time sensitive.
So please forgive my dropping out of site for so long……..but there so many interesting things to do on a Honeymoon………know what I’m Sayin’ !