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Welcome to my new blog. I am happy that you have chosen to follow me to WordPress. It is the summer so we, here on the island are getting our lives in order before another tourist season begins again in the fall.

We are currently dealing with Hurricane season and I am going to make absolutely NO comments about it until it is over.  We are all just hoping to have a quiet summer without any “WEATHER WITH A NAME”.  That is what we call it here in the tropics of Florida.

All this hurricane learning came to me when I began playing in the Florida Keys.  I had a steady weekend night on Big Pine Key at Captain Dan’s Key Deer Bar and Grill.  I played in Key West and Stock Island and Geiger Key Marina down by there.  I had steady week night gigs in Marathon(Vaca Key) at the Overseas Lounge ( been there since the beginning of time I am sure).  The building had 16″ walls.  It used to be the train station there and it was built to last foreeeeever.

Sister Kaite's setup at Captain Dan's Key Deer Bar and Grill

Obviously it was the designated spot for all sailboat owners who live on their boats to crash on the floor there in times of hurricanes.  We came with our “stuff”.  We brought our back packs with all our necessary stuff in them and sleeping bags and pillows.  We only had water in there a couple times while I was there.  Of course because I played there weekly I got to crash in one of the bedrooms upstairs until the bartender came up at 6am to go to sleep.  Although, I was nice enough to play music for them for 16 hours, all day, to keep everybody settled and it was like one big happy family.  I also let people sit in and play all day…we had quite a good jam session going.  One of the owners slipped me some money while I was  playing.  They were very good to me in the Keys.

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View from the Stage at Little Palm Island Resort

The business right next door to the bar was called  “The Stuffed Pig”.  That is the best food you can find in Marathon at that time of the morning.  And it is  priced to sell.  Those people could not keep their door unlocked during the storm,s but they were open and would come and let you in and cook for you, and just lock the door again while you were there.  The door was a glass door and it would not stay shut unless it was locked.  They could see through it to see if there was someone standing at the door to get in so it did not matter.  It was not a big place anyway.  In fair weather it had nice little tables outside in the yard and on the patio so you could eat outside.  That place was always packed.  Everyone certainly did use it when there was a storm.

Little Palm Island stage setup

I played everywhere from Key Largo down to Key West.  From some of the bigger hotels to some of the smallest bars…I even played outside at JoJo’s for the Southernmost Chapter of the Abate Club.  It was all fun.  I played benefits for many people and holiday parties.  On St Patty’s day one year I played on 3 different keys in that one day.  I even got to take the employees ferry boat out to play on Little Munson Island at Little Palm Island Resort.  What a great island that would be to live on….if it was not there in the same weather path as the Keys.

I will tell you what.   Every storm that comes anywhere near Florida goes through the Keys at some point.  Whether or not it is before it gets big or after, or if it never turns into a big storm, they ALL go right through there.

I finally came back to my island.  Marco Island has been the best to me.  the Calusa Indians settled here because they say the storms went around it.   I like to believe that is true.

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The Cool Manager Shoreigh


    I got there at the usual time for set up, got into my room… and waited for the right time to carry all my equipment into the Tarpon Lodge….and get set up for the gig….I have so much fun with the employees at that place….Everyone that works there is just fun to be around….we have our own rapport, should I say….last month when I played there, the manager and one of the waiters (the manager of the bar) had this conversation between them about me that he did not work on the nights I played but they screwed up and he was scheduled that night while I was playing and they did it with such straight face….and while they were conning me with this, the manager, Shiree, crawled around on the floor behind me and one book at a time took my music books and hid them, she wrapped them in my shawl that had fallen to the floor, and inserted them under the cushion in the chair in the front foyer behind me…..She said later that they thought that I was going to play out of one book that whole night , before I noticed my other books were gone….they waited and waited and waited and finally…..

     And this time I actually had some time to sit down and get rested up from the set up….Then I went back out to the bar to get my equipment turned on and talked with some of the very nice people that were part of the party that was there to get married this weekend….

     The Tarpon Lodge is almost the perfect setting to get married, the sunsets and the beautiful gazebo on the grounds, with the pool and the 5 star food, the fishing guides at the dock….I found out that there were going to be 4 Toms there and one of them was the groom and the bride’s name was Diane…All of a sudden I had an attack of very bad heartburn so I  ordered a dark foamy beer while I was out there getting a sound check, to try and make the heart burn go away.  When I made mention of the heartburn, 3 people at the bar (out of the 5 bar stools there) offered me some of what medications they take for heartburn….it can be so very bad and one should “swallow the camera” as they say, to take care of it so that it does not turn into something worse later on.

     I have been taking a medicine for my stomach for years but the last time I filled my prescription the insurance company said they would not pay for my particular medicine (Aciphex) any more so I now had to call them and find out what they will pay for and get a new prescription…I had forgotten since I am in and out of town so much these days…I finally accepted a purple pill from one of the Toms.  It (or the beer) saved the day.

     Well last night I ended up taking something I think was “THE” purple pill…and it worked so very good…of course I did not know it would work so I had a second dark foamy beer just to be sure I would be okay to sing….A person simply cannot sing with heartburn…way too much pain…

    Much to my surprise, while I was singing a song, I looked up at the end and there stood the Rabbi I recently met, and her husband.   They came to hear me sing.  She said that she would try to, and then all of a sudden there they were.  I was very happy about this because I had committed myself to singing alto in her choir for High Holidays(Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur).  This all began because I am working as a personal assistant to a friend of mine a couple days a week who is a realtor going through Chemo’ for her current breast cancer…And she has come to hear me sing many times, and sings very well herself.  She also said to me that I should help them in their choir because they need an alto right now.  I went with her one time to choir practice and worked on my computer while they practiced and while I was there I spoke with the Rabbi and she was such a nice person I decided to sing for her.  Since most of the songs are in Hebrew, the Rabbi had assured me that I was not going to sing anything that was against my own religion, as it was all only in praise of God that they sing their prayers.

     We had a great time that night. The room was packed and except for the fact that the Rabbi and her husband were so upset because the crowd was very loud while I was entertaining them, it was all good.  The Rabbi herself had been an opera singer, (and is also the cantor at the Temple) and knew how hard it was to sing to a room with noise in it, but I am used to it from starting out in Rock and Roll.  I eventually got control of the room even though the audience was so involved with themselves, being wedding people, and it turned out to be a very respectful and appreciative audience when I got done with them.

     High Holidays finally came and I do have to say I had never been in a religious service that lasted more than 2 hours…My first day which ended up being the morning of Rosh Hashanah, because I was booked for an engagement of my own on the evening before, was a four hour service….Well!!…about half way through I asked one of the other women in the choir…”so how long is this service?” and she said, “Oh, eight hours” and kept a very straight face….I laughed it off but I was beginning to wonder…….after a while.

     Then came the time for Yom Kippur.  I was actually going to be in a service that lasted all day.  I had been booked once again the night before, at my gig of half way to St Patty’s Day, and was pretty exhausted for the next day, but I did make it.  This service was 3 hours, then 3 or 4 more hours, and then 3 or 4 more hours.  However the Jewish services always ended in food being served and eaten together, very good food, and with everybody talking to each other it was quite nice.

     I said my goodbyes that day to all my new acquaintances at the Temple, because my commitment was now over, and spoke again with the Rabbi and her husband.  He, himself, was absolutely entertaining.  The Rabbi kept saying things like we will be seeing more of you, and my not understanding why she was saying that, and of course she was explaining that she did not mean she was trying to proselytize, but she would be seeing me, and that she wanted to talk to Judy.  Later upon finding out that they might try to hire me to be an alto in their choir, I felt very honored.  I also felt very honored to have met the Rabbi and her husband and will greatly respect their friendship, and I am quite happy for the education of the Jewish prayers that I have learned to sing.  I have  a special gratitude for the learning of the Hebrew that I now have.  It is a beginning.  I would like to learn more and I would like to learn their numbers system, I believe it is called “Gimatria”…but I have been wrong before (usually only in marriage ha ha)(not my first marriage though).

     The next morning at the Tarpon Lodge eating their exquisite continental breakfast, I ran into the “Tom” who gave me “his” purple pill.  I truly did hesitate to take it the night before because I could find no particular printing on it of any kind, but I was in such pain.  It is odd the things we do, mostly when we shouldn’t.  I later found out, when I called my doctor for a prescription of my own, that it was probably not the purple pill I took.  I mean ‘THE” Purple Pill.  It, I am fairly certain, is something different, but you know what?  The one I have works pretty darn good.


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Sister Kaite loves to perform her music for you…

 

The Sister sings and plays the piano to bring you some of the happiness she enjoys with her God-given talent of music…


Sister Kaite loves to share her experiences with you.


To make you smile and have fun is her intention….


Come in and “Participate with Sister Kaite”.


“I had sooooo much fun last Saturday night (April 17th) playing the gig at the NEW “Agora Mediterranean Cuisine” ….YOU KNOW WHERE IT IS….T. P. Hoolihans at the Agora. on Hancock Bridge Parkway…at Marina Town, over right by Rte 41.


It was a lovely rainy night and we had fun!!

 

Sister Kaite will be playing at the Agora on Fridays from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. so you must check out the show. Come in and have a superb dinner and hear the Sailing Songs, songs about the Florida Keys, and by request…Irish songs and Irish Drinking Songs, The Sister might even give you a little bit of her Mild Intelligent Humor Show…if you are real lucky…or a Truly Irish Toast.


You can also check out Sister Kaite’s website:

 

http://www.sisterkaite.com/



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The answers will be good for this is such a fun place….


1. What establishment is this Sister Kaite gig?

2. What is the name of the item on top of the Piano?

3. Whose arm is that in the Pic?

4. What is the wall behind Kaite?

5. Who was the bartender then?


Okay there!…

Love yas

Sister Kaite

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Here we go this time I want to know 3 questions.

 

 

 

1. Who is the Guest Performer sitting in with Sister Kaite in this Pic??

 

 

 

2. Where is this performance of Sister Kaite taking place??

 

 

 

I remember this as being one of those gigs a musician just loves to play because this club owner was great to work for.

 

 

 

Now for the tip question…

 

 

 

3. Who owned the club at the time of this performance??

 


 

Party Down

 

Sister Kaite

 

 

 

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     Just in case you were thinking of spending your St Patrick’s Day with Sister Kaite, you can go one of two places.. Well, some of you can….If you belong to the Marco Men’s Club you probably already know that you will be celebrating the day with The Sister. I will be playing the luncheon for you again this year at Porky’s on Marco Island, FL, and we are going to have another blast right into Ireland’s past with songs of Olde and even more Irish Drinking songs than last year.

     Then you should know that I will be driving quickly up to Pine Island where we are going to party down at the Tarpon Lodge. And they have offered you a deal this year. If you are coming to listen to me and you want a room to spend the night so you can have all the fun you want and not drive home then when you make your reservation tell them that and they will give you 10% off of your room rate for the night…..That is so cool. And then we can drink and party hearty. I have got some new and great Green Songs for ya this year.

See ya there!!

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