Here are some stories my family and friends are sick of hearing, having heard them over and over for years. I believe my wife, Jan, can repeat them word for word. The depth and radius of her famous eye-roll always lets me know how many times she has heard the story and if I am telling the short or the long version. That’s how I know. The eye-roll. So to save my wife’s eyesight, I’ve put together this website where I can tell these stories without Jan having to listen to them one more time. As the weeks come and go, I look forward to telling them to you and hope they give you a laugh, help you shed a tear, or otherwise somehow enrich your life by seeing and hearing about the ups and downs of my own. There have been a bunch of both.
Over the years, having written stories for newspapers and magazines plus a bunch of stories that have ended up as songs. That is probably why so many of my friends have encouraged me to write a book. But books don’t have moving pictures, and once it’s finished, it’s finished. I needed something more dynamic, that could change over time and could allow me to develop a personal relationship with my readers.
I guess storytelling is in my DNA. My father was the best storyteller I’ve ever known. Maybe that’s how I came by my love of stories. Dad taught world history in high school, and his class was always the one people tried to get into. I never understood it until I had him for class myself and saw how he could turn the history of Mesopotamia into a fascinating story everyone would like to hear, even high school students.
Storytelling is probably what got me turned on to folk music. They were stories, set to music. How could I not love it. Two of my favorite mediums, tied together with a guitar string. Most people will know me by my last name or at least the phrase that put my singing partner and me on the map. Brewer and Shipley and One Toke Over The Line.
But there is more to Tom than One Toke Over The Line. While I can’t leave that out, there are oh so many other stories to tell. Stories about other musicians, stories about adventures I have had. And stories about the people and places I have come to love.
It was my son, Marc, who finally convinced me to start putting them where others might enjoy them. Being a marketing genius, he asked me what my brand pillars are. Brand pillars? It took awhile before I got that one. Besides family and friends, what is most sacred to me? That was easy.
- “People Love Each Other”
- “Adventure May Hurt, But Monotony Will Kill You”
- “Don’t Be Afraid”
Don’t allow yourself to be afraid to fail or try something you have never done before. That is a sure way to miss out on the joys life brings.
Some of my stories, as you can see, have already been written or produced and appear here. But there are many more in the hopper. A lot more. It is my intention to post as often as I can a story for your consideration. Some will have video. Some just pictures. Some may be songs and probably some only words. And I have a ton of video just waiting to jump off of my hard drives. While I’m not looking for another job, this is a labor of love. Telling stories. I hope you enjoy them…Tom.