Prison Pete

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
  It has been a long few weeks
here at my humble abode. While it is usually hard to decide when one series of events, for lack of a better word, ends and another starts this last few weeks started with yet one more, and possibly the last hope, denial from the U.S. Court of Appeals.

My latest case has just been sitting around the court for over two years. And all that time to tell me, "Sorry Charlie, you failed to raise a constitutional issue that we can look at." The irony is the issue I am raising is ineffective assistance of counsel, which is one of the basic rights in the Bill of Rights, and they said that is not good enough.

At this point my next possible time for release from living in the lap of luxury and off the over taxed citizens is in November of 2009. And that is not by any means a sure bet.

Last weekend my parents came up to visit me and through a tragedy (as opposed to a comedy) of errors, I only had about two hours to visit with them on Saturday, and ninety minutes on Sunday. It was great to be able to see Mom and Dad, but it was way too short a time. Unfortunately the location I am at only has visiting on Saturdays and Sundays.

The special event that took place on Saturday did give me the opportunity to play the keyboard for my parents. I was able to have them sit right next to my keyboard. I told them I wanted to show them the different ways I used the features of my Yamaha keyboard.

I started singing the opening verse to "When I Fall in Love", while playing live, as opposed to using the sequencer option. Since I did not have the actual music, and the intro part is not quite as familiar to me, I had to fake it melody-wise.

But once I got to the "When I Fall In Love..." part, Dad grabbed Mom's hand and started singing along with me! That was probably one of the most emotional moments of my life since being incarcerated.

Mom is a little hard of hearing, and it took a few minutes afterwards to convince her that I had actually played the song, and not had a pre-recorded copy of it. I did use a jazz beat with three major chords but while the left hand had to keep up with the chord changes the right hand played melody.

Special thanks to Tasha from Australia for sending me the lyrics.
Glad you're posting again. I hope you got my letter I mailed back in May.
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