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HIS SPIRIT LIVES ON! ... BONER, THE PIANO DOG ... November 27, 1994 ... February 20, 2010

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February 15, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

I remember saying in this blog how my life has been fulfilled. With days like today it feels like it just gets more and more fulfilling. Not to say I don't have bad days and even time periods. Always, as I've always said... when I am working with the Traveling Piano it is all good, has never been bad. That is amazing to me. At the mission center, people come up to talk to me. Its almost like a setup. Truth is people do talk about me in good ways when I am not around that create trust both within the mission center as well as outside on the streets. They look to me for guidance. I guide them... into guiding themselves. All it takes is a little "real" positive feedback. My consistency in being seen and present over the last year, I know in my heart has been very important for people. I cherish the feeling of purpose and being important to people and... it being 100% real. A guy who jumped ship earlier this week from the mission center, he was at the dinner tonight and would have avoided me if I had not asked someone to call him over for me. Such a good guy, he's out living under the railroad tracks really suffering, hating himself, feeling like a failure, guilt, shame, all of it. There is no greater gift than for me to be able to look him in the eye and tell him its all ok and to keep going, that I know his worth, I see who he really is and that he is not alone. To be able to be with people on this level and mean it 100% and to know we trust each other about all that, to know they trust me in having that same equal worth is without question the greatest gift for me in life. The fundraiser I have been doing ends in ten days. Please make a contribution. Subscription/ Contribution Link.

February 14, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

My friend Alex left for Europe today for her debut as a classical concert pianist at one of the most prestigious concert halls in Paris, France. Her dog Koda well, he's going to be mine to care for twelve days. He's a large German shepherd pup less than a year old and now too large for Mo to play with. His energy is through the roof. Mo is turning nine next week and winding down. Mo and Koda played allot when Koda was a younger pup. Now Mo's just tolerating him and dealing with the fact that he is not getting all of my attention which I must say, he deserves. We will be staying at Alex's home and that has put my brain in a discombobulated state where I don't know wether I'm coming or going, trying to cope with the energy of the dogs, forgetting what I need to have with me, adjusting to sleeping in a new place, going crazy until... I realized that I have always been like this. There is nothing different. When I was on this journey constantly having to pick up and move on for ten years, I've stated in this blog several times that the greatest of compliments ever, came from a friend who knows me. "Danny, if you can do this, anyone can." Lol, that still makes me laugh, someone knowing how mixed up functioning can be for me and life still happens through all my confusion. I took Koda along with Mo to play at the mission center for the dinner today and it went surprisingly smooth. Mo laid under the piano seat and Koda under the piano. It rained all day here in Las Vegas. Spring flowers are coming... The fundraiser I have been doing is ending. Please make a contribution. Subscription/ Contribution Link.

February 13, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

My friend Dave, he's a Vietnam war Veteran, was a personal assistant to General Abrams. Last year the VA cut off his benefits but now for some reason started paying him again from being exposed to Agent Orange resulting in prostate cancer and Ischemic heart disease. Dave's connection to me via this journey has been most unusual and it has been since the start. He reached out to me every once in a while through the years until we finally we connected. Trust has always been issue with me in relationships. Dave and I are different people in many ways but still, I have been constantly drawn to trust his truth of spirit. In that way we are the same. We are both pure of heart. Dave has decided to share his "benefit" with me while it lasts for the sake of the Traveling Piano's journey... to the tune on $100 a month via the subscription/contribution link on Traveling Piano page. Contribute This brings my total now to $200 a month in order to survive with no other outside income or assistance. I hope others will follow Dave's example.

Dave says he is blessed and has decided to share some of that blessing with me along with journalist Glen Greenwald. He said that, "You both do your part to make this world a better place...his efforts (Greenwald) are global...yours, grassroots....but you both contribute immensely in a world that needs you." Dave spends a good amount of the year in Mexico. He said, "the people and the way of living has made me a slightly more compassionate person. I hope it (the sustaining contribution) is some help for you to continue your quest and keep brightening peoples lives by sharing your music, your talent and your compassion. Oh...and you too Mo." I asked him about the compassion of Mexican people, what specifically has impressed him.



"I think as an only child I was spoiled...not deliberately (my parents taught me if you want it ..go get a job and get it. So, I bought my own clothes in H.S., down payment for college was earned, etc. When I got out of that materialistic buy, buy, buy society called capitalism and started living in a socialistic society that I observed, and felt a part of something that prior I felt alienated from in the states... it started in Holland...the most tolerant country in the world in my opinion. The "safe-sex queen of Holland" opened her doors to me and introduced me to compassion with her tireless work to educate the world about AIDES. I thought it was just her job. People worked for money...but she would correct me by her example. Now, in Mexico, it all seems to make sense and is such a rewarding experience to see the families caring for one another and helping the community... it's mandatory here. The corruption and cartels cast a shadow over all of that. Everyone knows someone but no one talks about it for fear of retribution. They try and get there children educated and what better place then USA their neighbor and of course the elders of the family pass on the compassion and teach the young."

I want to ask everyone to help sustain the Traveling Piano's work through a contribution here on Facebook or via the Traveling Piano website. Specifically, I would like enough to simply pay my most basic costs of living through sustained contributions so I can spend my time sharing what I uniquely have to offer the world verses asking people for support on a daily basis. 95% of my time in life goes into working with the Traveling Piano through the fulfillment and gratitude that comes from caring about and loving humanity as a whole, especially those in need of validation and reassurance. People need to know they have worth as a human being. The Traveling Piano is a vehicle that creates validation and reassurance for others through Musical, Fun, Friendship and Respect.


February 12 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #027 I ran into this guy Richard today and wrote about him below. After waking up at 1:00pm feeling better in the neck from yesterday, still a little stiff and out of it. I began a gratitude list in my head, in the moment, "thanks for Mo, the toliet, coffee, this space I have, the sun being out, etc..." but still feeling unispired until... a "sustaining" (key word) monthly contribution from a friend for a hundred a month came through via email. Now, I have two hundred a month total coming in... not nearly enough to survive on but it was a huge personal vote of confidence to continue forward, huge! Then an email came through from a family member wanting to understand more about my life in a somewhat mentorship sense. I have almost literraly no contact with any family and so this, out of the blue was very meaningful. Two big whammy's, both personally and financially, that really set the tone for my day. On Tuesdays I head across the street from the Slavation Army where a few private individuals set up to serve dinner to people and told myself I must find strength to do it from inside. Find the love of God to share from inside myself so I have something to share outside of myself.



First, I headed out to the Mission Center to find a guy staying there. He knows how to fix my speaker. It stopped working last night. The Mission Center was on lockdown, something happened and also the guy had jumped ship. So I began looking in the homeless areas for him and instead came across another feeding area. One thing quickly led to another and I set up to create some music there. Thinking about the fact that the speaker would not work was not as important as thinking about creating music for everyone. Like a miracle, the speaker worked. A guy came up to me saying he remembered me from Ocean City, New Jersey back in the day when I used to be a performer some twenty years ago! Wow, that was just so much fun and that gave me an incrediable amount of energy to use. Also, getting up only a few hours before was a plus for the energy that I needed. After that I drove to the usual Tuesday night spot and the speaker worked the entire time. Now... I'm pooped out. That was all enough energy for a day. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation. Subscription/ Contribution Link.

February 11 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

My body must have been so exhausted from yesterdays hike that I slept without tossing and turning and on a wrong angle for my neck because... ouch, ouch, ouch, I can barely move it. Since it takes forty eight hours for me to really feel a workout, I'm not looking forward till tomorrow. Also, I have shortness of breath, I really do need to lose weight if I want to stay alive. Hmm... thats a decision. Anyway, I forced myself to the field as I was not there last Monday and just refused in my head to miss two weeks. People really appreciate my being there and a few guys were jonsin' to get onto the piano to create, play, express, release, have a bit of normalcy for themselves, etc... with their own music. Kids too, a little girl was beside herself waiting to jump into the truck. The speaker broke. What a major drag this is. So the sound was from the keyboard itself only... which is practically nothing but it still worked. I got to play for about five minutes out of three and a half hours so that gives you an idea of how popular the Traveling Piano is for people. I gathered some food for the week, and just hope this stiff neck does not get much worse. Whatever... I do know that eventually, it will pass. I feel grateful that I could share what I have to offer with the world today.



I must find sustained contribution. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

February 10 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Mo and I went out to the Valley of Fire today. We needed it "very" much. Its been too long since we were in nature. It was cloudy and cool and there was actually a little drizzle. That was perfect because it kept me from tiring out as I would in heat. We hiked where there were no people. The park police were out looking for trouble. We might have been in a restricted area meandering along a mountain ridge but far away enough away from them that we could hide. I heard them sound the siren not knowing if it was for me or someone else. They were waiting by the Traveling Piano truck maybe for us to return but guess what... we didn't, until they gave up and moved on! Ha. Really, just leave people alone when no harm is being done to themselves, anyone else or the environment. I so needed to be out there and Mo, he's getting old for hiking so I want him to enjoy as much of it as possible before he's done it all.



I must find sustained contribution. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

February 09, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #018 Geoff and I see each other several times a week when I create music at the Las Vegas Rescue mission for my "peeps" at dinner time. The consistency of our constant presence is very important for some people. Help us to continue! While playing at the rescue mission people have been asking where I was earlier in the week because they depend on seeing me and missed Mo, the Traveling Piano. I've been telling them that I was too depressed to come out. You should see their jaws drop. Probably for many reasons. That I would be honest, that the piano man can have a depressing period, not knowing how to respond... its all good because my intent is to keep everything real... through relationship and on as personal and intimate a level as possible.



Help us to continue. My chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation.Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

February 08, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #017 A short shout out from Candice on behalf of the Traveling Piano. She volunteers at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. I am so glad to have blankets to give out on these cold days as Mo and I take our walk downtown in the early morning hours. I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to sleep on cement with the temperatures in the thirties and wind making it feel even worse with nothing but a sheet, piece of cardboard or a trash bag covering you. Most people rationalize for themselves ways to not have to see or think about it and that is wrong. No matter how little you help, if the thought comes into your mind about a stranger in need... do something.



There are no fees, tips, or commercial affiliation connected with the Traveling Piano. The work thrives through personal one-on-one contribution. Help us to continue. My chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation.Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

February 07, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #016 I completely appreciate the trust that my friend Terry has in me to have a go at "playing" the piano when she sees me just for the sake of some musical Fun, Friendship and Respect! This blog is becoming difficult to keep up with. Maybe I'm not as interested because my life does not seem as interesting to me as in the past. That... needs to change quick.



There are no fees, tips, or commercial affiliation connected with the Traveling Piano. The work thrives through personal one-on-one contribution. Help us to continue. My chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation.Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

February 06, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #015 My friend Mike giving a shout out for funds to keep going. Other than with people like Mike... dealing with the same people, seeing the same people over and over that I don't remember, getting along with people through time, dealing with their issues, negotiating potential with people who initially have no trust... God, its so exhausting! When I was on the road for twelve years, if there was a problem with anyone I was staying with usually, I was moving on anyway. The probably like 70,000 different people I have dealt with one-on-one... we had a great time with each other and moved on. Now... I'm back in the old conventional world where I must deal with myself concerning the same people over and over on a continual basis!



There are no fees, tips, or commercial affiliation connected with the Traveling Piano. The work thrives through personal one-on-one contribution. Help us to continue. My chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation.Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

February 05, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

For the first time I did not go to the field yesterday or to my usual commitment tonight across from the Salvation Army. It was cold, dark, rainy and I was depressed, just couldn't do it. I pride myself on consistency and know how important it is for others, so not guilting myself about it is a challenge as is the idea of just giving myself a break! Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #014 My friend Tony gives a shout out for the worth of the Traveling Piano. He wants you to help out with a contribution. We depend 100% on contribution, never while working. Please Contribute! Ask for your friends to do so. Share the links. Create a subscription on the website here: http://www.ragginpianoboogie.com/dona... Send a contribution directly: paypal.me/dannykean Email me through the Traveling Piano website for other ways! www.travelingpiano.com Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


February 04, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

This is a slideshow of about 250 random Las Vegas neighbors enjoying at night, what the Traveling Piano has to offer for the world. Las Vegas, Nevada is diverse with people from all walks of life. Those who live in this city want to enjoy the feeling of being in community with each other. People look to nurture the idea of strangers becoming less afraid of each other. In a world where so much anger, hate and sadness exists... the Traveling Piano rises above all that to help keep relationships alive through Musical Fun, Friendship and Respect. There are no fees, tips, or commercial affiliation connected with the Traveling Piano. The work thrives through personal one-on-one contribution. Help us to continue. My chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation.Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


February 03, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #013 My buddy Dwayne. I asked him to ask you to contribute for the Traveling Piano to keep it going because he thinks its wonderful! We depend 100% on contribution, never while working. This fundraiser has stalled. Help is needed before the end of the month. Please make a Contribution with a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation.Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


February 02, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #012 My friend Mica gets onto the Traveling Piano for about ten minutes every week just to feel some sense of self and to mindlessly tinkle for a bit. My days are numbered. But... that has been the case since the day I was born, eh? I should say numbered in physical, earthly years. It is not easy for me to continually create significance for myself even now in my older years. God knows... I have been significant in the world and I know and feel it but still, at the same time, at any time my mind can go into the total opposite direction. Make a Contribution with a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation.Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


February 01 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

I woke up at 7am this morning to have a meeting with my apartment complex senior management. We got along very well and now I will just wait to see what happens as far as issues I've had. I dropped my Traveling Piano contact card off to them while I was there, lol... in case they might want to contribute. Came back, took a nap, ate a lot of ham chowder I made and then headed to my Friday commitment at the Rescue Mission. I barely made it through the first set. Exhaustion had set in. It might have been a carb attack from eating too much chowder and I actually left early for the first time ever because I was so tired. Emotional exhaustion may have played a role in that as well as my weight. When I play on days like today I go into an automatic space of creating music but I am still aware of everything I am doing.



I must find sustained contribution. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.