July 1, 2016

Listen To Your Bodies

LIFE LESSON:  Listen to your bodies.  I learned this lesson recently in a trial by fire.  Almost two weeks ago I was taken to the emergency room as a result of a strange feeling I had in my entire torso…a feeling and, a bit later, a pain of which I had never experienced.  My initial instinct was that something potentially fatal was brewing, but the logical side of me said “Nah, it’s nothing..it’ll pass.”  Well, it didn’t.  I was eventually taken to the hospital where it was discovered that I was experiencing a pulmonary embolism on both sides of my lungs as a result of a cast being put on my leg too tightly three weeks earlier.  Blood clots had formed in my leg as a result of the restrictive cast and several had broken off and gone to my lungs.  A whole variety of doctors told me how lucky I was and that, in all honesty, the likelihood of me having survived my particular case was extremely low.  I was told point blank I should have died.  If I hadn’t eventually listened to my body and gone to the hospital that first night, I would be dead.  I would not have survived the night.  Their words, not mine.  This was, needless to say, sobering to hear…especially when considering the fact that I’ve always been extremely healthy and have never been in a situation quite like this before.  I’ve lived rambunctiously, no doubt, but nothing quite like this has ever threatened me before.  Diving back even further, when the cast was initially put on my leg, I could feel it was too tight.  I even spoke up and let the doctors know it was extremely tight, unnecessarily tight, but they assured me that “this was the way it was supposed to feel” and “not to worry about it.”  Having never had a cast on my leg before I thought “Ok, they’re the doctors.  They know best.”  Not true in this particular case.  Had I listened to my instinct intently enough that first day and insisted they remove the cast and put another one on a bit looser, it’s extremely likely this entire situation could have been avoided in the first place.  I’m not blaming myself here.  I’m simply saying, once again, “Listen to your bodies.”  We have instincts for a reason.  And even if we don’t always understand why they make us feel what they make us feel, it’s important to understand that they make us feel certain ways for a reason.  Ignoring them is like playing with fire in a paper house.  It’s only a matter of time before the whole place burns down.  Don’t strike that match.  Listen to your instincts.  For those of you wondering where my health stands, I’m proud to say any potential life-threatening situations have passed and I’m on the fast-track to a monumental recovery.  I will have my full strength, power, and endurance back and be better than ever in another few weeks.  I’ll keep those who are interested updated.

LIFE LESSON:  Listen to your bodies.  Your life may depend on it.

April 27, 2016

Trade Winds and Westerlies

Hush, now, and listen in suspense
To that which claims omnipotence,
A clamor, yet so intimate
As if a breeze would break it.
A secret knows when it’s been kept
Just as a tear jilts those who’ve wept,
Even if one dare not accept
The charge that shall forsake it.
Entrapped, entangled, intertwined
As thorns and roses grace the vine
That feeds one’s soul, yet, leaves one blind
To all that they’ve aspired.
Some wish to see, yet, fear such sight
Concerned the truth, however plight,
Would only serve to expedite
They’re fate upon the pyre.
Thus, joy amassed in light of such
A grim and ghastly hallowed touch
Is laudable, and yet too much
Is deemed rather unwitting.
So let’s put to the plight a plan
And fix not on fate’s slight of hand.
Remember, lightning turns one’s sand
To glass once struck…how fitting.
Now, eyes uncluttered, brave the tide
Of realization brimming wide
Within those craving to collide
With preference and conception.
For, once exposed, once interlaced
With what one wants, one can’t erase
One’s gospel, thus, one should embrace
One’s own obliged perception.
So, here, one might find one’s regard
Amply arrayed among the stars
To revolutionize the scars
That threaten all-consumption.
Yet, irony would seek to claim
It’s loathsome spot within this game,
Reminding those that with such changes
Come the need for gumption.
That being said, a hope remains
For those inclined to fan the flame
Of enterprise, yet ascertain
Such purpose is protected.
Intent of such a magnitude
Can, without any doubt, exude
Upon one’s faith, and, thus, collude
With that which is expected.
So, climb the mountain, scale the slope
Of transformation, hold the rope
For dedication, grasp the scope
Of what, now, can transpire.
Atop the peak, from shore to shore,
A fearsome cry, a shout, a roar
Of victory forever more,
If one should so desire.
One final thought, one last refrain
That cannot help but entertain,
Shall find its way, just as the rain
To earth, into this rhyme.
To those with whom these words relate,
With whom this poem reverberates…
Ahhh, never mind, it’s rather late…
Perhaps another time.

 

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March 16, 2016

An Opinion On Fun

Earlier today I was approached by a peculiarly enthusiastic “housing-challenged” individual in a subway station. He wasn’t asking for financial contributions, and I quickly found myself engaged in conversation due in no small part to the fact that he was boasting the biggest smile on his face I’d seen all day.  He asked me, in English, no less, what my opinions were in regards to what I felt was one of the most important pursuits for an individual throughout his/her life.  I thought about it briefly and went through all the normal clichés such as satisfaction in one’s career, financial prosperity, family dealings, love, romance, etc.  And while all of these pursuits are indeed advantageous to one’s psyche and while they all are, without question, fantastic and, in one way or another, fulfilling pursuits, I found a common thread woven throughout them all that struck me almost immediately…A theme that, upon successful execution of any one and/or all of the previously mentioned pursuits, seems to consistently accompany them all…A theme that, even as a child, is ferociously and fantastically monumental to our day to day lives.  Thus, after brief but careful consideration, I looked at him dead in the eye and proudly spoke a one-syllable response:  “Fun.”  That was my answer.  In no shape, form, or fashion do I presume that this opinion is universal to everyone as I’m sure a whole variety of ideas could be presented and argued convincingly in regards to such a question.  I’m simply recognizing that which is most prevalent in the way I see the world.  Fun, in my mind, can be found in all of the pursuits mentioned above: a satisfying career, family, financial prosperity, love, romance, as well as any other worthwhile pursuit of choice I could imagine.  Enjoying something is a choice.  It’s a decision.  It’s not necessarily a result of any particular circumstance, rather, it’s a choice that is made in response to that circumstance.  Life is too short to choose not to have fun.  Thus, I was privileged to have to define that which is paramount in my life’s pursuits as a result of an oddly delivered and timed question from an oddly enthusiastic and contagiously jolly individual.  I hear the universe speaking loud and clear…and it’s saying, without exception, “Have fun.”

January 13, 2016

SFH Acoustic Round Live @ The Highlander, Vienna, 5.2.2016

The time has finally come again to bring on some beer-fueled, acoustic-styled American music in good ole Vienna, Austria…courtesy of Yours Truly and the Highlander Scottish Pub. I’ll be playing on February 5th from 21:00 to midnight at the Highlander on Garnisongasse 3 in the 9th district. It’s always a unique experience there..no doubt due to ample amounts of Guinness and Jameson mixed with a care-free and fun-loving environment..so, if you’re down to enjoy an evening of booze, tunes, and sarcasm, come on out and enjoy the brilliance of “spirits-inspired” entertainment. As always, clothes are optional…*sarcasm*
Cheers,
SFH

April 19, 2015

SFH – Round 2 – “Future Funk and Ghost Rock” Extravaganza

With Special Guests: SOUND DIARY!!!!!

And the Funk continues… ;) Round 1 was such a magical evening. Round 2 promises to be even bigger!
Monday, May 11th at Cafe Carina on Josefstadter Strasse 84 at 21:00…the show begins. The U6 train station will never be the same.
Expect some ferocious “Future Funk and Ghost Rock” from the SFH Trio, some unapologetic blues, some hypnotic groove-rock, and a Drum-and-Bass section that will cause you to forget to breathe and make you feel as though your soul has somehow ascended into Nirvana. Did I mention soulgasms…? ;) This is how we prefer to tell the truth…
So bring on the beer, fill up those glasses, open your ears, and come shake your asses…
This night is dedicated to everyone who lives to love and loves to live!
You’ve been warned. Be there.
Cheers,
SFH

Future Funk

Future Funk

December 25, 2014

A Christmas Poem

Some go for chocolate, savory and divine,

Some go for whisky, tequila, and lime.

Some prefer turkey and some prefer ham,

Some prefer stuffing with strawberry jam.

 

Some want the morning to come rather quick,

Enthused for their bounty from good ole’ St. Nick.

Some want their stockings to brim with delight,

While some just want warmth on a cold Winter’s night.

 

Some want their presents up under the tree,

While some just want time spent with their family.

Some dream of sunshine while some dream of snow,

Some want the rays of a cool winter’s glow.

 

Some long for families with whom they can dine,

While some wish to relax alone with their wine.

Some prefer strudels and some prefer cake,

Some prefer pies that entrance when they’re baked.

 

Some want the cookies while some want the joy,

Some want the eggnog and some want the toys.

Some want an excuse to go have a ball…

Some want the memories, but I want it ALL ;)

 

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!!  May you all have a beautiful holiday with your loved ones and may your smiles be filled with the sun, moon, and stars.

July 1, 2014

The Arena Beisl in Wien welcomes Scott Foster Harris!!!

SO…FINALLY…….it looks like I’m playing a show at the Arena Beisl on Monday, the 14th of July.  It’s about time!  I’ve been asked to do shows there many, many times over the past few months by many, many people, but I was never able to due to scheduling.  Well, after lots of schedule mangling, we were able to figure out a date where I was free and, as a result, booked the show at the Arena Beisl!  FINALLY!
I’ve been writing a LOT of new songs…very “dark, haunted blues” oriented songs…and I’ll be debuting a number of them at this show.  So, if you like those “Johnny Cash” and “Rolling Stones” type songs I’ve played at previous shows, you’ll dig these ;)
In addition to that, I’ll be celebrating the upcoming release of my newest League of Gentlemen album with Tracii Guns.  So…I’ll probably play a song or two from that album.
And, to all the LA GUNS fans out there, I’ll FINALLY play one of our LA GUNS songs for you all since I haven’t done that yet at any of my solo shows.  People keep asking, so I figured, “Why not?  I guess it’s time” ;)
And, last but not least, I’ll be celebrating my two-month long break from Jack Daniels by drinking a lot of Jack Daniels ;)  So, if clothes come off and it gets loud, just know it’s all part of the experience…and, of course, we can simply blame it on the whiskey ;)
Don’t be shy, now…  See you all there.
Cheers!
Scott
Cookie Monster Kong

June 1, 2014

SFH Live in Vienna @ “The Little” on Saturday the 7th, 2014!!!

Hey guys, I’m gonna be “holding court” at “The Little” this Saturday, the 7th for a few hours.  It’s my living room stomping grounds!  I’ll be getting back in town from Graz that afternoon so I’ll be ready to roll for a homecoming!  ;)  Thus, I’ll allow myself to drift away a bit, which is always my favorite, and just jam some of my favorite tunes (both original and tribute) as well as go on a few random jam session tangents…as is my style ;)

So…come out and join me for a night of music, enthusiasm, light-hearted and fun-loving people, and a few pints of my favorite golden beverage….I believe it’s pronounced in German….“biiiiiieeeerrrr.”

I’ll start the show a little before 22:00 and I’ll play til about 23:30.  Bring it on like Donkey Kong!

Bis bald, leute!

SFH

Scott Guitar Handing Gallery

May 14, 2014

SFH Live in Vienna @ Bar 13 – 15.05.14

Hey Guys,
I’ve had a lot of requests from a lot of friends to play another show in Wien soon so I figured, “What the Hell?!?!” :)
So, given my schedule touring outside the city, I decided to play on a Thursday night since I don’t have any free weekends. Thus, I’m gonna jam for a few hours at BAR 13 on Himmelpfortgasse 13, 1010 on Thursday the 15th!!!
I’ll be there around 21:00 and will start playing around 22:00. Beers and laughter at my original Viennese stomping ground ;) You’ve been warned…
Cheers!
SFH
Hilarious Cookie Monster

January 16, 2014

SFH’s Final Pre-States Show

We’re here…my last show before heading to the States for a bit is happening tomorrow night (Friday night) at Molly Darcy’s on Teinfaltstrasse 6, 0101.   Love this place…one of the only pubs in Vienna that serve Newcastle!   I’m beginning tomorrow at 21:00 sharp and will play for a couple of hours.  Come on out and wish me a good journey with a pint and a grin and/or whatever.  May it be a night to remember.  The road awaits!

Prost,

SFH

Haunted Forrest Road