A new path

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For years now I've struggled with the knowledge that while I have some small amount of skill for ColdFusion, my true expertise, and passion, was elsewhere. I've kept this a secret for as long as possible, but I decided that I cannot spend another day living a lie. My true passion, no, my calling, has always been singing.

For several years now I've performed with a Duran Duran covertribute band called Shadow Rose Alpha One. We've toured the country giving concerts and spreading the musical awesomeness that can only be conveyed by the greatness of Duran Duran's material.

One night - in a cosmic collusion of blissful synchronicity, Simon Le Bon himself was present during our concert. Our band had just wrapped up with a Caribbean-styled version of The Chauffeur and had retuned back stage. Le Bon personally asked me (perhaps one could say "beg") if I would join the band in their new tour in the fall of 2010. I graciously accepted the offer.

While my time as a ColdFusion developer, blogger, and speaker, has come to an end, I hope people can come to accept my decision and come to appreciate the choice I've made.

p.s. Thanks to Nick Hill for the Photoshop working. My Photoshop skills are only slightly worse than my real singing ability.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by existdissolve posted on 4/1/2010 at 3:39 PM

Awesome :) Let me know when the tour heads to Cincy.

Keep rocking!!

Comment 2 by Marko Simic posted on 4/1/2010 at 3:48 PM

Believe or not, but they still sound great.
Good luck touring with them and see you on concert :))

btw, nice outfit :)

Comment 3 by Scott Stroz posted on 4/1/2010 at 4:07 PM

@Marko - I would argue that they _never_ sounded great.

Comment 4 by Ben Nadel posted on 4/1/2010 at 4:16 PM

Ha ha ha ha, classic :)

Comment 5 by Debbie posted on 4/1/2010 at 4:49 PM

Simon Le Bon was present during your "conference"? You're kidding yourself...you're a geek through and through. :-)

Comment 6 by Tom Jenkins posted on 4/1/2010 at 4:49 PM

haha you look like Gordon freeman in the pic



Comment 7 by Phillip Senn posted on 4/1/2010 at 4:50 PM

Shananana, shananana. The reflex, Flec-Flec-Flec-Flec-Flex!

Comment 8 by SuperAlly posted on 4/1/2010 at 4:57 PM

Now come on, everyone knows the Spandau Ballet cover bands are where it's at.

Good luck with the career change though :)

Comment 9 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/1/2010 at 5:03 PM

@TomJ: Actually, that headshot of me has my old glasses. My new ones are thick and black, much closer to Freeman's style.

Comment 10 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/1/2010 at 5:05 PM

@Debbie: Wow, talk about a Freudian slip. Fixed. Thanks.

@Zoid: Blasphemer!

Comment 11 by Dan Vega posted on 4/1/2010 at 5:40 PM

Will there be any performances over Connect? :)

Comment 12 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/1/2010 at 5:42 PM

For you, Dan, anything you want.

Comment 13 by Alejandro posted on 4/1/2010 at 5:45 PM

Sean Corfield dance, now Ray sings... what next ? Ben Forta painting ?

Comment 14 by Simon posted on 4/1/2010 at 6:11 PM

Just waiting for the You Tube appearances now !! lol :0)

Comment 15 by Derek Winstead posted on 4/1/2010 at 6:18 PM

Hope you can make the trip down into Florida on your tour...

Comment 16 by Doug Boude posted on 4/1/2010 at 7:00 PM

"For years now I've struggled with the knowledge that while I have some small amount of skill for ColdFusion, my true expertise, and passion, was elsewhere...." lol. Dang, for a minute I thought you were coming out of the closet!

Comment 17 by Todd Mathews posted on 4/1/2010 at 8:23 PM

For a second there, I thought you were following in Ricky Martin's footsteps with his recent announcement and all.

Comment 18 by Chuck S posted on 4/1/2010 at 9:21 PM

Maybe you can get your band to perform at CFUnited this year.

Comment 19 by Darren posted on 4/2/2010 at 12:36 AM

Perhaps we can get one of the sponsors to supply the earplugs :-)

Keep on rockin'

Comment 20 by Thomas Messier posted on 4/2/2010 at 12:58 AM

And here I was thinking your true expertise and passion lied in PHP programming!

Comment 21 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/2/2010 at 12:59 AM

@Thomas: Unfortunately I got pretty bad at PHP when I got real coding skills.

(Yes, I went there. SNAP!)

Comment 22 by Dale Fraser posted on 4/2/2010 at 8:10 AM

I hope your singing is better than those photoshop skills :P

I love that outfit however, I think you should wear it to MAX

Comment 23 by salvatore fusto posted on 4/2/2010 at 11:41 AM

1 April, ah ah ah!

Comment 24 by Lola LB posted on 4/2/2010 at 4:19 PM

LOL . . . how did I miss this announcement?