African Safari With Greg – Time Sensitive

Thanks for checking out our African Safari Adventure!

As it happens, one of my best friends, a very discriminating attorney, took this exact same tour last year. He described it as “the trip of a lifetime,” and something he absolutely plans to do again.

Here are just a few of the things he raved about:

  • Almost every kind of wildlife you can imagine: lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants, wildebeest, hippos, even cheetahs, leopards, and rhinos which are hard to see
  • The people, like Masai villagers who welcomed them into their humble huts, danced for them, offered handmade silver jewelry at absurdly low prices
  • The totally black night sky – millions of stars
  • The food, all included and very tasty (no grasshoppers, e.g.)
  • The accommodations, some nights in lodges, some nights in luxury private tents (real beds, bathrooms, hot water)
  • The friendly, entertaining, knowledgable, helpful guides
  • The tour company, very accommodating and easy to work with

If you’ve never traveled with me, we’re progressive, open-minded explorers who enjoy new experiences and new horizons. We enjoy getting to know each other, and the new people and places we visit. We make time for connecting with each other. On this tour, for example, we’ll be sightseeing during the day. At night, we’ll relax around a campfire where we’ll sing and share stories. (I’ll have my guitar along, and share as many songs and stories as you can stand.)

Our one basic rule is: No Whining.


When: Jan 26 – Feb 8, 2016 (12 days, including travel)
Where: Tanzania, Africa
Who: Overseas Adventure Travel (5 star rating)
What: Safari Serengeti Tour (5 star rating)
Why Now:

  • Unforgettable adventure, incredible photos, videos, and memories to last a lifetime
  • The dollar is strong
  • Average price increase for African Safaris is $200/year!
  • Some species, unfortunately, are getting scarce
  • January is warm (76 deg), low rainfall, little foliage, much easier to see animals

How Much: $3,595 plus airfare *

* I did not find a better or even comparable price for a tour like this anywhere online. You’ll receive a $100 rebate if you’re a first-time traveler with OAT. Airfare options are many and flexible. The tour company will be happy to arrange airfare, or let you get your own, or even let you compare their best price with whatever you can find.

  • Group size limited to 18, maximum (including me)


This is the best travel company website I’ve seen. Watch videos of the exact same tour, the guides, see maps of the itinerary, read reviews, and get a day-by-day account of our activities. You can get all your questions answered about food, lodging, packing, and almost anything else you can think of by clicking the tabs on the left.

You can even download a free Travel Handbook with all kinds of valuable info. (Click “What To Know” on the left, then click “DOWNLOAD THE TRAVEL BOOKLET”)

Note: the price quoted on the website says “starting from $3,495.” That’s $100 less than our tour, because this tour is priced differently in different seasons. That slightly lower price is for a tour in the rainy season. (You don’t want that!) Remember, you’ll get a $100 rebate if you’re a first time traveler with OAT.

Here’s the website:


You’ll see the phone number on the website: 800-955-1925.
When you call, mention “Service Code” G6-26633 (this points the agent to the GREG TAMBLYN’S AFRICAN SAFARI GROUP) to make a reservation.
If you’re a first-time traveler with OAT, tell them that.


Travel protection is highly recommended. It covers you for almost any reason you need to cancel, unforeseen emergencies, medical, baggage, etc.

- OAT has it, or you can obtain your own.
- Some credit cards have travel protection included, so check with your credit card company.
- Also, another travel insurance company has been highly recommended to me from a fellow group host, and its prices are great:

Make sure you compare what is actually covered in different policies.


The tour company can probably answer specific questions better than I can, but feel free to call me any time: 816-756-0069. If you get the voice mail, just leave your name, number, and I’ll get back to you asap.


I’ll do everything I can to make sure you have the most wonderful, memorable adventure imaginable. If you’ve ever dreamed about going to Africa, I hope you’ll join me on this trip of a lifetime.

NOTE: Check out the comments below from other friends who have done this tour and recommend it!

- Greg

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Made the “Country Boogie” Top 10

Yes, my friends, it’s true. There IS a Top 10 chart for “Country Boogie.” Amazing I know. And even more improbably, one of my songs snuck its way in there.

It’s an older song, but one that got recorded a couple of times by major label artists (Pake McEntire, Becky Hobbs), and even made me some cash.

Here’s my version, and if you’d like to download it for the perpetual enjoyment of your own personal self, you can do that at the link below the song.

(What I Got Is) Good For You

Link to download – Click Here (Scroll down till you see the song title, below the photos)

© 2015 Greg Tamblyn

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The TRUTH about Valentine’s Day

Greg Tamblyn Newsletter – February 2015

“I’m looking for someone who will love me for who I think I am.”
(from a cartoon by Tim Lachowski)

In case you were wondering…

Valentines Day originated a long time ago when Bacchus, the God of Fun, dropped a live gecko down Cupid’s diaper at a drab New Year’s Eve soiree hosted by Socrates, the God of Endless Questions, Hemlock, and Dull Parties.

To get revenge, Cupid shot a love arrow at Bacchus’ girlfriend Cleopatra, who at that precise moment was admiring a pricey necklace / bracelet / nose ring combo sported by Cupid’s uncle Tiffany, the God of Shiny Sparkly Things.

To keep Cleopatra happy, Bacchus got roped into a high-vig loan from Cupid’s other uncle, Valentino, the God of Easy Money and Bad Decisions. Which is why Bacchus started drinking. Which is how he became the God of Wine and Mardi Gras.*

* Mardi Gras, as you’ve undoubtedly noticed, occurs right around Valentine’s Day.

Not many people know this.

In fact, only my readers know this.

Whatever your love status, spread some around this week. Especially to folks who don’t normally get much. As long as it comes from the heart, it’ll do.

“I got a Valentine’s Day card from my girl. It said, ‘Take my heart! Take my arms! Take my lips!’ Which is just like her. Keeping the best part for herself.”
(Robert Orben)

“On Valentine’s Day, remember: the only truly painless way out of a relationship is to be the first to die.”
(from a cartoon by


You might know this already, but I have a number of songs that – in matters of the heart – go straight for the funnybone. Like:

  • The Top 10 Whiny Victim Love Songs
  • I’d Like To Be The Man My Dog Thinks I Am
  • Common Side Effects Include
  • The Shootout At The I’m OK, You’re OK Corral
  • Why They Broke Up
  • I Have A Tendency For Codependency
  • I Thought I Would Miss Her
  • Proctor and Johnson’s Pills
  • Passing Trains

Not sure I’ve ever mentioned this before, but you can download my songs on iTunes, as well as my website (via CDBaby). You can download individual songs as well as entire albums. And of course, you can always go for the good old actual hard-copy physical CDs, which also make nice coasters if you don’t have any. Coasters, I mean.

If you can use a little love humor this week, help yourself!

Many studies have shown that one of the most-desired traits in a love partner is a sense of humor. The same is true for friendship:

“If you can make me laugh, I will help you hide a body.”
(Christopher Piatt)


Here are public events currently on the books. For all times, locations, tickets, and more info, please visit my Calendar Page. Please go there first before you email me with a question! Thanks.

Feb 22: Baton Rouge LA

Feb 25: Tallahassee FL

Feb 28: Tampa FL  (Posi Music Awards)

Mar 1: Tampa FL

Mar 6: Tampa FL

Mar 7: Palm Beach Gardens FL

Mar 8: Port St. Lucie FL

Mar 12: St. Augustine FL

Mar 13: Cocoa Village FL

Mar 15: Lecanto (Citrus County) FL


Apr 12: Davis CA

Apr 17: Brentwood CA

Apr 18: Hayward CA

Apr 19: Vacaville CA

(3 dates still available on this tour)


May 28: Charlottesville VA

May 29: Richmond VA

May 30: Chesapeake VA

May 31: Chesapeake VA

May 31: Fairfax VA

Again, please visit my Calendar page for all info. I hope to see you somewhere out there on the road.

As always, thanks for reading. It keeps me off the streets!

“Love doesn’t make the word go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
(Franklin P. Jones)

Big Love,


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All day Thursday and Friday, plus Saturday morning this week you can save 40% on my CDs and books, in any combination. Order as many as you like for gift giving. Minimum order before discount: $25. Here are a few possible examples:

Grand Design Double CD: normally $25 / now $15

Single CD plus my book: normally $25 / now $15

2 single CDs plus my book: normally $40 / now $24

4 single CDs: normally $60 / now $36

3 CDs plus 2 books: normally $65 / now $39

5 books: normally $50 / now $30

Holy Holidays, Batman! What a deal.

Phone orders only, please. Just call the office at any time day or evening. We’ll take your order and credit card, and ship the next day. (Or if you’re not in a hurry, you can mail a check.)

If you get the voice mail, we’re on with somebody else. Leave your name and number and we’ll get back to asap.

Here’s the number for Thursday/Friday/Saturday Sale:  816-756-0069

Sale ends at noon central time Saturday. So we can get everything packed and shipped.

Happy Holidays!

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Something Rotten On The Way To Denmark

My Danish friend Helen was cruising toward her 50th birthday – halfway up the Stairway to Heaven – and planning a big weekend bash to celebrate. Friends from all over Europe were coming. Three days of fun and frolic, capped by an elegant Saturday night dinner and dance. (Photo at bottom.)

She called me up and invited me to come, along with my guitar and a few songs of my choosing. Preferably to be presented during the Saturday night extravaganza.

“Big fun,” I thought. Lots of interesting, progressive people. A cool country. Great food. Music. Extracurricular activities. And best of all, my dear friend Helen, who I love like a fish loves water.

But I didn’t want to go.

It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be there – I did – but getting there was the problem. It’s a long way from Kansas City MO to Aarhus Denmark. Flying all night, multiple connections, topped off with the usual three days of zombie-like jet lag.

Plus, I was busy with a huge project.

If that wasn’t enough, it was winter. Denmark in December! Fantastic if you’re a penguin. As my old Grandpa used to say, “Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.” (He was frequently a LOT more colorful.)

There was an undefinable feeling in my gut that this was not what I should be doing.

But Helen was persistent. So for a few weeks I put her off, hoping something like a paying gig would intervene and save me. But no luck, and Helen, bless her heart, was not giving up. Finally she offered to pay for my ticket. At that point, I felt that if she wanted me there that badly, I couldn’t say no.

The cheapest ticket I could find went through Toronto on Air Canada. Now, we all know that Canadians are lovely people and their country is just swell. I once even considered living there, back when we had an Army draft lottery.

But Air Canada is about a half step up from Greyhound.

All the flight attendants, male and female, looked like they were maybe two months away from the Happy Canadian Rest Home for the Retired and Bewildered. They moved at the speed of dark. Yes, they were nice enough (everybody in Canada is nice), but for those of us traveling back in steerage, they came around about as often as Obama visits Boehner in the tanning salon.

The evening dinner appeared to be leftovers from a third world prison. (Speaking metaphorically here, not from personal experience.) Like something out of Papillon or Midnight Express. I have no idea what was on that foil tray, or what it was in its original incarnation. But I know it had more past lives than the Dalai Lama.

Then for breakfast, they came through the aisle with muffins wrapped in cellophane, and tossed us each one of those. I’m pretty sure those muffins were imported from an Albanian brickyard and cement works. I’m gluten-free and didn’t eat it, so I didn’t break any teeth. But I did keep it – it makes a great door stop and boat anchor.

That was the entirety of the food service.

Evidently, something in that diabolical dinner waged nuclear war with my gut. By the time I got to Aarhus I was really sick. And within a few hours, whatever it was had taken control of my entire body. Especially my head. I felt sicker than I could remember being maybe ever. By the time I got to Helen’s guest apartment, all I could do was sleep, hit the bathroom, drink water, and sleep some more. It was awful.

This went on for three days until Saturday, the day of the main event. So I dragged myself out of bed and decided I needed help. I could barely talk, let alone sing. I put on all the clothes I had, went out into the Frozen Tundra, and walked to the gas station mini mart to get some cold medicine.

But they didn’t sell that there. They didn’t even sell aspirin. “In Denmark,” they said, “you have to go to a pharmacy.”

Fine. I figured out the bus route, waited out in the Siberian Wilderness for a bus, and rode downtown to find a pharmacy. At the pharmacy I got in line, waited my turn, and went to the counter. There was a nice Danish man there waiting to help me. This is how it went:

Me: “Do you speak English?”

Him: “Yes, everyone in Denmark speaks English.”

Me: “Great. I have a bad cold. Do you know what that is?”

Him: “Of course.”

Me: “I have to sing tonight at a party, and I need some cold medicine to alleviate my symptoms for awhile so I can try to sing.”

Him: “We don’t sell that here.”

Me: “You don’t sell what?”

Him: “Cold medicine. We don’t sell that.”

Me: “But this is a pharmacy. You have to sell cold medicine.”

Him: “I’m sorry, but we don’t sell that here.”

Me: “Alka-Seltzer Plus? Sudafed? Surely you have something like that?”

Him: “No, sorry. We don’t have that.”

Me: “So what do you do for people who have a terrible cold?”

Him: “We tell them to go to bed and sleep. You’ll feel better in about four days.”

That’s what he said. I’m not kidding.

Helpful Travel Tip:

Be advised there is no cold medicine in Denmark.

The thing is, on the rare occasion that I get a cold or flu, what he suggested is how I deal with it. I go to bed, don’t take any medicine, and sleep it off. So the one time I desperately need symptom relief, I can’t get any. That, my friends, is irony. Proof the Universe has a sense of humor.

As bad as I felt, I felt worse for Helen. She had paid all that money for me to be there, and although I did sing a few songs that night, my voice – to quote the great Leo Kottke – sounded “like geese farts on a muggy day.” It was embarrassing. It was pathetic.

The good news is I’ve learned my lesson. The next time I have a big decision, I will listen to my head, listen to my heart, then go with my gut.

And bring my own cold medicine.

© 2014 Greg Tamblyn

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Helen and daughter Freija (now a medical doctor) at the party:

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Flying Spaghetti Monster Strikes Again

As I may have mentioned, I come from a place called Kansas.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

It’s a state roughly in the middle of the United States. We’re mostly known for flatness, wheat, tornadoes, and of course: Dorothy and Toto.

Once upon a time Kansas was a fairly progressive place. It came into the union as a non-slavery state. (Lots of blood spilled over that.) Kansas also was a leader in the movement for a woman’s right to vote, and in school desegregation.

Somewhere along the line, however, Kansas started advancing to the rear, faster than you can say “Dick Cheney Hearts Halliburton.” If the opposite of progressive is regressive, Kansas became the poster child.

In the 1970s, for example, we had an attorney general who spent most of his time working really hard to make it illegal to buy an alcoholic drink on a plane flying at 30,000 feet over Kansas. (Even for the pilots!)

A few years ago, Kansas made international headlines when the state school board was taken over by Christian fundamentalists who wanted to teach Creationism in science classes.

This led to the joke that if math was taught like science in Kansas, 2+2=5 would be a “competing theory.”

Shameless plug: My brother Jeff made an award-winning documentary film about this event, called “Kansas Vs. Darwin.

At the time, a young physics graduate named Bobby Henderson wrote an open letter to the Kansas State School Board stating basically that if they were going to teach Creationism in the schools, then they needed to teach all religious creation stories, including his:

An invisible Flying Spaghetti Monster created the earth 5,000 years ago, then created it all over again the next day, because he was drunk and couldn’t remember he’d already done it. In addition, followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster call themselves Pastafarians.

There’s lots more, it’s satirical and funny, and it’s all on Wikipedia.

Fast forward to the point of this story.

Recently, a bright young woman, Shawna Hammond of Oklahoma (it’s just south of Kansas, if you’re not sure), took this to another level when she went to get her drivers license photo. She asked if she could wear her religious headgear in the photo, and was told she could.

She identified herself as a Pastafarian, put a colander on her head, and voila, her photo:



Kudos to Oklahoma for not making a fuss about this, and for Shawna Hammond for making Big Points with humor.

Freedom of Religion means freedom for all religions. And let’s please keep it out of the science classes.

Thank you. Your grades will be posted on the bulletin board Friday morning.

More on the story plus a video:

© 2014 Greg Tamblyn

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The Naked Bike Ride, Politics, & Music


“Clothes make the man.
Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

(Mark Twain)

Not once in my entire performing career have I had to take the stage following a naked bike ride.

But Saturday night in St. Louis, I did.

I was in town to do a show for a new political party. (More on that in a minute.) I got my gear set up, did a sound check, then walked outside to soak up a little summer evening air.

And right there on the street, right in front of my own personal eyes, breezing by me without a care in the world, laughing, smiling, cavorting, obviously enjoying themselves immensely, were hundreds (thousands?) of people riding bicycles on parade, in various stages of undress, including completely.*

* Approximately the entire rest of the population of St. Louis was on the sidewalk, watching.

I had several immediate thoughts:

  • Some of these people are naked!
  • Everybody looks really happy.
  • Tattoos and body paint CAN be useful.
  • A lot of body parts are jiggling.
  • What about chafing? Isn’t that a problem?
  • If you’re bald, nobody’s looking at your head.
  • I don’t see any police. Anywhere.
  • Am I really in Missouri? Seriously?
  • How come I’ve never heard of this?
  • If you’re wearing shoes but no clothes, does that count as naked?
  • When I get onstage, how the heck do I follow this?

The scene was so bizarre and crazy and fun, I could have watched it all night. Maybe this clothing-optional bike ride is a big annual thing in St. Louis, maybe even in other parts of the country, but I really didn’t ask about it. I wanted to keep it as an experience untethered to an explanation. Sort of like a UFO landing on your lawn.

Plus – and here’s the thing for me – I was minutes away from doing a concert for this new political party which (from everything I can glean) seems to be about Freedom On Steroids.

And what – I ask you – shouts “Freedom” louder than riding your bike naked through a large midwestern city smack dab in the Bible belt on a warm summer evening with thousands of other humans celebrating the bareness of skin!

I loved it. These two new experiences, back to back, seemingly unrelated, but for me, wired the way I am, there had to be a connection.

  • The politics of full disclosure?
  • They’re taking the clothes off our backs!
  • Let’s hear it for solar!
  • Healthcare is self-care. Ride a bike!
  • Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

[Add your own pithy slogan in the comment box below.]

So I got on stage and ad-libbed a short tune about never following a naked bike ride before, and did my best to live up to what is now my all-time favorite opening act.

Also, I did not remove any clothing.

* The new political group is called the Twelve Visions Party. I’ve read most of their platform, and I’ll be honest with you, it sounds more utopian than practical. But you can make up your own mind here.

** I’ve only written a couple of political songs, and I don’t do ‘em often, but I did unleash ‘em on Saturday night. Here they are:

No President Left Behind (video by Dave Clark)


Prostitution Is Illegal (video by Jeff Templin)

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© 2014 Greg Tamblyn

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Nice Writeup About Upcoming Show In New Jersey

Here’s a just-published article about a dinner and show next month in Asbury, New Jersey.

If you’re in that corner of the country, love to see you!

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St. Louis Comedy Concert – Saturday!

Missouri Friends,

Hope you found a cool spot on this hot July day!

Speaking of heat, I’ll be firing up some hot bits and cool tunes at the Casa Loma Ballroom this Saturday night. It’s a party!

It’s part of a big weekend gathering. The party part is open to everybody, and promises to be big fun.

I’ll kick it off with an hour-long show at 8pm, and some other folks will follow.

There might even be dancing. Cool

And it’s only 10 bucks!

And you know what else?

Free air conditioning for everybody!

So come cool your atoms and hit some hot notes on your happy meter.

Love to see you!



Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Casa Loma Ballroom

3354 Iowa @ Cherokee, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO

Price: $10

Culmination of St. Louis Gateway To Prosperity event.
Open to the public – everyone invited.
Big Saturday night party – kicked off by yours truly.
Click the link above for more info.

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Short Story – Happy Ending

I have a quick little Fathers Day story for you. Depending on your perspective, there are one or more happy endings.

It Started In Bali

In 2005 I co-hosted a group trip to Bali with my friend Jana Stanfield. Through Jana, our group connected with a girls orphanage there. We brought these young girls to our rather posh resort, and gave them a fun day of singing, swimming, and yes, lots of eating!

It was heartwarming to see how much the little bit we gave meant to them. We got all filled up with their joy, gratitude, and affection. We felt honored to be able to help. Many of us decided to “adopt” some of the girls financially.

The Right People at the Right Time

One of the couples in our group, Bill and Pat Taylor, were so moved by this they decided to do more. Bill is a retired consultant for non-profit groups, so he has a lifetime of expertise helping organizations maximize their resources.

Over the past 9 years, Bill and Pat have donated their time and know-how to get not just one, but several Bali orphanages into much better shape, serving more kids more effectively. These girls have way more hope and possibilities now than they did before. Many of them are even going to college. That’s not common in Bali.

Well, that’s one happy ending, but…

…Then It Took Off

Bill and Pat didn’t stop there. Other worthy groups in Asia heard about their good work and reached out to them. So Bill and Pat have expanded their service into other countries.

Bill makes a minimum of four trips a year to Asia to meet with, consult with, assist and supervise these organizations who are trying to do so much with so little.

He pays for all of this himself. He takes no money for his time and expenses.

Recently he’s been asked to take on a new project in Thailand for destitute women and children. Most of them are ethnic minorities. They’re young, sick, impoverished, uneducated, discriminated against, and ignored by their government.

A Fathers Day Gift

Bill reached out to me, asking if I might be able to help. So naturally, I thought of you.

Sometimes when you give money to a worthy cause, you hope it goes to the right place. You wonder if it does some good.

What I can tell you is that anything and everything donated to Bill and Pat’s Southeast Asia Children’s Fund goes directly into helping these women and children get healthier, happier, and learn marketable skills. Bill and Pat cover all administrative costs out of their own pocket.

I’ve known Bill and Pat for 15 years. I’ve stayed in their home many times and shared many meals with them. I’ve met their family. I can personally vouch for their integrity and motivation. They not only donate their time and energy, they’ve donated a considerable chunk of their savings.

I’m asking you – as a favor to me – to make a donation. Please help Bill and Pat assist these women and kids. You’ll make a huge difference. It’s also tax deductible.

A Thank You From Me

Okay, that’s one more possible happy ending. Here’s another, much smaller one.

Whatever amount you can give, I’d like to thank you with a free download of my new ebook, Normally Peculiar, plus four songs related to stories in the book. (This ebook is a revised edition of Atilla The Gate Agent.) If you haven’t read it or heard the songs, I’m pretty sure you’ll get at least a few hours enjoyment from them. And if you already have the book and songs, you can always pass them along to a friend. (Hopefully they’ll still be your friend afterward.)

You can download the ebook in any e-reader format, or as a pdf for computer.

The 4 songs included are:

  • I Thought I would Miss Her
  • Stand Like Mountain, Move Like Water
  • Proctor and Johnson’s Pills
  • Unconditional Love (The Story of Evy McDonald)

Just reply email me and let me know you donated. (It’s the honor system!) It will be my enormous pleasure to email you a coupon and a link to get the new ebook and the songs free. Please do it asap. I’ll keep this offer open for 10 days.

You could think of this is a Fathers Day gift to women and children who don’t have a father in their lives.

If each of us (all 5,253 on my mailing list) gave just $25, we could fund this entire project. If you can give more than that, fantastic.

Here’s the link to read about the Thailand Wildflower project and donate. I think you’ll find it inspiring. The donation info is at the bottom of the page:

If you have questions for Bill, you can email him at

Thanks – I hope to hear from you soon!



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