About Me & This Blog

I feel like a quote out of context
Withholding the rest
So I can be for you what you want to see
I got the gesture and sound
Got the timing down
It’s uncanny, yeah, you think it was me
Do you think I should take a class
To lose my Southern accent?
Did I make me up, or make the face till it stuck
I do the best imitation of myself

 “Best Imitation of Myself”, Ben Folds Five

IMG_0571Welcome to my blog!  Thank you for looking this far.  My name is Greg Fowler. I’m a writer, musician, artist, endurance athlete, dad and husband.

Several years ago, I dabbled with a couple of blogs.  There was one about becoming a runner at age forty which garnered over 12,000 views – http://PalmettoStateRunner.com.

And there was this one, The Key of GF,  which maybe three people knew about and had almost no views.  Some “experts” said to focus on one blog and stay specialized, so I only promoted the one about running, and I probably didn’t do it well.  I definitely didn’t do it consistently.

Then, in 2014, I retired my running blog.  Turns out, I probably should have called it MediocreMiddleAgedMarathonMan.com to more accurately reflect my running ability. I still run a lot. I just don’t write as much about it.

Key of GF Version 2

After retiring PalmettoStateRunner.com, more than one person encouraged me to keep writing.   Said they actually enjoyed my writing.  While I didn’t intend to stop writing,  I just didn’t know what direction to go.  After the encouragement, I decided to keep at it with the The Key Of GF blog in a revised form.

KogLogo2Quick music lesson: a key in music is a group of notes that make up a scale .

Originally, I intended this blog be about music.  I planned to share my experience of trying to further my piano abilities some thirty years since my last lesson.  (Short version:  frustrating but rewarding.) I also had some other music stories to share (heavily ’80’s influenced, of course). So, the Key Of GF blog was born – posts (notes) from me (GF).

Now going forward, the new version will have more topics than just music.  Another music lesson : chords are groups of notes and keys have chords called major and minor.

In this blog, I’ll focus mostly on my major topics (chords) of interest, like my pursuit of qualifying for the Boston Marathon or revisionist history versions of stories from my past that shaped who I am. Sometimes, life events will necessitate a series of posts, like the time my triathlete son lost a car vs. bicycle collision.

I’ll also put out the occasional post on other topics –  the minor stuff.  For you music experts, I know there are diminished chords, too, but I don’t plan on writing about my diminished capacities!

Hopefully, I’ll make you laugh.  Perhaps, I’ll make you cry. I might even try to make you shake your head and think that boy ain’t right.  We’ll see.

This kind of sums up the blog right here, complete with some ’80’s lyrics:

Our memories of yesterday will last a lifetime
We’ll take the best, forget the rest
And someday we’ll find these are the best of times

-“The Best of Times”, Styx

If this has you intrigued, poke around the site. Feel free to read and/or comment. If you think you might be interested in receiving email updates to the blog, use the sign up box on the right side of the page to subscribe.  You’ll receive a free download of an e-book I compiled from the PalmettoStateRunner blog.

Thanks for reading.  See you soon,




PS – The signature above is something I invented in my youth to sign my art work.  It’s a combination of a cursive G and F.  I now sign my posts with it, too.