It started in my parent's
living room, listening to Barry Manilow records. My family used
to listen to this wizard of hits and sing right along with him together.
It was an opportunity to get our voices loose and have some fun.
Then there was the day that I got a "45" of The Dave Clark
Five's called "Bits and Pieces"; I immediately fell in
love with Rock! I went to an Oak Ridge Boys concert in Seattle when
I was twelve and loved live performance, but I was remiss when I
didn't make it to the Stryper concert at Bellingham High when I
was in 9th grade. Then came the fascination with 50's and 60's rock,
which in the 80's was pretty en vogue. I sang a medley at the school
talent show with some friends and it went off pretty good. I tried
the choir, but was turned off by all the rules-blending=absolutely
nothing interesting or fun!
Then came U2, undoubtedly my biggest influence. I loved the emotion
in all of their songs-not singing of ridiculous relationships gone
wrong, but rather about hope and the uncertainty of youth. I love
U2 and believe they did the most to shape who I am. College brought
on infatuations with Jane's Addiction, The Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden.
I spent most of my time studying Soundgarden's style-I loved it!
Power and fury within the confines of melodic music-wonderful. Then
came the Led Zepplin, Doors, and James Brown phase. All three of
these were instrumental in getting me through college and helping
me to develop a style of my own. Finally, I have recently been pretty
impressed with the female artists which have risen up like Sheryl
Crow, Sarah McLaughlin, PJ Harvey, Luscious Jackson, and The Corrs.
I saw many shows after college began and became enamored with the
idea of performing. I love bands, guys or girls with acoustic guitars,
and some funky rhythm to accompany it.
Music should move people, but the world is a difficult place now
as we expect to be entertained by the look of the band more than
the sound of the band. I love to sit and hear the feel of the band.
A lot of good music out there now-and I am so glad to be part of
it! Escape Mediocrity and spread out!
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#1-Age 16-50's, 60's crew
#2-Age 17-U2 cover Band-sang "Bad", and "Running
to Stand Still"
#3-Age 19-Cain's Libido-Drummer/Singer/Sonwriter
#4-Age 21-Gypsy Sandcastle-Drummer/Singer/Songwriter
#5-Age 23-Black-Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic Guitar
#6-Age 30-Middle Eight-Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic Guitar