JadeWeb : What is your first musical memory ?
I remember listening to some early 80’s power ballad on the
radio in the car on my way to preschool. I’m not sure exactly which
song, but I was very moved by it emotionally at the time. I also remember
my dad listening to bluegrass music when we went on family vacations
to lake michigan.
artist or song has "affected" your childhood ?
are many. The first was probably michael jackson. my mother wouldn’t
allow to watch the "thriller" video when it came out, but I snuck
over to a friends house and watched it anyway. it really freaked me
you think of working in music ? What did you really want to become
start considering a future in music until a bit later, maybe when
I was in my teens. When I was very young I wanted to be an ice cream
man. It seemed like the coolest job, but I’ve since learned that there
are much better jobs to be had.
there any disturbing or nice sounds that have "affected" your childhood ?
distinctly remember the sound of cars pulling into our driveway as
a kid. The end of our driveway was gravel so the sound was from the
car tires pressing against the rocks. Usually I would see light from
the car’s headlights come through my bedroom window and then hear
your parents give you a musical education ?
guitar lessons for a few years starting when I was about 10. My teacher
was a guy named Robert Reese who was a blues guitarist. We mostly
did improvisational blues stuff together where one of us would play
the other soloed over top. it was a lot of fun.
you tell us about a musical memory of your childhood (a concert, a
When I was about 13 I was in a band with my brother and 7 other kids.
the band specifically to play a battle of bands at the high school
and we put
on this really elaborate show with props and strobe lights and a smoke
machine. It turned out that the judges left before the end of the
we never found out who won.
childhood "Top 5"
probably changed week to week throughout my childhood. but if
me when I was in 8th grade I would’ve said :
Hot Chili Peppers