Yikes this is where I put all the self indulgent experiences that convince you that I'm real and know what I'm talking about. Ha, none of us are experts but here we go.
I grew up in a small town, Manitowoc WI along Lake Michigan. Sixth child of 7 to a family that really just made do from paycheck to paycheck but we never thought we were poor, and all of us grew up with pretty good self esteem. Music was always a part of my life, mostly top 40 stuff, and my first vinyl that was a present was the Beatles "Revolver" record. The family loved to watch Johnny Cash and Hee Haw.
Formative music years they say happen in your late teens, at that point I was learning guitar and had a friend Kent Aubry teach me Michael Murphy's "Wildfire" and I absorbed tab books on the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett and Harry Chapin. Folky yes but pop music was great back then and I still loved a little ELO, Allman Bothers, Edgar Winter White Trash and Mott the Hoople.
Next in my development was meeting Lori who would become my life partners the next 40+ years, and we merged on tastes in music and we adventured out to live music and folk festivals. Our honeymoon was even at the Winnipeg Folk Fest where we saw many acts, but the only time we ever saw Stan Rogers.
Work life moved me to the other side of the state and I worked at WinCraft from 1985 until my retirement in May of 2022. If you want to see me age over the years, just watch a few of the videos in this playlist