This ritual evolved from the work week schedules and the day job. We pay our dues through the use (or abuse) of our time at work and then…for our reward…we are given the Friday night moment. Hopefully in your eyes, this song reflects that moment.
Episode #541: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2017/12/01/episode-541-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax
Interview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio
Band Name: Sticky
I was born in Chicago in 1951…
I lived in the suburbs all my life. I’m married for 41 years with three children, one granddaughter and a grandson on the way. I retired from my day job in 2014 so now I am playing music full time. I have a recording studio at home where I do most of my writing.
I play live solo gigs, singing and playing guitar, and also play bass, piano and guitar with other people locally. I also picked up accordion along the way. We had one in our house when I was a kid.
I’ve been writing and recording songs since 1968. My wife bought me a piano for an anniversary gift way back in the 70’s. I tell stories with my music. The stories talk of life and glory ad other things. They are the telling of life experiences and truth.
Howlin’ At The Moon
This song is about..
the magic of Friday nights and how special they are to people. Everyone looks forward to them. We amp up in anticipation during the week and when Friday finally comes around we all celebrate. This ritual evolved from the work week schedules and the day job. We pay our dues through the use (or abuse) of our time at work and then…for our reward…we are given the Friday night moment. Hopefully in your eyes, this song reflects that moment.
The biggest influences on me when I was a kid were Elvis, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson. These were all musical influences on style. The biggest influences on me today are Gandhi, MLK & JFK. There influence was about truth & love.
I write songs using several different formulae. There is a different production process for each formula. An example of one formula is lyrics first, then add the music to the story. The process for this would be to tell the story, then pick up the guitar or sit at the piano and add the music to fit the mood of the story. It could be a happy, sad, thoughtful, or angry mood. Once that’s done, I go over it a few more times thinking about what picture it should paint when played by a band.
The common tool for any formula is brainstorming. I have a rule in the studio that I follow, “Unconditional acceptance of all input regardless of personal taste”. The rule keeps all doors open.
I live in…
Crystal Lake, Illinois, a small town northwest of Chicago. I don’t get into the city much these days. There’s a lot to do around here and O do my darnedest to live full days.
What are 3 things you’ve learned this past year..
1. Don’t wait too long
2. Stay away from bad things
3. Help yourself to life
“Find the song within you, be in the moment”.