What a weekend! I’m really gonna show my age here. Growing up, I have always been a music oriented person. I mean, I can’t remember what I did last week, but I can remember every song from the 70’s and 80’s! I have often said I can do without television, but not my music. My stereo rarely is turned off. Music has always been (and still is) an important part of my life.
I had a dream come true on Saturday. I got to meet and interview the band Foghat. For those of you who don’t know them, I bet you know one of their biggest hits, “Slow Ride.” Some others are “Fool for the City” and “I just want to make love to you.” Even young people usually know “Slow Ride” because it is on Guitar Hero. I am pretty sure I still have their Foghat Live 8-track boxed up somewhere.
Foghat, along with Blue Oyster Cult, were at Magic Springs this weekend and thanks to Tom Mix I was able to go down there and meet and interview them. To quote Roger Earl, founding member and drummer of the band, “Any friend of Tom’s is a friend of ours.” That’s a pretty nice compliment in my book. These guys, most of whom have been together 20+ years, are still rocking it like they were in their 20’s. Considering Earl is 72, that is saying a lot! Foghat has been performing for 40 years. That, to me, is amazing. The interview will be in the next The Sun Times on the Lake and River magazine, scheduled for publication in October. The theme this time is Music. There will be stories of our local musicians, including interviews with Jon Randy, who was awarded Sound Engineer of the Year at the Arkansas Country Music Awards and whose grandfather, Wayne, was given a Lifetime Achievement award that same night (posthumously). If you don’t know, the Raney’s have a recording studio in Drasco. I spent a morning out there talking with Jon and I have no doubt why he received that award. Impressive what he does with music.
One of the things I love about my job is getting to meet people like Raney and Foghat. Of course, I’ve met plenty of people who aren’t as famous as them. I’ve met some who are genuinely awesome people, who have overcome tragedy in their lives as well. I love getting the chance to tell their story too.
I love human interest stories. In the last five years I’ve churned out literally 1-2 thousand stories, many of them were the human interest variety. I’ve managed to be able to capture the people’s essence of who they are and share their story with the world. It never ceases to amaze me the people who read my work. I’ve gotten letters from Canada and one story I wrote was seen by a man in Beijing, now that will humble you in a minute.
This column is an insight in to me. So when people tell me they really like it, I have flattered and amazed. I just say it is about my crazy life. The fact people like it, well, I’m speechless, and I thank you for your support. This column won me third place in The Best of Gatehouse not to long ago too. It isn’t easy putting out a weekly column, but I’ve done it since December, 2013. I’ve only missed maybe half dozen in that time, not too shabby.
Thanks to Tom Mix for setting the interview up, I appreciate it!
Until next time...