WHERE WE GO ONE, WE GO ALL! Q
If you knew my entire story......you wouldn't believe most of it. I didn't start out with any
NATURAL ability! I started singing in church youth group choirs at 16! That led to band gigs as first back-up, then lead vocals....some of the things that have happened to me over the years....wow! Did lead vocals for a Pontiac, Mi. based band that became the warm-up opening act for a then not-too-well-known up and coming young rocker named Bob Seger! We did it free for the exposure....through Bob, I met a few of his friends and they became MY friends.....Mitch (Ryder), Burt (Burton Cummings!), and Johnny (John Fogarty!) Mitch founded the Detroit Wheels, Burt was lead vocals for the Guess Who, and Johnny was Lead vocals/front man for Creedence Clearwater Revival. Through these guys contacts our band actually scored a recording contract and cut a demo tape , because of their contacts with a well-connected Detroit area DJ! However, it all fell apart when an accident involving our lead guitarist, whose dad was our manager, couldn't play anymore-they both walked away, while at the same time I met and fell in love with the girl who would be at my side for the next 46 years, and my life took a completely different direction! Yeah, there were other bands, entertainment gigs on a few cruise ships, etc. over the years, and some other stories....but I'll save that for another time!
Anyway, through all the years I managed to stay in touch with these guys.....whenever they were in town or gigging nearby, I was always invited to get together with them. One time they were all together at a Rock Festival on the Detroit River, and invited me to hang with 'em. The five of us went to this VERY prestigious Restaurant on the riverfront, and people were comin' up to us asking for autographs-and they were asking me for MINE!!!!! (One girl looked at my autograph, and said "Who are YOU?" "Nobody!" I replied! Only time THAT ever happened!If you remember ONE thing from here, remember THIS: The only thing that separates mediocrity from excellence is PRACTICE! I'm just a mediocre guy who's practiced his ASS off for decades! LOL!!!!
I'm CLASSIC ROCK clear through to the marrow in my bones!!! (If it was made AFTER 1989, there's a REAL good chance I don't know it-or CARE to! LOL!!) Nowadays I'm a DJ/KJ, and occasionally sing at weddings..(yeah, I'm a Wedding Singer! LOL!) but mostly KJ-ing Private Parties and company events-picnics, holiday parties- both up here in Mi. and in the Tampa/St.Pete/Clearwater area. A great supplement to my retirement income!
Been on here in one incarnation or another since '08! I use this site primarily as a practice venue. To my old and dear friends- Mitch, Bobby, Burt and Johnny- I'll see you guys in Boulder later this year! Just stayin' warm down here in T.B. for the winter!! PS: to those of you (and you KNOW you are, Dahlings!) on here who HATE me, but LOVE me too (and LISTEN CONSTANTLY!)but never comment so as not to "give yourself away".....CHILLAX! Life's too SHORT for DRAMA!!!!! G.O.I.!!!!! LOL!!!!! LIFE IS GOOD!! ROCK ON, STAY WARM, AND STAY TANNED!!!!! WHERE WE GO ONE, WE GO ALL!!! Q