I asked Inspired Mic presenters to send me a little something about themselves and what they write. I gave them free reign to pick and choose material about themselves that would be informative and promotional. As The Inspired Mic grows, potential audience participants would like to know something about those who steel their nerves and get up in front of a live audience to present their creativity. In the following days leading up to the October 21st event, each of the October readers who send me their info will be In the Spotlight:
A serious accident in the Boone family kitchen nearly killed my younger brother Charlie and eventually was the reason that my family moved to St. Augustine, Fl in 1954. Charlie’s burn’s from scalding cooking water needed experimental skin graft surgery and to facilitate healing a move from the Pocono Mts to a more humid climate was called for by his doctors.
By co-incidence our grandfather Boone was retiring to St. Augustine, Fl where he had spent prior winters and had us down over Easter break at those times so I was very prepared for the move. St. Augustine was the perfect recovery zone for Charlie and launching pad for me as I learned how to sail and developed a deep love for the music I was hearing my older brother Skip play in his band the Blue Suedes which was one of the first rock bands in NE Florida.
Sailing and music then became my primary focus with a career in the Marine Corps my future. A terrible car wreck at age 16 put an end to those plans but serendipity placed a guitar in my hands while recovering from those injuries and by age 19 I was myself playing in a rock band with Skip.
After a boyhood ending motorcycle trip around Europe in 1964 serendipity once again became my guide and a chance meeting with two similar travelers led me to being a member of the folk rock band Lovin’ Spoonful. After 3 years of non stop tours and recordings which produced 7 top 10 songs and 2 of which were co-written by me, I opted out of the rock rat race and bought a sailboat and moved to the Caribbean.
I have been gifted with some very nice talents but singing was never one of them so a solo career was not going to be on my horizon. Writing though was my perfect outlet and I soon found my self writing constantly on the boat and upon returning to shore side living set out to finish my book.
Moving back to Florida provided me with the opportunity to write stories about Florida’s rich and colorful history which were published in S. Florida weekly journals. Now with my book: Hotter Than A Match Head, Life on the Run with the Lovin’ Spoonful released and available on line and in book stores, I already find myself looking forward to a next book which will feature photography, my hobby and history, my passion and the fabulous story behind the coastal and inland waterways of Florida under 5 flags of Spanish, French, British, Spanish again and finally US with the Civil War thrown in for good measure.