February brings some new faces to the Inspired Mic at Leroy’s 19th Hole, the Country Club restaurant and bar for the Cypress Knoll Golf Course in Palm Coast. In the coming two weeks this site will display the presenters who will be on stage on February 17th. With two months under our belt at Leroy’s, we feel we have the recipe for an even better event this month! We are excited about our growth and the community’s interest in local talent. Please check back each day for a little insight into our Inspired Mic Event presenters!
Does surviving 50 years as a member of a successful rock and roll band qualify one as having something to say about choosing rock music for a career? Neil Young is famous for saying “it is better to burn out than fade away”. When I was much younger, probably the same age as he was when he said that, I may have agreed. Now, however, I couldn’t disagree more! If we had all followed his advice there would be no one around to write first person books about life in the rock and roll fast lane.
So now I made the journey from having survived the first 45 years in the biz to collecting my thoughts and with the amazing help of my co-writer Tony Moss and my publisher ECW Press, gathered it all up in my book: Hotter Than A Match Head, life on the run with the Lovin’ Spoonful.
The Lovin’ Spoonful was not cut from the same cloth that most bands are in as that we combined some rather unusual musical influences with typical youthful enthusiasm for beat music and were there at the birth of what we now call folk/rock.
My background was a little more contemporary in that I had a very middle class upbringing in fairly upscale communities giving me a look a both sides of life in America in the 1950’s. America the country was bursting at the seams in the 50’s and one of the threads in those seams was the birth of rock music. A prosperous middle class was booming and the children of that class were becoming very curious about life without sacrifice. WWII and Korea were behind us and the mood of that middle class was ready for change.
When first I heard of this new music was from listening to what my older brother Skip was playing on his newly acquired 6 string guitar. Bill Haley and the Comets had a song on the radio called “Rock Around the Clock” and soon after we heard from those “little Sun Records from Nashville” as John Sebastian so mistakenly called the home of such great recording artists as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and of course Elvis which was of course Memphis.
By the late 1950’s I had moved to Long Island , New York from St. Augustine, Fl and Skip had already been to Nashville to record with Chet Atkins. In 1960 a terrible car wreck put a guitar in my recovering hands and in just 5 years on I would be the co-writer of a top 10 hit record my self: You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice with my band the Lovin’ Spoonful and the rest of the story is well covered in my book.
I almost did burn out on several occasions but am so glad that the cosmos had plans unforeseen, for the ride has been incredible, join me and see if you don’t agree!