Bob Prince: guitapick gits a pick

January 16th, 2009

Bob Prince, a/k/a guitapick, has been a member of Macjams since January 18, 2007, although, to me, it seems longer, since his friendly way and neighborly manner (he lives not far from me) is timeless. As is his guitar playing and sense of grace. I also got a kick out of his monicker and asked where it came from…

That’s a good starting point and I’ll be happy to answer:

The true origin of my august namesake: “git a pick” – as in: “I’m gonna git a pick so we can jam”. With the accent on the “pick” or the “git”. I threw in the “u” because that’s what I’m picking… Read the rest of this entry »

Mikki Nylund: Love Revolutionary

December 30th, 2008

Mikki Nylund, know to Macjammers as mikkinylund, is among the most inventive songwriters on the site. He lyrics plow new ground, continually surprise as well as prick the conscience. He tries his hand at nearly every music genre, depending on what the concept of his latest song requires. I look forward to every post, knowing he will bend and twist some aspect of my expectation.

Like several MJers, he is also a visual artist. He studied art at two major art schools back in Scandinavia, then turned to writing and studied at a writing school. Mikki’s winding life path has gone through many places, many phases. An interesting read. But it has always involved music. As he says, “I’ve been involved in various music, arts and writing projects since I was about 7 years old. Music has always been a part of everything I did and do, even on such a simple level as taking shower. Today I am determine to continue working on my dreams and visions, and have many different, interesting and challenging projects. I can more than ever see how art, writing, music and life goes hand in hand.”

I’ve also noticed that much of his music has to do with love as a revolutionary force. And, incidentally, socialism. I ask him to expound on this a bit…

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Christmas Special

December 8th, 2008

Holiday Special (Christmas) – some holiday songs from the archives. Please add your MJ holiday favorites to the comments section below. (I know I’ve missed many great tunes…) Read the rest of this entry »

Tobin Mueller – Talking With Myself

September 11th, 2008

Tobin Mueller is a long-time MJ member, one of the first to sign on. He has amassed the highest onsite participation point total to date (including 4640 comments), and, as an ardent MJ advocate, was sole Moderator up until last week (when he retired from that position). Tobin has released 4 albums since he’s been a member of MJ, and was involved in 15 recordings prior in his career.

He’s had 5 musicals produced on the New York stage (plus several more produced elsewhere), has written 2 novels and 1 political philosophy text, 3 poetry collections, numerous magazine articles, 2 symphonies, 1 ballet, and has recently begun selling his photography. (Additional career highlights below.)

Deeply involved in the international environmental movement, Tobin helped plan U.N. events from 1989-1994, composed the theme song for the 1992 Global Youth Forum, and his traveling theatre troupe was inducted into the United Nations’ Global 500 Roll of Honor in 1994.

Tobin is the founder of the artists’ collaborative site, ArtsForge.com, his first foray into online collaborative projects (more on that below). He’s a Dramatist Guild member (NYC), member of ASCAP, and has been involved in dozens of stage productions as director, musical director, musical contractor, and/or performer. Although he used to play nearly every instrument, he has concentrated on piano and organ in recent decades. He’s used Macs since they were invented…

So, Tobin, you’re the guy who writes these blog interviews?

Yes. And after hearing so many cool stories from other people, I kind of wanted to tell some of my own.

I guess most people won’t mind. You are a full-time musician?

Well, more of a full-time “artistic entrepreneur.” I consider myself a composer first, musician second, because that’s what I’ve spent the most time doing. I’ve made my largest chunks of money from musical theatre (scripts, music, lyrics), often in combination as the musical director of my own shows. Actually, I never know where my income will come from 6 months down the road, but it always works out. Read the rest of this entry »

Jazz – vol. 6

September 10th, 2008

Jazz on Macjams – vol 6 features more recent jazz, from standards to fusion to experimental… Read the rest of this entry »

Showtunes

September 5th, 2008

A sampling of Showtunes from the MacJams archives: Read the rest of this entry »

Comedy/Satire Samplings

September 4th, 2008

A sampling of Comedy/Satire songs from the MacJams archives. Read the rest of this entry »

Folk/Acoustic Rock – vol. 19

September 3rd, 2008

Folk/Folk Rock Music – Vol. 19 - featuring more contemporary folk, folk-rock and acoustic rock. Please feel free to drop me a note if you have ideas to add to this list or add song page URLs to the comments section below… Read the rest of this entry »