Back to the Future...The most vivid memories of my teenage years in the 60's are all associated with music.
I remember hauling out my Gibson Melody Maker (cherry red) and Gibson amp (with tremolo!) into the living room to play Ghost Riders in the Sky as my parents showed off the proud result of their investment in guitar lessons. It was 1965 and I was 13 years old and I dug it - that was cool.
I leaned toward the acoustic guitar and had an early fascination with classical guitar, but I remember what a big sound the guys in the dance bands at the school got with their electric guitars and basses and drums. My first garage band practiced songs by the hot band of the time - the Monkees - as we all learned what it was like to play together.
I formed a sort of Peter, Paul and Mary clone with a couple of friends in Junior High and capped off my high school music career with a 33 1/3 LP we recorded in the band and choir room with some friends. Half of the music was original and the rest was folk tunes of the day.
There is a picture and description of the band in a book called Rock and Roll and the Cleveland Connection, which is available on Amazon and at the rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
|Ron plays Lute - 1979|
Fast forward through 40 years of teaching college and working in the business world - mostly with digital audio and video. Whatever else I did for a living, music was always there in the background and I've managed to continue to play and write.
|Classical guitar on the rocks - Escondido|
What has been rare for me these last few years is the direct interaction with a live audience, and that is why I'm launching this Blog and my new music website - to have a conversation with my audience (that's you if you've read this far) and help get the word out to come hear a live show!
Social media has really changed the way we interact and learn about each other. I read a great book recently called Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk that helps explain how to reach your audience directly using the Web and how drastically social media has changed the game. I highly recommend it.
As I plunge once again into the joys (and occasional weirdness) of being a performing musician in the 21st century, I'll keep you posted with this blog and my website at http://www.ronfranklinmusic.com
Know of a great venue for live music? Let me know and I'll see if we can connect. I look forward to getting back on stage and playing live. Hope to see you out there!