And in the beginning…
Divine greetings to you and welcome to my first ever music blog, where, approximately once a week, in my own words, I will post a new entry.
First, I will share my perspectives and perceptions of the musical world from back in the day till now. As I have devoted my entire life to my art since I was a child and have been in the music business since the 1970’s, I feel that I have a unique and original perspective to share about music/art, culture and the music business.
I also intend on setting the record straight. So much of what has been reported as factual and truthful regarding both the Chicago scene as well as my own experiences as a performer has been stated in inaccurate terms. As a lot of revisionist history has been going on of late, people deserve to know the truth — not the revised “truth” that feels good to the person dispersing the information, but simply what really happened. Since I didn’t drink or get high back then, (and didn’t allow my band to do so either) they and I really do remember, LOL!
In this blog, you are welcome to get to know the real me as the being that I am, not the distortions of what have been propagated about me. From my first day in kindergarten till today, it has been a rough and tumble ride as who I am authentically as both a person and an artist has caused many love / hate reactions. The rejection, violent attempts against me and misrepresentations of who I am have all helped to make me a better person – one of deepened compassion and unconditional love for everyone. The rejection of all tribes forces me into having no peer group whatsoever — therefore, it is only me who is accountable to me, which allows me to be nothing other than completely free. I belong nowhere, therefore, I belong everywhere.
Even though I’m unattached as to how I’m perceived by anyone, I am attached to the fact that all people deserve to expect that what they’re reading, seeing or hearing is correct, especially when it is passed off as “history.” I love Chicago and gave my heart, soul and body to put it on the map as a great world class forward thinking musical city. Since the Chicago punk scene was not historically documented when it originally happened, much of what is being said now is incomplete and not told factually.
Since it is a historical fact that I was performing in Chicago since February 1976 before there was any Chicago punk scene at all and performed consistently both nationally and internationally from then till October 1, 1994, I can offer the absolutely unique and wonderful perspective of seeing Chicago transform from a very conservative music city before 1976 to becoming of one of the most progressive musical meccas in the world back then, alongside New York, Los Angeles and London! Since I performed at CBGB’s in New York as early as April 1977, the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles in February 1978 and in London in front of an angry mob of 45,000 in July of 1980, I experienced these cities first hand, not only as a performer, but as someone who was a part of the collective.
In addition, I look forward to sharing behind the scenes stories with you that have never been told before. It is thrilling for me to be able to hopefully put you there! I am quite excited to be able to offer special tips to other musicians, on both an artistic and business level. As so much of my career has been plagued by career altering business decisions outside of my control to life threatening occurrences, it is my sincerest hope to offer suggestions and tips to other artists to make their journey easier and more successful. Since I began teaching music to children (many of whom have been handicapped) in the inner city of Chicago beginning in late 1983, early 1984, I have devoted virtually every day of my life to serving others and it gives me profound joy to see others grow and succeed!
Since I started classical piano with a brilliant blind piano teacher when I was six, to beginning to play professionally at age 9, to making my Chicago debut in February 1976 when I was 19, it has been a tremendously painful and difficult, yet ultimately transformational and enlightening journey; one of intense psychological healing and spiritual growth for over three decades. I am now filled with bliss and gratitude for all that has happened and joyously unattached to whatever outcomes may or may not occur. As this is still a work in progress, hopefully, there will be countless more installments of this story to come. I wish to share this journey with you – as it actually happened and as it now unfolds.
© 2008 Skafish