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This is a way for us to share and to find out a little more background on everyone! At this time no more interviews will be posted. Please bare with us until Keef can find the time to create a self posting interview page for the newcomers to use. I want to personally thank all the contributors thus far that have completed the interviews.

The Interviews

Interview with Brains & Some Beauty

Instruments You Can Play:

None, not even the Flute-A-Tone

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

Ever since I can remember I have always loved and appreciated music. I was in awe of my Uncle who could sing and play guitar and I remember sitting on his knee at the age of 5 listening to him and having him help me strum the guitar.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

I like all kinds of music from Classical, to Jazz, to Rock & Roll, to R&B. The only type of Music I do not care for is Rap but then I cant even call that music.

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

I would have to say that my favorite music is the good old
rock and roll of the 80's.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

Meeting all the great people on Pal Talk and listening to them night after night in total awe of them.

Meeting DaBigDawg up close and in person. Having him sit in my living room singing and playing live.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

My cousin called me up one night and said forget M-Player, try out this new program and the rest is history.

Which song is your favorite to perform:

I dont perform. Thank God!

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Be able to carry a tune. lol

But in all sincerity, Follow your dreams but be realistic, and if you set your mind to it, the sky is the limit.

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

If there is anything else ya'll want to know, just ask. I don't bite! 8-)

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Interview with Nebraska Jim

Instruments You Can Play:

guitar, violin harmonica i mess around with piano and mandolin and dream of some day mastering the gazoo

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

My whole family plays. My mothers side particularly. My parents met playing music on the radio in the 50s. When the Beatles came in my brother learned and taught me when his friends moved away. If i didnt keep time he kicked the shit out of me. I was 12 i guess.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

Old rock and Blues. If i have to i can do country since I'm from TX and thats what my parents played.

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

Crosby Nash and Young. James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Leon Red bone and Willie Leadbetter. CCR- old blues players i grew up around in East Texas.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

I've played in a few bars. Had a USO tour in Korea in the 80s when my voice was smooth. In fact i sang a duet with Suzanne Summers. I had a band in Italy. I lived there 4 years. the members changed constantly. We loved it. Drank a lot of beer for free playing in bars there.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

I was in Firetalk and people told me if i played guitar try Paltalk. the rest is history. I got tired of hearing kareokee and peoples little kids sing. I started a room for musicans only. The format caught on quickly.

Which song is your favorite to perform:

Trouble in mind. Its a Ledbetter tune from the 30s. I've been doing it since Korea days in 1980. Folks seem to really respond to it.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Keep your day job. Study hard. Learn to read music( i don't). Do it for yourself first or you will just have your heart and feelings hurt.

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

get a decent instrutment you enjoy playing and take care of it. play with other people as much as you can. You will learn that way quicker than any other. And have fun. Playing naked helps too!

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Interview with MAC

Instruments You Can Play:

Guitar / Bass

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

hmmm.... I guess I was 16 when I started playing... was about 23 when I started playing seriously. Just wanted to be a rock-n-roll star... lol...

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

Pop. Beatles, Mellencamp, Clapton, anything that sounds cool to me!

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

John Mellencamp and Paul McCartney Definately! Great song writers, great singers, great performers.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

I've played in several bands and acoustic duos. Made a little bit of money, got drunk many times, made many friends, had fun! A lot of fun!

What brought you to Pal Talk:

I wanted to look at naked women. No kidding... what a surprise the music rooms were. You guys are all great!

Which song is your favorite to perform:

Here comes the sun, Blackbird, LA Freeway... there are too many.. I really don't have one favorite.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Don't try to be a star. Just enjoy yourself and have a good time. and Practice Practice Practice!!!!!!!!

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

The funniest thing happened to me when I discovered the music rooms on PalTalk.. I picked up my guitar and started playing again. I hadn't really played it in a couple of years. I can't express what joy the rooms have brought to me.. Thanks!

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Interview with Planet Fish

Instruments You Can Play:

Guitar,Bass,(Some Drums)

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

I was influenced by KISS in my early life and then from there about a million other songwriters/bands music opened up to me to listen to. I started actually writing songs after writings thousands of pages of poetry and thinking how great it would be if I can put some of these lyrics to music.I was 24 then.6 years ago.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

Very unorthodox guitar and bass player and even singer for that matter. At first, I never thought I would keep wanting to do this. Everytime I made an attempt to let go of my music for a short while or so, an almost magnetic feeling would pull me back to it. That feeling is my guitar playing and singing and writing. I am not a schooled musician in any way, shape or form like some of these other amazing talents out there. It used to get intimidating around all these other musician's. Now Im just like fuck it these feelings are real expressions everytime I play and I love how it feels everytime. Just you just go with the feeling I guess. If my music makes people happy then that's just as important to me.

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

From Kiss to Neil Young to Seals & Crofts to The Deftones to Everclear to QOSA to Our Lady Peace To STP...etc etc etc ---I mean that's a really really long list!

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

Again to feel happy with songwriting and playing and giving a piece of my heart to the person who listens to my songs. Nothing could be more powerful than that, in the meaning of success.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

I actually found it by accident on the web from someone and thought holy shit I should have been here sooner what an amazing way to hear live music from people Ive never heard
before on a global level.

Which song is your favorite to perform:

"In Less than One Day" (Original)

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Even if this has been said before and might sound cliche...
Follow the feeling your heart gives you!

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

I think every songwriter/musician Ive heard out here is pretty amazing in their own way.

Some doing originals some covers but all unique in his/her sound. I would like to say thanks to everyone for making me feel welcome everytime I play. Music will always keep the world pure. Peace and love to all of you.

-Planetfish

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Interview with NapsterCom

Instruments You Can Play:

guitar / keyboards /bass

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

very young got first drum set at 5

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

rocknroll -funk-blues

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

jimi page - ronnie montrose-david gilmour- and many great people on paltalk stringer_3 and company

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

well as i look back in time i remember when i would say this is to hard i will never be able to make this guitar talk, but now it wont shut up

What brought you to Pal Talk:

fatal error 420 friend told me about it

Which song is your favorite to perform:

telephone song

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

get cable 56k is slow

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

brains and beauty you ever take a day off `_`


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Interview with Stringer_3

Instruments You Can Play:

guitar / a little keyboards, enough to capture what's needed for recordings etc / sequenced sounds and midi /

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

What a question..can't ever rememeber not playing around with things that made a sound. Seriously went for guitar lessons at the age of 12 yrs and drove all my family mad whilst learning the electric guitar. Adored the days of youth and the start of all this and would not change any of it for the world.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

This is always a problem area for me deciding a genre. So different really. The truth is I really don't know!!! Every song I write seems to be so different in it's self which creates so much interest for me.

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

So many indeed....I admire everyone who is creative and allow themselves to surface. Just so many over the years...

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

Played the Pubs and Clubs from around 1978 to 1990 and then returned in 1993 for 6 yrs as a solo/guitar/vocalist. Local radio station interview in 1998.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

A friend nearby introduced me to Pal Talk, since then I've never looked back, such a fine achievment this software is......long live Pal Talk...

Which song is your favorite to perform:

To be honest I haven't got one, that's got to be weird. No, just enjoy doing them all. But after saying that .... stringer_3 can be sort of weird....lol

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

I'd tell them not too..lol There's so much big competition out there today and the fact is if he or she doesn't mind getting hurt a few times pursue it, but don't think it's an easy life "stardom this and stardom that" far from it. Just love what you can do with your abilities, life's too short to do anything else. Oh, and you must certainly be yourself, never be a "copy cat" let yourself shine out, you must do this to be original.

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

What ever stage your musical ability is at you must be content, but never satisfied. There is an important reason for this, for you to learn by your mistakes and keep getting better, oh and always enjoy what your doing, the minute your not enjoying what your doing stop, and find out why. Best wishes to all.

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Interview with Moon7Godess

Instruments You Can Play:

none unfortunately

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

I have always loved to sing, and listen to wonderful music! For the joy it brings your soul...

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

Blues, Folk,Rock, anything that has wonderful lyrics!

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

Beatles,John Denver,Dylan,Everclear,Aerosmith,Bread, and Bette Midler

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

Sang choir in High school Solo in musical and hundreds of Girl Scout singing sessions!

What brought you to Pal Talk:

A good friend and the closure of Mplayer

Which song is your favorite to perform:

"You are my sunshine"

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Go for it, if it feels good it is!

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

Smile and enjoy life its the only one we get!


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Interview with FreeFalling_2

Instruments You Can Play:

guitar,mandolin,banjo,tin whistle,harmonica

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

had my first guitar at the age of 4 , thought hey this is a cool toy and makes noise too. When I was 10 I got a guitar that you could actually tune hahaha and had 3 guitar lessons and gave up. I was in australia in 88 and a friend had a guitar and showed me a few chords so thought cool I can make some more noise yeahhhhhhhhhhh.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

I like ta think its a cross-cultural mix of Irish folk, american folk and southern blues with maybe a little rock thrown in. Kinda heinz 57 really

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

I think Bob Dylan, has been the strongest influence, but I like a wide variety of music, and like to change things around and do an elton John song Dylan style and a simon and garfunkle song freefallin style.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

At christmas I was playing some music in a bar when some guy asked me if I could play my guitar and sing for a few people at a fund raising event. I said sure what the hell. So the week before he reminded me of it and I didnt realise I had to stand on the stage in front of 450 people and play straight for 2 hours .Scared the hell outa me . But went over realy well and had a lot of people coming up to me and saying woow you a country singer too its a small texas town and only one english man here.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

A friend sent it to me. Havnt had a good nights sleep since.

Which song is your favorite to perform:

I have many songs that I like to sing but I think the Ralph Mctell song Streets of London is one that realy hits home.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Have fun dont be shy make lots a noise....

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

Hey all yeahhh.. Brains and some beauty this is the coooolest site and you are doing an excelent job on it wooow. Keep up the good work.

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Interview with Ellen555

Instruments You Can Play:

guitar, piano, vocals

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

ever since i can remember! my mom and dad were both very musical...dad played in the big band era and could pick up any instrument and play it...mom harmonized with any song she heard. i suppose music part of my heart and soul now...started playing around with the guitar when i was 15...took piano lessons all my growing up years.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

folk/soft rock

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

joan baez, joni mitchell, james taylor, carol king,
CSN&Y, john denver, dan fogelberg, gordon lightfoot,
mary black, loreena mckennitt

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

arranging music and recording a CD with my two oldest daughters, raising children who have music in their souls

What brought you to Pal Talk:

followed a group of friends from firetalk

Which song is your favorite to perform:

"Song for a Winter's Night"

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

be sensitive to the listener while expressing your music... do not sing/play for recognition, instead give it as a gift to others

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

I'd like to thank those of you who have helped me get back to myself musically...sharing your music with me and allowing me to share has been renewing for me. :o)

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Interview with Leah

Instruments You Can Play:

trumpet and some piano and a little bit of flute

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

I started out playing the bugle in a marching band then went on to the trumpet which I played for 6 years. Loved it. Played some flute and some piano. Unfortunaly never kept them up. Trying to master the guitar at this point in time. I have always sang in different venues. Used to sing in a band...lol man, that was a long time ago!

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

Blues always the blues. Love all styles of music but blues ranks the tops on my list.

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

BB King, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Beatles, Cleo Laine and plenty others....

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

When I sang in a folk group and played in an orchastra with my trumpet. They were all Dutch and older so to be playing with such accomplished musicians brought such joy when I
played the trumpet.(Can you imagine?!) What a proud moment in my musical life and they were into playing all the classical stuff. I know I am smiling too here! ;)

What brought you to Pal Talk:

I was on Firetalk and a friend of mine said you should come over here and have a look...unreal how it sounds so clear. I came, I listened and I stayed. Havent looked back yet...well..maybe on occasion when I couldnt get to bed!

Which song is your favorite to perform:

I have so many I love. My tops has to be *In Dreams* by Roy Orbison

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Always have fun as once it starts to be like work then you wont put what feelings you have into the song you are doing. Ohh yea...practise does make perfect! Never think of what they might be thinking just do it cause you love doing it.

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

I just wish I would have learnt the guitar when I was younger not now cause most of my time seems to be spent listening to all the wonderful musicians/singers on Pal(heaven help me for sure!) kinda takes away from my guitar practise here! ;) I really think this is a great way to get to know more of how others found their niche in playing/singing. Thank you once again Brains you really are a beaut!

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Interview with Mr. Fiat

Instruments You Can Play:

PLAY?? It's more like instrument abuse but I have a 1948 Guild D40, and a handmade 5 string banjo that tolerate me.

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

I started as a kid playing the accordion, but fell in love with guitar music in my early 20's listening to the first PP&M albums.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

electric hack :>)

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

The first time I listened to Peter Paul and Mary, I knew I was hooked.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

Did an opening set for a Don McLean concert in the late 70's. Oh yeah and I got to play some campfire music all evening long in Toronto with some guy named Roger Wate (Pink Floyd) Never knew who the guy was till the next day. Great fun

What brought you to Pal Talk:

I was invited by a friend from Australia

Which song is your favorite to perform:

Whichever one I can remember all the words to at the time is my favorite. :>) Really though, the Songs you learn are a bit like your children. Could you truly say which of your children you love better than the others?

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Listen Learn and grow, but Never measure your ability in terms of what someone else can do. If you're happy with what you're doing, then you've succeeded and everyone will love what you do.

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

Yes! My Fiat does NOT have a musical horn! :>)

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Interview with Squiggle

Instruments You Can Play:

tenor banjo, manolin family, guitar, melodon, harmonica, others - better at some than others but expert at none.

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

I always have, at least as far as my memory goes back, in some way or other. Why, I guess cause I like it.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

Folk. I'm at my happiest playing jigs, reels, etc in Iris sessions.

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

Clancey Brothers and Tommy Makem were a big factor in me enjoying folk as a cild. Barney McKenna of the Dubliners really got me interested in the tenor banjo.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

Accomplishments: none

Higlights: I reckon playing in any session that is really going well is a highlight an I have been lucky enough to play in several!

What brought you to Pal Talk:

There was a song circle use by members of Mudcat using Hearme. I (an others) became increasingly worried about the future of Hearme. I did some research and started the Mudcat Song Circle Room on Paltalk which others from Mudcat supported. It worked well in a way, some new people got interested in Mudcat and a number of us got to enjoy the other live rooms an "meet" lots of new people.

Which song is your favorite to perform:

Song: Probably Dead Dog Scrumpy but I really need to see and "feel" an audience to do it well.

Tune: Athol Highlanders.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Think about you really want to do and play and go for it few people make the "genius " level but just about everyone can achieve a high degree of competence if they are prepared to work (even the most naturally talent have to work hard to fulfill their potential) at it (I'll learn to practice what I preach one day).

Listen to as much good examples of your type of music as you can and if you play with others, learn to listen to them too. Listening is a skill in itself.

Above all else, ignore me and enjoy yourself!

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

OK, I'll finish with a moan about Paltalk. Groups like Mudcat want to include every member of the forum but PalTalk makes this impossible (or very expensive with emulators that may or may not work) because there is no support for MACs (or indeed support for O/S other than MS products) so we effectively end up excluding some people who want to join in.

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Interview with DWDitty

Instruments You Can Play:

Guitar

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

Got a Stella in the late 50's but never really played until about 10 years ago. All of a sudden, the light went on.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

Folk? Blues? Hokum? Who knows what you'd call it. I like to play songs that make me feel something - happy,sad, whatever.

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

Ry Cooder, David Bromberg, Taj Mahal, Oscar Brown, Dave Van Ronk, to name a few.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

I get immense pleasure out of playing which is why I have never tried to take it another level. Why spoil a good thing?

What brought you to Pal Talk:

Jon "squiggle" Freeman set up a room on hearme for the mudcat cafe (www.mudcat.org - check it out). When hearme started to suck, he found Paltalk. And so it goes.

Which song is your favorite to perform:

God Bless The Child.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Turn off the TV and play the 3-4 hours a night that you might otherwise waste.

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

Much of what people feel in these rooms a whole lot of people have felt at the Mudcat Cafe. There have been many "Mudcat Gatherings" throughout the US, Toronto, England, and Germany. I hope someday we can hook up in person. It's all about love.

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Interview with Rocnrol01

Instruments You Can Play:

I can kinda play the guitar... I am still trying to figure it out! , bass,drums and will try anything.with strings. Horns confuse me

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

I started playing guitar when I was 12. Never took any lessons. Music has always enchanted me even at a very young age. As children, my siblings and I would sit in front of the record player and sing with the albums. Also sang in church and school plays. To me music/singing is the most greatest form of expression a person can have. It is simply a passion. I love to play and enjoy very much so many wonderful talented people...

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

I am not sure I have a catagory? I tend to cross the spectrums... kind of a cross between rock/blues/country/oldies if you can imagine. My guitar style is deeply rooted in blues.

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

There are simply too many great muscians to list. From the well know to the unknown. I would have to say Jimi Hendrix, Frank Marino, Alex Lifson and of course others had alot to do with me cutting my teeth on the guitar. I listen to them alot when I was first learning riffs.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

I am still trying to get there. (lol) It is simply nice to be appreciated for something that has taken a life time to achieve. I will hopefully never stop learning, accomplishng or highlighting. I simply keep learning and evolving.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

Actually a women from Germany turned me on to paltalk. She had a personal ad on yahoo and I like to make new friends. I soon met Springsong, told her a little about me and she turned me on to the music rooms. From there I discovered the awesome talents of such people as Stringer-3, Napster, Cacop, PurpleMidnite and so many more!!! Some of the best
talent I have ever heard I have heard on paltalk.

Which song is your favorite to perform:

I have alot of favorites, but I think one of my best songs is Take this Heart. It's hard for me to write abstract. Most all I write is from personal experience. Take This Heart was inspired from a personal ad. It is about healing, wanting to be in love and wanting someone in your life.. Many people might never know love from someone.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Don't do it! (lol) But if you do, play for your self. It is not as glamourous or as easy as you might think. It's alot of disappointments and an incredible amount of work! Do it when you are young! What is Popular one day is in the bargin bin the next. Have fun and enjoy your self! Believe that you can make it, but put stock in other ventures as far as a carreer. The competion is fierce!!

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

Music is the wind chimes of time. It is always changing yet stays the same. Support your local musicains no matter how good or poor they are. I can appeciate them because I know it's alot of work!

Here is my favorite quote:

"WE DO NOT RECIEVE WISDOM WE MUST DISCOVER IT OURSELFS, AFTER A JOURNEY THROUGH THE WILDERNESS, WHICH NO ONE ELSE CAN MAKE FOR US, WHICH NO ONE ELSE CAN SPARE US"
Marcell Proust.....



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Interview with SquidBoy2

Instruments You Can Play:

Guitar, Bass, keys (well, I know the notes, does that count?)

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

I started playing guitar in August of 1984, when I was a lad of 15. I started singing in earnest in November 2000 when I found the music rooms on Paltalk and realized that playing instrumental tended to bore people a bit.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

I would call my style "get-up music" because it seems that I'm always doing uptempo stuff in the rooms. And for that matter, I do a lot of stuff by Canadians (Great Big Sea, Barenaked Ladies). Does that make me an honorary Candian? I like Molson's too!

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

Stevie Ray Vaughan, King's X, Great Big Sea, Blue Man Group, INXS, Prote!n, Galactic Cowboys, Eric Gales Band, ZZ Top, Robert Cray, and many others that don't come to mind right now...

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

I played in the "rock" pep band my Senior year in high school, and we played to a crowd of 7000 people at a basketball sectional game. Some friends of mine who have a long-established band that always loses guitarists (we're quirky, we guitarists) always uses me as a yardstick for rating prospective new guitarists.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

A gaming friend of mine, who goes by the name MadGerman, told me about this, and we had some wild drunken conversations starting back in '99.

Which song is your favorite to perform:

It could be "Consequence Free," by Great Big Sea, or perhaps "Ordinary Day," or even "Goin' Up," also by GBS, but I always love doing "Summerland" by King's X. Now if I could do the vocals.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Don't give up! Give yourself the time to improve, and listen to all sorts of different music!

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

I really wish I could write songs worth a darn... I can come up with good guitar bits, but lyrics are a mystery to me. Then again, I've been playing nearly 17 years, and singing for, what, 6 months?


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Interview with 1Russian

Instruments You Can Play:

rhythm guitar

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

Well, always owned a guitar. But have only been playing and learning seriously since I found Nebraska Jim's room on paltalk. I played in his room the 2nd or 3rd nite it was open. I knew one song without guitar and 1/2 of a song with guitar.

My early influence was our local town drunk. He was an only survivor in a battalion in WW1. He could play any instrument, and paint beautiful paintings (with any old leftover paint!)

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

Classic Rock

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

Wow! Hard one. Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, etc. The best music is heartfelt, not a performance! My favorites to do are so touching (either personally or I feel what the author is expressing), that sometimes I can't finish them (I cry, they touch my so deeply!!). That to me, is music!!
Example, Broken Wing.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

Well, I'm a late bloomer....lol. Ask me my age, and I'll probably sing you "18". Hehe. Just getting started. Have high hopes.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

Accidental encounter......surfed right in......and never left. (sometimes have to sleep on the paltalk cot.....if it's not already taken!!)

Which song is your favorite to perform:

Always the newest find in the song archives. Started with 1+ 1/2 songs, have about 120 now! Right now it's Alice Cooper "Be My Lover". Next week, It'll be another great song.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Play on paltalk EVERY nite!! The quality there will push you to great heights!! And the practice will take care of itself.

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

Don't forget son, there is someone up above!! And be a simple kind of man........" (tears)

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Interview with music_man_1

Instruments You Can Play:

Play currently: Piano, guitar, mandolin, irish whistle, bodhran, bones, concertina (english), Piano accordian (sort of), low whistle, mandocello...oh yeah, and sing......... Have Played: trombone, euphonium, tuba

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

Started as a wee one, many years ago... on piano, then brass instruments in High School, moving on to folk instruments about 20 years ago..... Both parents are very musical, so it was just 'In the family'.. so to speak.....

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

I play mostly folk style, irish, canadian, american

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

Stan Rogers, Bill Staines, Makem & Clancy, Christy Moore, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & garfunkle... etc.etc.etc........

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

I have spent a lot of time with classical music as a singer/ conductor, singing with the Vancouver Chamber Choir for 10 years, and other adult choirs, spent 5 years directing my own Childrens Choir with my wife, also directing various adult choirs at different times. I have done various recordings for other people also recorded my own celtic album in 1999 as a memorial to my wife who passed away in Jan that year. (www.bcmusicman.ca) I play with various Celtic bands in the Vancouver area and even did some TV work with one on a show "Hope Island" (episode 5 or 6 i think). A real highlight for me last year was bringing Bill Staines to Vancouver for his first time, having him stay with me and being able to spend 24 hours with him, talking, playing music etc.....

What brought you to Pal Talk:

A general move from Hearme with the Mudcat folks

Which song is your favorite to perform:

Bill Staines "Roseville Fair" Actually, alot of his songs are favourites, also the music of Stan Rogers

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Play... play for your friends, play for yourself, play for seniors in nursing homes.. Listen to lots of music, don't get caught up in one style, .... but above all, have fun doing it. If playing music becomes a chore, stop for a while, start again when you are ready to have fun doing it.
Music should never be a 'job' for the true musician, there should always be an element of pleasure in the playing.

Any Other Information or Comments that You Care to Share:

"Music, Speaks what cannot be expressed, Soothes the mind and gives it rest, Heals the heart and makes it whole, Flows from heaven to the soul"





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Interview with Ozze1369

Instruments You Can Play:

bass mostly, guitar some,

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

started at age 13, mostly cause i loved music and my father was a musician and he inspired me to start playing bass

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

this is a hard question... i apprecitate most styles, rock, country, fusion, jazz, blues although i think i am a bluesman at heart

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

cris squire, stu hamm, stanley clarke, micheal manring, billy sheehan

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

fronted tommy jennings, opened for marshall tucker band and ozark mountain daredevils

What brought you to Pal Talk:

just exploring

Which song is your favorite to perform:

all of them

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

tune up your ears and remember if your timing sucks you do too!

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Interview with Laydbak1

Instruments You Can Play:

guitar, some bass, mandolin, little blues harp, bout it...

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

sometime very early 70's... had two great guitarists for roommates.... i used to watch them play something, and sneak off back to my bedroom and try to imitate them; not very well i might add... til one day, one of them, a classical guitarist caught me and asked if i wanted to
learn, i said sure... so he started me learning classical guitar...

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

wow... have no idea what that'd be... have to ask someone else... i just play because i enjoy having fun with it...

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

lots... james taylor, jackson browne, dan fogelberg, bw stevenson, dave van ronk, steve goodman, bonnie raite, and a host of other early rockers across the spectrum from jeff beck to yes, to emerson, lake, and palmer...

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

i can tune a guitar most of the time... lol... i've played more for entertainment than money over the years; myself as well as others... i don't consider myself much of a singer; more a writer, lyricist type of musician...

What brought you to Pal Talk:

someone told me there was music on there... i found it... lol..

Which song is your favorite to perform:

really, i like em' all... mine and commercial tunes both myself and others do... i do mostly my own tunes because i can really make a mess out of someone else's artwork... better to save them the embarrassment... lol

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

just relax, play what you feel, don't worry about trying to imitate or be as good or better than anyone else because you ain't them and you ain't in competition to do anything but, entertain people... if you can do that, you've accomplished your first goal... everything from there is just icing...

Any other Info you would care to share:

well, that pretty much covers it for now... i live in central arkansas, but originally from louisiana if that matters... lol...


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Interview with Poni_1

Instruments You Can Play:

guitar

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

i played in my teens and sang for the high school band, mostly blues. Then I just stopped,i finally blew the dust off my guitar about 3 years ago,but the live guitar rooms really have me playing again.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

alternative folk/rock

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

Lots of musicians, Janis Joplin,ELO,Blue Rodeo,54 40, Cranberries,Tom Cochran, Sarah Mclachlan.Lynyrd Skynyrd, Doobie Brothers.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

Well not alot,my band teacher liked the way I sang blues so I sang for the band. I always play for my friends.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

Willy and I met a chap on Excite Chat from Ireland,he told us about Paltalk and i've never looked back.

Which song is your favorite to perform:

Well that's a good question, I really like Malibu,but I like too play Great Blue Wonder, because I wrote it and it's got alot of meaning to me.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Don't ever give up,practice,practice, practice, and fullfill your dreams. Love yourself and others will love you back.

Any other Info you would care to share:

I am so in awe at the talent of the people I have met,in the rooms, you have been supportive and an inspiration to me. I think we need to have a paltalk woodstock,(palstalk)so we can all meet.There are so many of us we could go on for days, and still we would not sleep. Keep pickin'n'grinnin. :o)

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Interview with Wet_Willy

Instruments You Can Play:

Guitar, harmonica, spoons and bongos

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

always sang in the car, started playing 2 years ago, when poni's jamming buddies moved away, she made me learn.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

alternative, folk/rock country

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

blue rodeo, counting crows, pearl jam, merle haggard, willie nelson

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

I learned to play

What brought you to Pal Talk:

little voices in my head told me to go

Which song is your favorite to perform:

cover of the rolling stone

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

don't be shy or nervous, your just playing to your monitor

Any other Info you would care to share:

the rooms are great, lots of talent and lot's of fun people

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Interview with Pitney2000

Instruments You Can Play:

Guitar, Clarinet, Learning Violin

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

I have been sining since i can remember. I was in my church choir and in the chorus in school. In the 4th grade i started playing clarinet in school and played till graduation. I started playing guitar in my teens and have played off and on for well.... all these years :-)

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

Accoustic

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

Emmylou Harris...Bonnie Raitt..Bluegrass in general...Carol King... so many great songwriters and performers.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

I enjoy going to Songwriters Open Mic Nights in my area. I plan to go into the studio this summer to record my original material.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

PHROGG"S fault lol and thanks Phrogg :-)

Which song is your favorite to perform:

Anything from Bonnie Raitt and Carol King's "Will you Still Love Me Tomorrow"

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

PRATICE....PRATICE...PRATICE PATIENCENCE...Write down all your thoughts or lines that catch your eye..There is probally a song there and above all do it with your heart and soul.

Anything else you care to share:

I am very happily married to a great guy and have a beautiful and very talented 9yr old daughter. I live in N Fla and love it. I love to listen to all the LIVE Performers... You guys are a great bunch. Thank you for all your wonderful support!!

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Interview with CanadianHomeGrown

Instruments You Can Play:

piano,autoharp,banjo,trumpet,guitar,uke

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

I started at the age of five, I just loved what sounds you could get from a piano, why did I start, love from my parents.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

I like it all, i like to play folk on guitar , ballads.

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

eagles, bee gees , harmony groups,everly brothers. Soloist neil young, that style, and my grandfather who played 24 instruments .

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

The joy I get from seeing others enjoy themself because of what I love to do.

What brought you to Pal Talk:

A Friend

Which song is your favorite to perform:

All of them, every song has a message so I feel that each song is special.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Jump in and learn to swim , it's the best thing in my life.

Anything else you care to share:

life is to short to be wasted, enjoy , live ,love and follow your heart, It's usually correct.

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Interview with Psycodelek

Instruments You Can Play:

guitar guitar guitar-did i say guitar?

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

my schoolteacher aunt gave me a plastic guitar at 8 for christmas-all downhill after that

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

eclectic period

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

uhm not them beatles-theyll never go anywhere

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

actually enjoying what i`m playing - i`ve been in (bands) would rather live in a van down by the river ego`s on musicians are bigger than mac trucks sometimes i swear

What brought you to Pal Talk:

a friend wdyat12-told me about mudcat cafe-had to use paltalk to get there-fell into a live room one day & the rest as i said once was downhill lol

Which song is your favorite to perform:

has to be LIL WING period

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

play what YOU want from your heart not what others want to hear-in the 70`s no one would listen to me doing the blues so i didnt play them at the same time stevie ray said who cares what you want-this is what i love-look where he ended up

Anything else you care to share:

what is wrong with a lil bit of peace,love & understanding anyway?? my faults are numerous but i dont try to find fault in others-please dont point out mine ok?

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Interview with Mary Atlanta

Instruments You Can Play:

a little guitar

When did you start playing/singing Music and Why:

My parents showed me a few chords when I was about 14 y/o & I've been hooked ever since. They sang & played at family jams, so music has always been a huge part of my life. I never had formal lessons.

What style of Music do you consider yours to be:

I lean somewhere between folk & country, but am also a big fan of Andrew Lloyd Weber and can get down with da blues now & again too ;) oh & let's not forget Bach & Bethoven, etc!

Who are some of the Musician and Bands that have inspired you along the way:

Number one has & will always be John Denver. His clean clear voice matched his lyrics which always had a message of life, love or Mother Earth.

What are a few of your pesonal accomplishments and highlights in your music career:

Not sure that I have a "musical career", lol I need a gig!! The greatest thrill to me is when I get a request to do one of my originals, or hear someone else actually singing along with my lyrics. kewl! But it also makes my day to get a CD order or to be able to perform at a live function. w0w0w!

What brought you to Pal Talk:

My desire to sing & jam with others. What a neat plus to make so many new friends!

Which song is your favorite to perform:

It's kinda like food....I wouldn't wanna eat pizza every day even tho I love it. Usually it will be whichever one I'm working on learning at that moment, and that's what drives me to get it right - the fact that I love that song at that time.

If you could give any advice to someone just starting out in the music arena, what would it be:

Don't mouth the words......sing from the heart & soul, you'll never do a bad job when it comes
from way down inside.

Anything else you care to share:

Pal Talk is not a competition!! It's all good. Everyone wants to be a "star" but we all need respect one another & enjoy what the other guy has to offer. xoxoxoxo