Monday, May 2, 2011

The Stiffwater Years

This period of my musical history deserves its own section.
Stiffwater was not only a band - it had a life of its own, and at times it was a force to be reckoned with.
The band was a big part of my life during a crucial period of my development*, and had an effect in shaping who I was to become, as a musician and as a creative human being.
*[I'm not going to call it 'growing up.' that would be inaccurate to say the least. ]

The beginnings of Stiffwater-
Our first gig in 1973, as Sidewinder:

L-R: Matt Monfort, Ken "Herf" Herfert, Nelson West, and myself.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

mikeyzmusic through the years

In order to keep things from getting out of hand, I've broken it down by decade-
From the beginnings in the late 1960s through the present:

mikeyzmusic in the 1970s
The Stiffwater Years
mikeyzmusic in the 1980s
mikeyzmusic in the 1990s
mikeysmusic in the early 21st century
mikeyzmusic 2010 - present

mikeyzmusic 2010 - present

Current mikeyzmusic:

mikeyzmusic in the early 21st century

From 2000 through 2010:

mikeyzmusic 1990s

mikeyzmusic in the 90s:

mikeyzmusic 1980s

A tumultuous time from 1980 through 1989:

mikeyzmusic: 1970s

...a look at mikeyzmusic from its beginnings in ~1968 through the end of the 70s.




Touring begins at the early age of 13... 1973:

with Stiffwater

The blue satin jacket was inspired by the one Edgar Winter is wearing on the back of They Only Come Out At Night:

...only I just couldn't pull off wearing pink....
So our good friend Jo Noxon made me one in blue - my favorite color! She did an awesome job, right down to the satin decorations along the lapel and sleeves. I loved that jacket - almost as much as I love my Strat!

Too much history can be harmful...!

I'm having a blast going through some old photo albums my sister found, and scanning in photos of me playing music over the years.

In the words of Jerry Garcia: "What a long, strange trip it's been..."

I'll be cropping and cleaning up the photos, then I'll be posting them.
In order to keep things under control - and to keep the posts from being unbearably long, I'll be breaking it down by decade.

mikeyz songs