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John K realized that his musical joy comes from improvisation.. with instrument and lyric, and with other musicians. That tickles his funnybone!
He and a high school classmate formed a duo of guitar and vocals, and sang Dylan songs. Six months later, they had a five-member rock band and covered the best and newest of "non-pop" music. As multi-instrumentalists with music around in all their lives, John played keyboards, trumpet and harmonica out of necessity and guitar for pleasure. Three guitar players were enough for them, and they explored their sound. If you can remember Vanilla Fudge, Blood Sweat & Tears, Buffalo Springfield, Jimi Hendrix -- Of course! R & B, Big Brother with Janis; Steppenwolf, Sam and Dave. Those were many early musical influences and....the Animals, Young Rascals -- many call those years of music the Classic Rock years. Folk's early influence evolved and so, John also enjoyed rock and soul.
"I think a song drives the music - the song, the story, is most important. But, if you have an instrumental, that's different. If you have lyrics, that is the song. The story drives the music and an artist owes it to the songwriter to bring out the song.
The way a song comes together? Could one say Musical Evolution? Start with a primal beat; a unison thump that...drives something primal in us; then, the thought of structure within the beat - nuance within the drive -- is an evolution in human emotion. Then come harmony and pattern to drive the story, with sophistication. We musically evolved to understand anticipation and wit. Ta-daa! Now we get to John Prine, Aimee Mann, Shel Silverstein, to mention just a few songwriters I admire. I enjoy their songs because I feel those songwriters earthy and knowing."