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John D Griffin / Blog

ARTISTIC OUTLETS: Music & Art 2014

As an artist, musician, and graphic designer, I've always been involved in many facets of the entertainment industry for the love of it all.

Being raised in a foreign country I've grown with an insatiable hunger and affinity for diverse soundscapes and textures. Top 40 and oldies aren't enough.

Fortunately, as a rock and roller at heart, I've expressed those feelings on tour with various bands I formed in the rocking 80's and 90's. Those were fun times as the lead guitarist and singer for my bands. Singing in both English and Spanish.

The multi cultural experimental side of my soul has been satisfied with jingles and movie soundtracks which I've created since the late 80's. Some met with moderate success.

Now the graphic artistic side has been fulfilled with work I have produced in the house wares industry sold in over 90 countries over the past decade. Enter my fun, hip new venture for 2014 designing cool graphic T-shirts and long sleeves at my website www.GRIFwear.com. To top it off, I'm stoked to be the photographer and web designer to boot! I hope you get a chance to check out my designs and get your own unique T-shirt or long sleeve. I love creating new sights and sounds that folks like you can enjoy.

In fact, I'm giving away free ringtones and music downloads of modern new beats and music I've designed and produced for the website. It's such a blast being able to morph from organic to electronic and inbetween! Enjoy and thanks for joining me on my fun artistic endeavors :) Please feel free to reach out and let me hear your comments. Looking forward to hearing more from you all!

Life in Music City USA in 2014

After living here, on and off for a few decades, it's been amazing meeting so many talented artists from various genres. It's truly a humbling experience to be surrounded by some of the most professional and successful musicians. The icing on the cake is to become friends with them and to share some of these experiences with the world on my popular entertainment video cast at www.VivaNashvilleUSA.com. It's always a special treat to work on side projects with some of these wonderful folks. God bless them all !!

Music City USA has changed since the 80's

From personal experience, Nashville TN has changed since the mid 80's. The music culture has become more diverse and dynamic as well as multi cultural. It's no longer the Country music capital of the world. It has evolved into a bigger, eclectic, and all inclusive rich music hub with the highest concentration of top notch musicians, artists, and performers than in former decades.

Of course, as with any boom town, there are many casualties and fails along the way which cause bitter memories. However, when one hits a stride with upwardly mobile networks, the possibilities can be endless. Fortunately, Nashville Tennessee is one of the friendliest artist communities I've experienced. Most every courtesy and goodwill is shared when working amongst industry professionals in this town.

What have been some of your positive experiences in Music City USA ?