Each encounter with new music is an incredible experiential event for me. I have vivid memories as a kid opening my siblings albums. Oftentimes, I would sit and glare at the images found front and center. The somewhat musty smell of albums lingers in my mind. Otherworldly images from Boston, The Cars, ELO, Weather Report, Herb Alpert, and the multitude of 70’s choices present next to the family stereo system.

As time has progressed, opening CD’s and anticipating the resonance of each new singer’s voice, the timbre of the guitar, as well as the beat of the rhythm section, has brought equal joy.

All this, dear reader, leads me to my main train of thought. That is, my feelings upon hearing Conor Oberst Ruminations brought back memories of the joy surrounding new and innovative music. Not only was the music scintillating to my ears, it was a remembrance of what a masterful and raw lyricist we have in Conor Oberst. The sounds hearken back to the great music writers of the 70’s with detailed, yet simple stories of life, despair, and love.

If we were to dissect the career of Conor, I would simply suggest he was an Alt Country pioneer. When I listen to Bright Eyes, I hear the Roots/Country theme in many a song that preceded the great Americana movement we see and hear from many musical acts of present day. With all this in mind, I highly anticipate a wonderful set by Conor Oberst at Forecastle Music Festival this weekend in Louisville Kentucky. Conor Oberst – Sunday July 16,2017 @ 6pm – Boom Stage.

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I was raised on music. I had a great opportunities while growing up with older siblings to sneak into their LP collection and play Boston, Led Zeppelin, Triumph, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and all of the great artists of the 70’s. Musically I was introduced to piano and saxophone lessons at a very young age. But as most of do I was swayed to be involved in athletics versus a musical career.

While studying and earning an Environmental Science Degree at Purdue University and then a Physical Therapy Degree at Indiana University I started my music collection of cassette tapes, LP’s, CD’s and now of course digital songs. And yes I still have a cassette tape collection. Nevertheless here’s where I started taking an interest in capturing inspiring moments in the music world. After seeing Public Enemy open for U2 there’s where a light bulb went on. I had the bug.

Since 2006 and I have attended every Lollapalooza. And here’s where I cut my teeth on taking marginal photos. Over the last year I have shot over 150 different bands and there’s not a musical genre I’m not interested in shooting.

I absolutely cherish musical dialogue. Who’s your favorite band? Who are you shooting next? What was the last CD or album you purchased? Have you seen such and such band? It never gets old.

Besides photography I work full time as a Physical Therapist. I’m married to a wonderful lady and we have a precocious 1 year old baby boy. This summer you can catch me at Bunbury, Forecastle, Loufest, Lollapalooza, ROMP, Pilgrimage, Van’s music festivals.