Last Friday, I was frantically trying to get outta town with Mondo Cozmo being number one on my agenda to see and interview at Forecastle Music Festival. Ostensibly, all was going as drawn for departure and arrival. Then, as many experience in this short life, that fateful call came from my wife that my one year old son was being rushed to the emergency room. Fortunately, he was examined by the on-call physician and was fine after his daredevil escapade.

This unnerving foray afforded me the opportunity to examine the emotional bomb one feels when we hear potentially devastating news. Circumstances as they were, knowing my son was OK, I began the trek to Louisville again. Pondering my encounter with Mondo Cozmo and our impending discourse.

In my head, I could hear a distinctive voice singing, “Shine down a light on me and show a path and I promise you I will return if you take me back.” ” Everything will be alright if you let it go.” So this was my mantra on my 2 hour journey. Subtle, yet, prophetic all the same. “Shine” has hit #1 on the Triple A charts and since has become a gritty summer hit. Mondo Cozmo brings the excitement of cathartic and illuminating music to the stage each and every evening.

Upon meeting Josh Ostrander AKA Mondo Cozmo, I briefly told him and his manager about my ordeal. Here’s where humanity would “Shine” so to speak. Even though I was there to discuss Mondo’s meteoric rise in the music world, he was asking about my son and was as genuine a human being as could be. Thus, we engaged in a smooth dialogue as if reacquainting with a dear friend. Our conversation centered on the life of a rock star and the competition one feels not only internally but externally living in Los Angeles. It’s no surprise Josh surrounds himself with supportive friends and musicians, where they are inclined to be quite happy with the success one another encounters. The caveat that was shared is that there are “some evil pitfalls” out there on the West Coast one must avoid at all costs, lest you could be ensnared in a horrible outcome. Another anecdote Josh shared with me was meeting the great Ringo Starr. Josh related to me that Ringo seemed a genuine man that truly was interested in the workings of Mondo Cozmo. This being said, I felt the same way about Mondo Cozmo. He is a genuine man concerned about those surrounding him.

Mondo Cosmo has a new album being released Plastic Soul set to be released August 4th. Check out a rocking new song from that album called “Automatic”

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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.