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Say hi to Duane W.!
Harry Truman’s boyhood home town.
# of years played
51 (would you believe I started before I could crawl?)
Favorite 3 Bands:
Really hard to limit to 3 and they change from time to time:
John Stewart / Kingston Trio
How many guitars do you currently own?
I (enjoy) suffer from chronic G.A.S. so more than I need and less than I want, and totals are not constant. Including acoustic guitars, electric guitars, electric bass and ukelele, 20+.
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
It gives me a larger pallet to work from as a writer, and it amazes people who only think of me as a bassist.
Why are you an active TAC member?
I really like the sense of community and the sharing of all the great talent.
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
Song performance video was to qualify for the Wizard badge. Weekly solo zone video was to be part of TAC community, receive peer feedback and improve as a player.
Tell us the story of your first Open Mic?
I’ve been a bass player in rock bands since leaving the high school marching band after my Freshman year. While playing in a duo, I’d meet members of the Kansas City Songwriters Circle who encouraged me to start writing and join them at their monthly song challenge (I had 30 days to write a song to the monthly challenge topic “comedy”). Sounded easy enough, right? I wrote a song about alien abduction call “Mr. Spaceman” and felt well rehearsed at home. When it was my turn (along with 2 other writers) as I sat down I realized this was the first time I’d ever played solo, having always been part of a larger group. I managed to get through the song, don’t really remember much beyond stark terror and the feeling someone had filled my mouth with oil dry. Everyone laughed at the right spots and were supportive. This was the start of a relationship that still continues after 22 years.
What’s the one thing you would tell other TAC members who don’t think they’d be good at writing songs?
I think Glen Fry gave a great example talking about living above Jackson Brown in the documentary “The History of the Eagles”. Basically it takes dedication and hard work to be successful. One other piece of good advice is from Steve Seskin who said there is no such thing as writers block. Writers are either in “input mode” or “output mode” and these are out of your control, you just have to keep working all the time.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
- I’ve always been a horrible speller and while typing I suffer from digits dyslexia, so please ignore any typos.
- I spent 6 years (’98 – ’04) as a local workshop coordinator for NSAI (Nashville Songwriter Association International).
- The blues band I was with participated in the ’06 IBC (International Blues Competition) in Memphis. We played 2 sets on different nights at BB Kings on Beal Street. Lots of stress, and great fun. We didn’t win but didn’t suck either.
- Currently working on putting together 4th CD of original songs.