This is me, Ole Rinky Himself
I've been playing bass in bands longer than most of you reading this have been bending E-strings.
I started in cover bands, around my local area of Birmingham, UK, then traveled around Europe with bands for a bit, ending up as a musician on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Left the cruise ship after a year and moved to New York City where I lived in Brooklyn way before it was cool. I liked it there then. Not so much anymore, so now I live in upstate New York on a little dirt road 20 miles from the nearest shop. Just me and a dog. And a cat, when he deigns to come home.
In Brooklyn, I was adopted by a wonderful community of musicians called Brooklyn Beat, and eventually found myself playing with one of the great rock bands that ever existed -- Frank's Museum. The members of this band are still my dearest friends in the world, and while the band itself no longer exists in its entirety, various off-shoots still play together. I would travel continents just to be on stage with Frank. Fortunately, I don't have to travel that far to play with Sal, the guitarist - he lives just a few miles from me and we lay on the same bill regularly, he doing his solo thing and me doing mine.
I was always the sideman and never the songwriter. But deep down, there I was having a conversation with myself that said I wanted to write. And to make a long story short, one day I started. But I didn't know HOW to start. So I just dragged a song out of myself. It took weeks and weeks, but I did it. And then another, and another. Trying to do something different every time, until I had a set of material.
And I knew I had to start playing these songs in front of people, which was going to be a huge step forward, and one that I encourage you to do with your songs. To me, it's an essential part of the process.
So I drove 150 miles down to Queens, NY, and played a couple of songs. I couldn't remember the lyrics, my hands shook. But I did it. And a few weeks later, I played an entire set of mostly original material at a wonderful art gallery in Brooklyn.
Here's a video of me playing my song Infatuation to open the show. I also played a number of songs using backing tracks, sometimes with me on electric guitar. Lots went wrong, but much more went right. Fun times.
My Cancer Diagnosis
In March, 2018, I received a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, a form of blood cancer. It's not curable, but it is manageable. The intersting thing about this diagnosis is how it immediately kicked me into full speed ahead on establishing Rinky Roadshow. RRS wass an idea I'd had for a couple of years, but hadn't done anything with. But literally within hours of getting my diagnosis, I was writing my business plan, contacting potential partners and moving forward with the project.
While this project is very important to me while I'm here, it's vital to me that it continues after I've moved along, whenever that may be. Rinky Roadshow has to outlive Ole Rinky Himself!