Music I Am #2 – Gene Caprioglio, musician

Aaron:    The moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician:
Gene: I was playing a duet with my guitar teacher, and suddenly, it all fit perfectly together. This triggered a great feeling of exhilaration. Ah, so this is what it’s all about.
Aaron:    An important skill for a career in music that does not have anything to do with an instrument or making music:
Gene: What are commonly defined as people skills. You can be a great musician, but you also need to be able to relate to and feel comfortable with all kinds of people. This applies to relating to the audience from the stage, but also in the offices of bookers with others musician and just about everybody.
Aaron:   Two ways you stay motivated:
Gene: I like to continually have new ideas brewing and projects in the works. Do not get into the rut of doing the same material the same way all the time. Always think about growing and the next idea. It also helps to remember that you only have so much time on this planet, so don’t waste any time. It becomes more urgent as you age, but hey, you never know when you are going to go, so get all that stuff done that you want to do.
Aaron: Latest album or recording project:
Gene: My most recent project was a song/video I did called Space Dust.
Aaron:    What inspired it:
Gene: I had been reading about how microscopic particles are continually finding their way to earth. They are called cosmic dust or space dust. I had some thoughts about it, and a song was born. You can see it here:
Aaron:    Who’s on it:
Gene: My wife, Paule Diamond and I, did all the music. I did the video.
Aaron:    How do you discover new music?
Gene: I still listen to the radio. I go out to hear music as often as possible. Streaming has made it so easy to hear new music too. I even listen to the Spotify Weekly Discovery playlist.
Aaron:   One living and one dead musician that deserves more attention:
Gene: I’d have to go with Sister Rosetta Tharpe for my dead musician. She has been getting a bit more recognition, but not nearly as much as she deserves. There are so many living musicians that could use more attention, but I’ll stick with the gals and go with Mary Halvorson. Not a complete unknown, but not a household name either.
Aaron:    Where can we find you online?
Facebook: Gene Caprioglio
Facebook: The Bumper Crop Boys – Gene’s main Band
Spotify: The Bumper Crop Boys

Gene Caprioglio

The Bumper Crop Boys

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