My name is John Barry and my passions are writing and music. I have spent my entire life indulging my passion for writing. I have spent a good part of my adult life indulging my passion for writing about music. Why? Where else but in a good song can you experience triumph, failure, redemption, betrayal, love, grief, conflict and resolution all in a few minutes, and leave the room feeling better about the world regardless of how things turned out for the heroes and villains left battling it out in the tune.
Music calms me. Music encourages me. Music nurtures me. Music challenges me. I find faith in music. Music pushes me through, from the bad days to the good days. That’s why I’m here.
I should probably mention that I worked for 25 years at the USA Today Network, as a journalist writing about a great many things, including the 1969 Woodstock festival and the Town of Woodstock in New York. My writing has also appeared in USA Today and on RollingStone.com. Nothing gets my adrenaline racing faster than interviewing and writing about well-known musicians and musicians who are maybe not so-well known. The extent of their fame is irrelevant. They all inspire me. They all leave me empowered and emboldened. And on these pages I attempt to do their stories justice. But enough of the jibber-jabber. Let’s rock.
P.S. That’s a photo of our dog up top there. His name is Guthrie. He’s a cockapoo. He is named for Woody Guthrie and he is the executive editor of this blog.