So our band had progressed to working now and then in small bars. We had secured an agent who was trying to push us into what we thought was the “big time”. To us that was steady work in one of the several bars that used bands five nights a week, Tuesdays through Saturdays. We were OK as a band, our agent was OK but we seemed to just be spinning our wheels. Working but not progressing.

Suddenly we got a break, while on stage at the Trophy Room, a big bar in a bowling alley, the band that was plying imploded. Their bass player punched the lead singer in the mouth and the band quit! Our agent got a emergency call from the club owner and since we weren’t working we got booked into the Trophy Room. A huge break for us and we were ready to go for it.

The first thing we had to do was impress the club owner and patrons that we were capable of doing a good job in a large, popular room. It was quite a bit different than the small bar we’d been working in. The clientele was much more into the music than the ones we’d been playing for and the owner was much more involved with the bands he’d hired. Obviously the money was better but so was the demand for professionalism. The bands that were regulars at playing The Trophy Room were for the most part solid working bands that in addition to playing the top rooms in town traveled occasionally to other top clubs in other towns. So our future was ahead of us to take advantage of.

Next week we’ll see what happened.


Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!” He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked. I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online. However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels. So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!