Being in a rock and roll band is like riding the tide. It’s always moving and changing. One minute you’re coming in and the next minute you’re going out!

For us the tide had been in our favor, we’d been working steady and getting better the more we worked. Finally our time at The Trophy Room had run out and it was time for the club to change bands to keep the crowd happy. This happened on a regular basis as bands rotated between several good clubs in Sacramento.

  Suddenly the tide we were riding changed courses and it was to our benefit. A group of people had seen us when they were visiting Sacramento and when they returned home to Sand Point, Idaho they convinced the owner of the biggest club in town, The Middle Earth, that he should hire us. It was summer and Sand Point was a hot tourist spot on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille.

  So between our Agent and the club owner a deal was struck and we hit the road. To do this we’d had to quit our day jobs and trust that this was the beginning of the life of making a full time living by being in a rock and roll band.

  Going from playing at home to playing on the road was a big step for us and one that changed the course of the band. Playing at home and living in your own house or apartment is way different that playing on the road and living in a motel. First of all everyone in the band is together all the time, on and off stage you are with your band mates and if you don’t get along it’s trouble. Fortunately we did and our band took off like a rocket!

Next: Life on the road!

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!