We landed in Rock & Roll heaven when we hit The Middle Earth Tavern in Sandpoint Idaho. Drinking was legal at eighteen, the town was on the shores of a beautiful lake, full of tourists, and they all wanted to party, so we were happy to oblige!

Imagine being in a band that could play loud, party with the crowd, and make new friends every night in a beautiful place. Life was good, no, take that back, it was great!

And not only was the Rock & Roll life what we’d dreamed it would be,but it kept getting better. We’d become more professorial, taken band pictures for our promotional kit, hired a roadie and were learning to be a road band which was a good thing, because the next thing we knew we’d been hired by The Good Music Agency from Missoula Montana, and as our stay in Sandpoint came to an end, we were headed to Missoula for the next chapter in our young Rock & Roll lives.

As musicians we’d all gotten better thanks to full time playing and had gotten better at living on the road. We’d learned the tricks of the trade.

Work hard, party hard, and try to get proper rest and eat well. We also learned the immense value of the women and men we’d met along the way. In short without them life wouldn’t have been so good, healthy, and worth living.

They showed us the power of love and being great human beings. They keep us moving ahead and grateful for living. It’s a fine balance between acceptance and rejection when you’re young, long haired, and loud while invading neighborhoods.

You have to have enough common sense and discipline to do as Kenny Rogers sang “know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em”. Those folks helped us learn that much and more. Believe me it helped.

Next: The wild skies of Montana.

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!