A blast from the past in these crazy days. I usually write about current events but this week I’m going back to a more innocent time, hope you get a kick out of it!

Back before cell phones and the internet I was in a rock and roll band. I’d say we were just above “garage band” in talent but we worked and traveled. We started with three of us, two who worked at Tower Records and the other who worked at a music store. Thus we had access to equipment and records. The magic combination!

Again to put this in the right time period, there were many bars and nightclubs that used live music seven nights a week. Today that isn’t the case. Now music is made much more professional and organized, the days I’m referring to were much more like the wild west in those old westerns when anything went. Saddle up and ride off to seek fame and fortune, after all both The Beatles and Rolling Stones started in bars and clubs.

We were kind of a minor league band trying to get to the majors by getting a record deal and heading out on the concert circuit. Needless to say we never got that far but it was a fun and eye opening experience that I wish others who want to do that have their chance to do it.

Mostly I remember the kindness of the folks we met in our travels, we came to town as strangers and left feeling like we’d made many friends. We were like a traveling circus and when we were in town we gave some folks fun and escapee from the hum drum of every day life and it’s inherent problems.

It was always “be nice and follow your heart”, and it worked

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!