Like everyone, I've experienced ups and downs. If I could do some things
over again knowing what I know now, I'd do them differently. Throughout
my life, I have changed my views on a lot of things but my heart is no
different from when I was 16. While everything that's happened to me and
because of me has been a learning experience, the negatives I've
experienced aren't worth dwelling upon. Life is better now than ever.
First, I am an activist for equality for all. I also believe that as our
population grows, it is imperative for us to protect our planet and its
natural resources from harm caused by humans.
I've been a musician all my adult life which means I have a lot of
experience in retail sales. Sales didn’t fit my mindset, but it allowed me to
eat when music times were slim. I always saw "poor" as a relative term. I
was never poor - broke maybe, but never poor.
I began playing guitar at the age of 15 and fell in love - with the guitar.
Without going into a lot of details, my life took a few twists and turns -
marriage, a daughter, work, etc., and led me to move to northern
Wisconsin in 1974, away from the Milwaukee area where I grew up.
When I lived in Milwaukee, I worked with numerous bands including a
wonderful seven piece horn band (Heart and Soul) playing soul, funk and
Motown. We also copied some of the big brass sounds from bands like
Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears. Six of us sang in Heart and Soul so
I became well versed in working with big harmonies in addition to helping
to create horn arrangements.
I had already done some road work when I lived in Milwaukee but after
the job I took in northern Wisconsin didn't work out, nor did my marriage,
I traveled again to play with a terrific six piece country band (Ramblin'
Fever). Everyone in the band sang. What fun it was to emote big,
powerful vocal harmonies to the delight of our audiences. It was while I
was with Ramblin' Fever that I gained a lot of experience working with
some of the biggest names in country music and got my first real taste of
what it's like to work in a recording studio.
The marketing aspects of the music business eluded me so despite being
somewhat of a prolific writer, outside of bands doing an occasional song
of mine, my music wasn't getting out in front of very many people. I began
soloing. Half of my repertoire was my own original music and I continued
to focus on writing.
I moved to California in '85 - back home in '88. There's a peace and calm
I get from the north woods of Wisconsin few other places can offer. I love
it here and here is where I will live and where I'll die.
©2018 Greg Everett
I was married with a daughter on
the way at age 19, divorced at 34
and I was granted custody of my
daughter (Leslie) when she was 15.
I was 35. Today, in addition to being
a kind, loving person, Leslie is one
of my closest, most trusted friends.
Hell, we grew up together. She just
matured sooner than I did. She has
given me a rock solid son-in-law and two wonderful grandkids. I'm proud
of them all.
After having been divorced for 30
years, I met Bonnie, the love of my
life and she became my wife in
2013. We met on a blue moon, I
proposed on a full moon and we
were married on a full moon. I'm
not a superstitious man, but how
cool is that? My wife is the only
woman I ever met who fully
believes in me and supports me in
everything I do - especially my
music. I believe in her as well and
I admire her more than anyone.
With Bonnie’s encouragement, I
write and record in my home studio.
All the songs I've posted on the
Internet were recorded and mixed
in my home.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my
good friend, Gerry Plank. I got to
know Gerry at a jam session I was
running at a local bar. I was taken
aback by his ability and his feel
playing saxophone. Gerry and I
became good friends and started
gigging as a duo and working on
recording projects together. It's
been a uniquely valuable friendship and an inspiring collaborative effort.
He has helped me to become a better musician and producer but now, I’m
retired from playing gigs.
I make a conscious effort to avoid the negative and focus on the positive.
I am lucky to have so much to focus on. Life is good.