About Me

From the day my mother gave me my first musical instrument at the age of five, I became a musical sponge.  I learned any instrument I could get my hands on and it didn’t take long before I was repairing and connecting instruments to PA systems.  By 15, I was recording my original songs on reel-to-reel.

Years later, while managing a local music store, I was given the opportunity to perform with the areas most talented musicians, including The Merchants Of Death, Euphoria, Harry Strawberry, Crash Landing, It, and Tellin’ Ellen, The Chase and I haven’t stopped since.  I currently write and record all of my own original music in my home studio.

 

My latest album, Before The Chase, is available now through iTunes and CD Baby. This is an original acoustic rock album recorded with an Ovation 12-string guitar.

Before the Chase on iTunes

Retrograde on iTunes

Touchdown on iTunes

 

Comments
  1. Dionne Bee says:

    Hi Mike,

    I’ve just gone through a few of your poems, questions of the day, photographs and other posts. Great read, plus some thought-provoking pieces. Thanks too for following my blog.

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  2. I’ve just been visiting your blog and plan to return. Keep on truckin’!

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  3. Not So Cold says:

    I saw this sticker and immediately thought of you. Cheers!

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  4. Hi, I popped over to say thank you for finding my blog and liking a post and following me 🙂

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  5. alslaff says:

    Stopped by to thank you for your recent like and follow on Shift Key and check out your blog. Good stuff. Enjoy music; can’t play; can sing some, e.g., in a choir or car. Yet, after reading your “Aware -…” poem, we may have more in common than first thought. Enjoying your work. Thanks.

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    • midimike says:

      Well, thanks and hello! Enjoying music is everything, you are doing fine. Share it any way you can! I look forward to sharing the similarities! Quite welcome, I got a kick from your comments. Have a great evening!

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  6. Samantha says:

    Thank you for the follow. I really like your website, kind of gets me jealous I don’t have a single musical bone in me, haha. (Although I do enjoy dancing to it and singing along off-key, heh). Love your blog!

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  7. Alasarami says:

    Thank you, for stopping by my blog and the follow!

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  8. pinholeb says:

    Thanks for stopping by my site. I will stop by here, often. Lots of good thoughts.

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  9. Sorry to be contacting you here but I was unable to find any contact form kinda page.
    You followed my blog http://www.guardianmentor.wordpress.com . I would like you to follow http://www.dailyuphaul.wordpress.com because soon I will be deleting the Guardian & Mentor one.
    So sorry for the disturbance 🙂
    Mahenoor S
    http://www.dailyuphaul.wordpress.com/

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  10. Thanks for finding and liking my first blog post on a new/old blog. I’m switching over because I had two wordpresses and one got no attention! (Poor thing.) So I’m giving it it’s own home and hoping I can stay up to date on both. What a challenge! I’m happy to have found another music lover/needer! I am perpetually jealous of musicians because I have no ability in that area. But, I guess musicians need listeners, too, so I can’t wait to listen to your songs!
    Thanks again and looking forward to the follow!

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    • midimike says:

      Ha! Sometimes you have to kick the birds out of the nest and see if they fly. Good luck in the New Year! My sister says she can play CD’s, but that is about it LOL. We appreciate the audience and feed off of the response and support. I posted a few songs and have more to share, so take your time and listen anytime. You are very welcome and thanks for keeping in touch!

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  11. Hello! Thank you for following my blog. This is an interesting blog of yours and I believe I am going to like it here!

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  12. Hi Mike, nice to meet you. music is a huge inspiration for me and although I don’t play an instrument I sometimes hear songs in my head. Any poetry I write is lyrical. I look forward to your posts, thanks for connecting!

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    • midimike says:

      Howdy! Thank you so much. I started that way…… describing myself as a listener. Then as a poet, then as someone who loved harmonies. Keep going and you might surprise all of us! You are very welcome, and please feel free to stop by any time!

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  13. Ashok Misra says:

    Thanks midimike, for liking my poem ‘The Elegant Rose says…’ I truly appreciate and feel honoured!

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  14. tracihalpin says:

    Sounds great! A man and his guitar is the best!
    Did you see Adele grammy performance? What the heck happened with the sound guy?
    First her mike cut out and then the sound was too loud and there was a loud guitar sound. It was so loud you couldn’t enjoy her voice. I actually had to lower it. She looked ruffled. I bet she was pissed. She has a potty mouth and I bet she was cursing up a storm. What’s your professional opinion?

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    • tracihalpin says:

      Ok so rumor is the guitar was justin bieber tuning his guitar on another stage. He played right after her. It was so weird bc it was just her and a piano and you could hear this acoustic guitar but you didn’t see it. Why do I care about this? Ugh I need to go to sleep.

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    • midimike says:

      I did not see the performance, but there is usually a reason for these things. I have had similar nightmares though and there is little time to find the problem sometimes impossible to fix on the spot.

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      • tracihalpin says:

        Heads up….tell your daughter to check absolute goo twitter. Since early this morning they are releasing concert info by date. Most tickets go on sale sat. Collective soul is opening…love them! Hope you’re well.

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      • midimike says:

        That should be a great show. Doing well, and getting back into the swing of things slowly, but steadily LOL

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      • tracihalpin says:

        Glad your are doing well. I too am trying to get back to a routine. It’s a lot of starts and stops. My therapist tells me it will take time and to be gentle and patient with myself. It’s a huge upheaval as you know. One day I workout and one day I clean and then a week can go by and I do nothing. Thinking about the future is scary and all the unknowns freak me out. Baby steps….

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      • midimike says:

        I think of this as one might need to go through physical therapy. Muscles and bones do not recover over night. It takes time to train the muscles new ways of moving without pain. Your body compensates for weak muscles by working others harder. We just need to make sure we do not over-stress those muscles in the process. Baby steps is a good plan for emotional and financial recovery as well. Good way to think about it. Work-out …….then relax. Strain and then a reward! Works for me LOL

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      • tracihalpin says:

        Nice metaphor!

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      • midimike says:

        At work they called me ‘the analogy king’. I find it easier to explain or understand things if I can frame it in a familiar experience for comparison. We tend to see physical issues easily. It is understandable, but at times unfortunate. Hang in there!

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      • tracihalpin says:

        Ticket sales are friday not sat

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      • tracihalpin says:

        Check live nation instead
        Many dates on site which are not on absolute goo twitter.

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      • midimike says:

        Good advice as always!

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  15. tracihalpin says:

    Adele said the piano mic fell on the piano which was causing that weird sound. The sound guy said when switching to her mic and it went out, he switched to a backup but it took a while to get the sound right. Adele wrote on her twitter: The mic fell on the piano keys. Shit happens!

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    • midimike says:

      I describe the job of the sound engineer as a delicate blend of science, art and good luck! We can plan all we want. We can get all the right equipment. We can study all the charts and graphs and studies done.
      Everything seems fine until we add people and the inevitable interference from Murphy’s Law! I am a firm believer of having Plan B and Plan C ready when needed for these situations. Artists can get angry or take it gracefully, but it does not change the unpredictable nature of our job. Chalk it up and move on, as this will probably never happen again – and we need to prepare the next Plan B!

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      • tracihalpin says:

        Makes sense! Of course things will happen. Adele said she cried the next day. But she wasn’t angry. So excited two more days to get my goo goo dolls tickets. This will be the first year in many years that I won’t be going to the Jones Beach show, which stinks. I love that venue. But the date doesn’t work, so I’m going to saratoga performing arts center. Tickets are cheap too. Hope your daughter gets tickets!

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      • midimike says:

        I am actually going to see my musical ‘hreo’ if that is the word. Mentor might be closer. I have not been to many concerts in the last decade or so and I a looking forward to seeing Peter Gabriel in June. I thought I had missed every chance to see him perform live and this came up. I could not live with myself if I missed this last opportunity. Have fun at the show. Reward and all that!

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      • tracihalpin says:

        That’s awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, you can’t pass up these opportunities.

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      • midimike says:

        I know. Internally I am totally ‘jazzed’. I am soooo looking forward to this.

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      • tracihalpin says:

        Did your daughter get tickets to goo goo dolls?

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      • midimike says:

        I will check. We have been a bit distracted lately LOL!

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  16. jscottdorsey says:

    Thanks for the follow! I look forward to catching up on your site!

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  17. enmanscamera says:

    Hello, you found the blog where I write about photography. Now that I know about you I plan on wandering your site to find out about you.

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  18. Bob Mills says:

    Thank you so much for kindly visiting and following my blog. I shall look forward to returning to read more about you soon.
    Have a great day.
    Bob

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  19. Bob Mills says:

    Wow…you are a very talented and accomplished musician my friend and your blog is excellent. Just wanted to say thank you for visiting and following my own, it is really appreciated.
    I look forward to returning to read more about you.
    Kind Regards
    Bob

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  20. Thank you for following my blog! Love the honesty in your poetry

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  21. tracihalpin says:

    Hey Mike…can you please click to follow my blog? I don’t want to lose you as a follower.
    lovinglifetraci.wordpress.com
    Thanks!

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  22. terbed94 says:

    Hey! I thought about to collaborate with you online. It would be a pleasure for me to do some vocal work for you. I think it would be a great experiment. I link here one of my songs here for you, so you can decide whether you see potential in this project. https://soundcloud.com/d-niel-terbe/living-in-a-dream-v1 (you can find here more stuff)
    You can contact me here: terbe.daniel@icloud.com

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    • midimike says:

      Excellent! I will follow the links and hopefully we will team up on some music. Thank you so much for reaching out!

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      • midimike says:

        I enjoyed the links. I would like to get an idea of your thoughts. Are you looking for someone to write lyrics with, create songs and melody, record and perform/play new songs or to work on material you already have? Let me know where I can help or what you would like to accomplish and I can start moving in that direction. Thanks for your patience…. these things always take longer to start than I hope, but once I start I can move pretty fast LOL!

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  23. I enjoyed listening to your recent release ‘Before the Chase’ and found your posts very interesting to read. Good to hear instrumental music too. Wishing you every success for New Year 2017.

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    • midimike says:

      Thank you so much for the comments and thoughts. I appreciate the visit and want you to feel free to stop by any time. The best to you in 2017 as well!

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      • Certainly will. I dont seem to see many fellow musicians on WordPress unless I’m missing something. Cheers.

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      • midimike says:

        Since your comment I also looked around and see few independent musicians. With so much bands need to do these days to be successful, this is probably lower on the list. Successful blogs require thought and precious time.
        You should do the ReverbNation thing. (I link to mine on my main page…) Even if you just want to listen to new and fresh things. Some are gems already polished and some could be redone with better resources. Either way, you can post your sound tracks and other instrumental arrangements and listen to all sorts of music you will not hear anywhere else.

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      • Hi Mike. Thanks so much for responding to my comments. Glad I’m not alone in this. I will check out ReverbNation you suggested Its always helpful to listen to other kinds of music.

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  24. Rivenrod says:

    Onwards and upwards! It’s good to find a straightforward music man. A rarity these days.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit http://www.rivenrod.com. Much appreciated.

    I am fascinated by the marvels our tiny planets offers as well as the antics of its inhabitants so you can be sure I’ll catch up with what you’re doing as often as I can.

    I look forward to our next encounter.

    RR

    PS. My latest novel, Swell, click here for reviews http://wp.me/PXk9K-259

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