Gary Michael Mazzola – Golden Days
Discuss your existence.
I’m a songwriter from Tehachapi, CA. I spend all my time writing songs, recording, and working in the community theater.
I have Parkinson’s disease but I keep my head up and keep moving forward.
State your favorite genre of music and your reason.
My favorite kind of music is blues-rock because it just has so much feeling.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
I’ve been playing music and writing songs since 1968 and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I put on concerts at the local BeeKay Theater.
Tell us the theme of your song.
I Got A Hole In My Pocket is about not being able to hold on to things like money time and love.
Tell us your future goals.
I’ve been at this a long time and my dream is to be nominated for a Grammy as a songwriter.
Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.
I write lot songs about what I’m going through now I think people can relate to it. People who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease can see that life doesn’t stop when you get a disease like this.
Analyze the transformations you have discovered so far in the music industry.
The music industry is changing so much and the cost of equipment has dropped.
I have a background in video production so I make many music videos out of my songs. I have a Picture of Joni Mitchell in my living room. I remember when ‘Blue’ came out. It seems to change everything. She said things in that album that I didn’t realize you could say when writing a song.
State the artists you cherish most and your reason.
The Beatles, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and early Elvis Presley have influenced me.
Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.
I love doing harmonies and I love singing with people I don’t get much of a chance to do that so I record myself mostly.
Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.
I want songs with messages that inspire me.
Discuss the impact of a Performance Rights Organization.
I am with ASCAP, which is a great organization that looks out for musicians.
Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.
When I write a song, I usually record it five times and try different arrangements, keys, and tempos with my Yamaha MOXF 88 that has every sound that I could ever want. I just keep trying things until I’m satisfied and I love to perform.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
The title of my song is I Got A Hole In My Pocket which’s about holding onto things.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
The title of my album is Golden Days and I chose that title in reference to my youth and people and places I’ve known.