Music & Me with … Bobby Watts- 01 Apr 2020 -
Image: Bobby Watts (aka wordman54) from Plano, Texas, USA
In this interview, I was honored to chat with Bobby Watts, an incredibly generous supporter of musicians and lyricist, all about what music means to him.
Tell me Bobby, when were you first introduced to music?
At 12 years old I snuck a Beach Boys album into the house. My mom was not a fan of ’rock n roll’ and her response included some ‘Bible thumping’ <yikes>!
Tell me about your favourite teachers?
My high school acapella choir director and, in terms of lyric writing, my influences/heroes include Jimmy Webb, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Carole King and Brandy Clark.
What are your fondest musical memories?
Singing with a folk ensemble during high school. Writing songs and hearing them performed by the church choir; Opening the mail and finding a CD with mixtape of 2 songs I had written and talented nephew generously did the music and vocals.
What is your favourite TV theme tune and/or film soundtrack?
The Big Chill soundtrack, and Les Misérables soundtrack
What was the last music download/ CD you bought?
Callaghan, Acoustic Coffee House II
Imagine you’ve been given $300 to spend on anything music-related. How will you spend it?
Purchase of music/Patreon support for indie artists I support.
How do you balance music with your other obligations?
More of a challenge when I was younger. I was permanently disabled 2 ½ years ago (nerve damage affecting my L arm and hand, cervical spine fusion in October 2017 did not resolve this issue) and unable to return to work as licensed mental health professional. I’ve expanded my support of my nephew and selected indie artists and blogger/writers primarily via Twitter (amazing what you can do with R thumb and smart phone with predictive keyboard and handy copy paste app) and this has given my life a bit more purpose. I’ve learned to back off/back away from the phone when children drop by or I’m feeling disconnected from spouse of 45 yrs.
Happiness is … time spent on the back porch of my parents’ country home overlooking a well-stocked pond and playing Uno or Rummikub with my family and relatives.
I also wanted to share what it’s meant to discover artists/writers on your (UK) side of the pond including Alan West, Emma Jane, Hannah Rose Platt, Rob Vincent and Hollie Rogers among others, and a coupla favs who split time between US and UK – Callaghan, Arielle and Jenn Bostic.
YouTube: youtube.com/user/bjwordman (Click here to listen to a sad ballad and another song Bobby wrote about the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico for which talented nephew did the music and vocals).