THE JOURNEY ZONE
||Ross Muir's Journey Zone Staff Profile
MY SCREEN NAME/commonly seen posting as:
MY MARITAL STATUS:
Married to Anne Russell Muir
FAVOURITE JOURNEY ALBUM:
Trial by Fire
FAVOURITE JOURNEY SONG:
Easy to Fall
FAVOURITE JOURNEY SINGER:
You're kidding, right?
Ah, o.k., what about favourite group, then?: Good question. There are a fair few bands I really admire, but to give you just one name who currently still perform and musically produce to a high standard? Cheap Trick.
FAVOURITE ALL-TIME SONG:
Dedication (Pat Travers)
Dances With Wolves (Extended Directors Cut Edition)
FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMS:
There are a number I like, but nothing currently that is absolutely 'daren't miss'. The last set of programmes that I would cite as excellent 'must see' t.v. for me were probably The West Wing (U.S. political drama), Babylon 5 (science fiction) & Firefly ('science western' fiction). Firefly was sadly cancelled very early in its career but from its ashes came an excellent movie based on the series (Serenity).
FAVOURITE SWEAR WORDS:
Simon Cowell (while respecting his achievements - well done, Simon, wish I had your money).
Lazy, formulated, or 're-imagined entertainment' (as I describe it), whether in music, television or movies; and writing personal profiles...
Just your ordinary average guy... although Joe Walsh once sang the same, and look how he turned out...I wanted to get more seriously involved in music or even graphic or comic book artwork back in the day, but as regards the latter it was a problematic pursuit from the off as the West of Scotland isn't exactly a hotbed for that career or ability, although Mark Millar managed just fine, thank you very much. Musical claims to fame include singing Todd Rundgren songs backstage with Pat Travers, and some two and a half decades prior to that performance I was dodging school classes to help keep a beat or run a bass line for Mike (The Waterboys) Scott as he recorded demos. Mike always wanted to be involved in music - and is. I always wanted to be involved in music - and ended up in Architecture. Go figure.
Away from the day job I can be found sharing time and events with my wife Anne, as well as with good friends, but also enjoy 'alone' time, especially if reading or writing. We prefer to take holidays/ breaks exploring our own country these days, but have taken many trips Stateside to visit friends in the San Francisco and Santa Cruz areas (Anne used to live in California and I have an affinity and familiarity with the Bay Area that I can't explain, so I don't try), and the trips across the pond allow me to head for Candlestick Park and San Francisco 49er's games, which is part of another passion...I played (American) Football for four years and, strange though it may seem, being deep in the heart of Scottish Links golf country I hardly ever swung a club (Mark Twain was right - spoils a good walk) but used to catch a football at a Pro-Am level before the World League and subsequently NFL Europe got to the UK.
Other hobbies or pastimes include cycling, walking, Pilates & physio exercises, although the latter are more necessity over relaxation to help keep chronic lower back problems at bay (courtesy of that football thing mentioned earlier). I also enjoy writing (primarily on music, but pretty much on any subject that interests me or that I feel needs addressed to keep the buggers 'honest') and have written many articles in my professional capacity. I'm also proud to be amongst those that are termed 'The Vocal Minority'. And having given up 'proper singing' over twenty five years ago it's fair to say that thankfully, for the musical world, I write a lot more than I sing.
As regards music, however...
I was brought up in an environment where pop, crooners, big band, light jazz and musicals were all part of the mix, and while my father was comfortable in the knowledge that there were no writers or singers quite like the Berlin's or Sinatra's respectively of his own era, my mum was more likely to be singing along to fifties or sixties pop, and both my parents could certainly hold a tune. I had the knack of being able to pick up tune by ear and play or 'mimic' it back quickly, and could also hold a beat on a drum kit or play a bass line fairly competently, yet when it came to say the guitar or piano... forget it. What I can do, to this day, is tell immediately when pitch is off or someone or something is out of tune.
I do however always seem to be involved with, or surrounded by, music in some shape or form, and that includes writing about it or talking about it (with like minded friends and musicians alike). Due to being more musically active back in the day (in connection with fan club interaction and promoting bands in the U.K. as an enthusiastic amateur - I was never on any payrolls), I still circle in some interesting musical waters as regards keeping in touch with musicians, contacts, and buddies who are either in the profession or since retired from the business. For the record I'm a 70's rock boy at heart, and very much a product of my own musical era.
I certainly don't apologise for that and indeed still maintain and believe it to be the most creative musical decade for many genres, and rock in particular (progressive, mainstream, heavy rock, fusion, etc). My music collection runs the 'muirsical' alphabet from A(bba) to Z(z top), through rock (including progressive, heavy and melodic), pop, a selection of the classic crooners, blues, some jazz, jazz fusion, and classical. Bottom line - from Mendelssohn to Emerson Lake & Palmer, Dream Theater to Miles Davis... it all 'rocks' in some form for me. There are a number of musical forms you won't find in that mix however, including Rap, Sampling, Electronica and Techno. I don't even recognise the latter styles as any form of music, and to me it's simply a 'pulse' for the younger or newer generations, and not one that sits comfortably with my own (musical) biorhythms.
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Last Updated 20 February, 2010 (DHG)