Mew replies to Mark
Sure, I'd be honored to write Steve's bio!
Mew has second thoughts:
Oh man, My new semester starts tomorrow- I have to write a project
plan for my Master's Research, an outline my independent study, and
a paper... plus the kids are sick... how the heck am I going to write
a witty, charming, informative bio as well!?
[In the background music
softly begins: "I'm just a girl who can't say no...".]
Wait! I've got it! Steve
has no less than 11 bios on his web site! I'll just steal from them...
er... um... USE them for research! Research! Yeah! That's it. Us grad
students excel at research.
I first met Steve in 1992 at OVFF. I was drawn to his strong rhythm
guitar and his equally strong voice. (and, OK, he was kind of
cute) He shares my reputation as a 'Harmony Slut' (he'll
sing with anyone). He's an incredibly strong and polished performer
and you should go hear him yourself. To encourage this I humbly (and
with admitted laziness) present:
Potpourri of Quotes about Steve with Commentary from the Author.'
Steve was born in 1961 near Kalamazoo, Michigan. He had a happy but
somewhat difficult childhood where he was frequently confused with
the family dog: "...they ...put a leash on that kid". (NM)
His musical career "...began in the bathtub." (NM) but he
went on to study music at Western Michigan University majoring in
Bassoon and voice. "I saw Steve numerous times ...flying down
the steps of the Music building, arms raised over his head like wings,
singing The Sound of Music at volumes which ...shattered
windows." (NM) After serving time for destruction of property
he eventually left, married and had three children: Luke, Renee, and
Josh. Currently he makes his living as a musician but his secret identity
is as a systems engineer.
Steve had typically fannish
beginnings and was not always the polished, elegant, (occasionally
silly) performer he is today. "He had a shirt pocket protector.
He shoved so much crap into his double-knit polyester pants pockets
that they bulged. [He] was a geek!" (NM) Now when he performs
it's a different story: "A whole group of pretty, young serving
maids stare at him lovelorn. Hearts get broken today." (JH)
Steve's powerful rhythm guitar playing matches his voice. "Steve
likes to sing. That's about it. He likes to sing. A lot. Real loud."
(PG) He's been singing his whole life. "He has played more open
stages, under- paid gigs, slow bar nights, and places with questionable
futures than I'd even ever care to think about." (SM)
He also performs at Renaissance
Fairs as Gallamor the Bard. "You would imagine him with a lute.
A bloody loud 12-string lute." (JH) He is terrific at getting
a whole bunch of people to sing along and often heads up jam sessions.
He's happy to make music with anybody. His musical influences are
diverse ranging from Jethro Tull & The Beatles, to Beethoven &
Saint Saens, with some Indigo Girls, Peter Paul and Mary and John
Denver thrown in... these and many many more! Operators are standing
Do not think that Steve has
avoided the more sordid aspects of the music biz. In his lycra and
makeup strewn, heavy metal period, while other performers were content
to merely smash guitars, "...he shot himself a guitar..."(BR)
Fortunately it was only winged and has since recovered fully. During
Steve's avant-garde period he once "...appeared on-stage nearly
naked and painted blue." (PB) This was later referred to as his
"Blue Man Solo" tour. Steve has sung in choirs since 3rd
grade and composed well over a hundred songs. How did he find his
way to the strange but friendly little world of Filking?
Steve Discovers Fandom
Steve started reading SF at 13 with Heinlein. He loved SF and classic
Sci-Fi films (as evidenced by his wonderful song "I Just
Love Those Old B Movies"). So when he finally went to a
con he "didn't waste time testing the waters of fandom. He just
bellyflopped right on in." (LH)
Daniel Glasser describes the
sordid lure of filking and its effect upon Steve's tender psyche: