by Pete Grubbs
So you want to know
about Steve Macdonald, eh?
Well, let me tell
you . . . . . .
The more mundane stuff
about Steve is out on the web at http://www.stevemacdonald.org.
He put his bio there; in fact, he put no fewer than EIGHT bios
there. (I mean, honestly, can you spell o-v-e-r-k-i-l-l?) That
said, I'm not going to re-hash all of his Pegasus Awards (4),
his con appearances and honors (double-digits and counting)
and his high school graduation date (Vicksburg, 1980). I'm
going to tell you Everything I Know About Steve:
Steve likes to sing.
That's about it. He
likes to sing. A lot. Real loud.
He sings serious songs;
he sings silly songs; he sings fannish songs; he sings mundane songs;
he sings harmonies; he sings leads; he sings songs he wrote; he sings
Jethro Tull (Go ahead; ASK him to sing some Tull, then go out for
pizza and come back; he'll still be singing Tull.). Steve also
likes to play guitar. He's modest about his guitar playing and, truth
be told, he isn't exactly a guitar god, but HE AIN'T BAD. He does
one thing with the guitar exactly the way he should: He accompanies
himself very well. (This might not sound like a big deal, but there's
an art to it that transcends just playing the guitar or just singing.
In fact, any time you see someone who can play decently and sing decently
at the same time, you should be a little impressed. It's not nearly
as easy as it looks.) He's also pretty fair at jamming out with
other folks, even when he doesn't know the song. He's better when
he knows the song and he knows A LOT of songs. Especially Jethro Tull.
Did I mention Tull? He likes to sing requests. In fact, he loves to
sing requests. If you like filk, you should ask Steve to sing for
you. He will. He's just that kind of guy.
Steve is also a great
pal. He can sing all night long (I have proof), he can talk
all night long (I have proof) but he can also LISTEN all night
long. How many people do you know who can do that? He has an opinion
about almost everything (I have proof) and he's usually wrong
about almost everything (I have proof) but he's never snotty
or difficult about it. Well, almost never.
Steve Macdonald? He's
a good guy, a fine performer and a great friend.
Good choice, Balticon;
you did yourself proud.