Allen Montgomery






What inspires you to make music?

The school orchestra director walked into my 7th grade music class, and asked if anyone wanted to join the orchestra. My hand shot up right away, because I hated music class, and I thought that would get me out of it. It actually got me out of study hall, and I still had to go to music class. I never got to be very good at playing the cello, because I didn't take it seriously. I just thought being in the orchestra was fun, but I never practiced on my own. I'm actually more of a computer nerd, but it seems to me that my life is a bit too one sided, and music might be a good way to create some balance. The main question now is, "which instrument?" I really like the sound of saxophones, but they are expensive, and you can't play chords on them. I guess that's a bit of my nerdiness showing through, because chords are something I can analyze. After giving it a lot of thought, I have pretty much settled on the baritone ukulele. Ukuleles are inexpensive, small enough to carry around on my scooter, so I can practice out in the woods and not piss off my neighbors, and they can play chords. Due to its relatively large size, the baritone ukulele is likely to be easier on my hands than the smaller varieties. I also like the fact that you can tune it like a guitar, in case I ever want to go in that direction. I'm definitely starting out with acoustic, but I think it would be kind of cool to have an electric instrument with nylon strings. It could be done with an optical pickup. I don't know anything about building instruments, but that is something else that might be worth looking into.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Musically, I am nowhere near being ready to do that. On the other hand, I love speaking in front of an audience. Sometimes, everybody will start laughing, and I'm thinking, "Did I say something funny?"

What do you think of Drooble?

It looks like a really nice setup for musicians. I'm also looking for an alternative to Facebook that's a bit more general purpose. Alex Jones is a nut job. I have absolutely no interest in him. Just the same, Facebook has pissed me off by trying to filter out what they perceive to be harmful content. I'm an adult. I think I should be allowed to do that for myself. With Drooble, aside from copyright violations, pretty much anything goes. I like that.

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