One of best things I love about life are the discoveries that comes at you out of left field. In other words, you’re blindsided. I met Mikel Rouse at a dinner party. We had met before but that night, I really “met” Mikel. He’s a musician, a composer - one by the most talented order - who melds popular music with traditional form.
The saying, “Inspiration is all around you” was never truer than in his story that night. Mikel was at his favorite restaurant bar, listening to the hilarious escapades of his bartender, “a really good guy.” The bartender was recounting a time when he was at the amusement park, Six Flags Great Adventure. He was being naughty, rambunctious, “Dennis-the-Menace,” when authorities whisked him away to some room. “I was in Great Adventure jail,” he said. And that was it. Inspiration hit, and Mikel had his song. If you have trouble seeing the video, click here.
Here’s blindside #2: he filmed this
video on his iPhone, and used the glare from his computer screen as his
lighting. And my takeaway of the
song? It’s truly a talent when your only instruments are your voice and hand-claps, and yet you hear so much music