Maynard: If my mind is clear and it's real music, not Brittany Timberlake Jackson Manilow, then I'm always surprised by it. You never get used to cold showers - they always wake you up. As for playing, it's the preconception thing…less preconceptions, more surprises, more fun.
Blues singer/guitarist Maynard Silva was the first person I interviewed for WorkshopLive’s profile series. I heard a lot of great stuff doing those interviews, but to me nobody topped Maynard. Beginner’s luck on my part, I guess.
Maynard has been fighting cancer for a while now. There’s a wonderful story about him and his son, Milo, in their hometown paper, the Vineyard Gazette, and it’s well worth reading. Also, because I’m a sentimental guy, I’m posting the whole interview with Maynard in the continuation section of this entry.
Milo, by the way, is a devotee of Tuvan music and all things Mongolian. I interviewed him as well, but found it too hard to connect the Tuvan music he was playing with the guitar/bass/keyboard interests that I expected WorkshopLive subscribers to have. One of these days I’ll give it another shot.