Today we’d like to introduce you to Joel Morrison.
Hi Joel, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My Uncle is a children’s performer. I grew up seeing his show “Sharon, Lois, and Bram” when they came to town. I remember the feeling in the auditorium being magical. My family helped put some of the early shows together and being backstage made me feel part of show.
I loved the environment and the excitement of being around musicians and all the different instruments and how they worked amazed me.
After I started playing my friends would always ask for help fixing their guitars as I probably talked about it too much.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Lots of attempts at business that didn’t become my main gig. While teaching and playing in bands has been sustaining me for decades I had a Mono recording company where I would record groups with old reel to reel machines and one large microphone, like they did in the 50s. Building small electric guitars with very large necks, which is not everyone’s thing but I love. I think it’s important to do things you are passionate about and see if there is a market rather than the other way around. At least when you are talking about art.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Understanding what a player is like and what they need from you is the job. You have to understand that they are bringing you one of, if not, their most intimate possessions and leaving it in your care. I have the philosophy of doing as little as possible to maintain the integrity of the guitar and make the guitar play and sound great. I don’t want to make unnecessary alterations to your guitar you’ve had for 30 years.
Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I’m not actually related to Jim Morrison.
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