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Meet Mike Jacoby

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mike Jacoby.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, I’m originally from Upstate N.Y – the City of Rochester to be precise. I moved out to Southern California in 1988 and have called Long Beach, CA home since 1992 or so. I’ve been a musician all my life – and been in and out of many bands over the years. I’m a founding member of the “aughts” era Americana band “Haymaker”; we released 3 CD’s of original music and played tons of shows. Since 2012, I’ve been a solo artist – singing and playing and writing and recording my own music. I’ve put out two CDs of original music and this year I’m releasing my third CD – “Long Beach Calling”.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothing in life is ever a smooth road. But instead of thinking about it as “struggles”, I prefer to think of them as challenges. My music is an important part of who I am – and the challenge is to balance that with all the other demands and responsibilities in life.The physical act of practicing one’s instrument – to improve on dexterity and technique is a constant challenge. Thinking about songcraft and trying to write better songs – clearer, more focused, unique….that’s another constant challenge.

I’ve made tons of mistakes and hopefully have learned from…most…of them. haha

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Currently, I’m focused on getting the word out on my new disc “Long Beach Calling”. I’m really proud of how it turned out. “Long Beach Calling” starts with a song that pays homage both to the wonderful city of Long Beach, CA and to the Clash and ends with a song that pays homage to the Elvis impersonator in all of us. In between, there are tales of perseverance and hope; fractured relationships; death; super-models; BBQ Pits and a concise and accurate history of the Rolling Stones. What else would you want in an album?

I’m also rehearsing with the Electric Trio – so keep an eye out for our upcoming shows in the months ahead.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t know… I don’t believe it’s useful to think in terms of “luck”. It’s more important to know who you are and to follow your own path with as much decency and honesty and integrity as you can. Then the chips will fall where they may. For me, it all comes down to the song. I’m always striving to write better songs – songs of experience, songs of happiness, songs of heartbreak, songs of perseverance, songs with humor, songs that chronicle the ups and downs of the absurdity of life. And with any luck, people will be listening!!! Smile

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