New Jersey Stage Issue 75 - Page 158

interviewing John Wozniak from Marcy Playground ( best known for the 90 ’ s hit “ Sex & Candy ”), and commenting that their new album at the time , “ Leaving Wonderland ... in a fit of rage ” was a wonderful mix of really fun , happy songs & really sad songs , to which he very openly talked at length about how he was suffering from clinical depression while making the album , and the songs were a result of that . His being so open about something so personal .... it was a powerful , memorable moment , and I am happy that he was willing to share that .
What about live concerts ? You have presented shows regularly for a long time . Any stand out as your favorites ? Oh , there are so many . One I ’ ve been thinking about lately was a summer where I reached out to a bunch of musicians about them collaborating with other musicians , and the end result was 2 concerts with musicians pairing up to perform their songs together , and in a few instances write new songs together . I wish I did that annually , and maybe after the pandemic I will try to bring that back . What is sad is thinking back on all the shows I have done over 20 years , and shows I have been to even , is the number of venues that we have lost in that time , and how many more we may lose because of the pandemic . When the pandemic is over and it safe to go to venues again , please support venues that support the local original music scene . Speaking of shows , what ’ s it been like for you during the pandemic ? Do you watch any of the virtual shows ? Most of the times when stressful things that are outside my control happen I go through several days to a week of kind of being in a state of shock and confusion and
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interviewing John Wozniak from Marcy Playground ( best known for the 90 ’ s hit “ Sex & Candy ”), and commenting that their new album at the time , “ Leaving Wonderland ... in a fit of rage ” was a wonderful mix of really fun , happy songs & really sad songs , to which he very openly talked at length about how he was suffering from clinical depression while making the album , and the songs were a result of that . His being so open about something so personal .... it was a powerful , memorable moment , and I am happy that he was willing to share that .

What about live concerts ? You have presented shows regularly for a long time . Any stand out as your favorites ? Oh , there are so many . One I ’ ve been thinking about lately was a summer where I reached out to a bunch of musicians about them collaborating with other musicians , and the end result was 2 concerts with musicians pairing up to perform their songs together , and in a few instances write new songs together . I wish I did that annually , and maybe after the pandemic I will try to bring that back . What is sad is thinking back on all the shows I have done over 20 years , and shows I have been to even , is the number of venues that we have lost in that time , and how many more we may lose because of the pandemic . When the pandemic is over and it safe to go to venues again , please support venues that support the local original music scene . Speaking of shows , what ’ s it been like for you during the pandemic ? Do you watch any of the virtual shows ? Most of the times when stressful things that are outside my control happen I go through several days to a week of kind of being in a state of shock and confusion and

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