SkeedlePop, a New Yorker by way of Havana, Cuba, literally began his musical career in the bowels of NYC. As a member of various “a cappella” do-wop groups, the entrance to the subways tunnels was often utilized as performance and rehearsal space. Artists such as The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary and Gordon Lightfoot positively influenced SkeedlePop’s love for acoustic music during the “Great Folk Scare” of the 60s, when he formed and led several folk groups, performing at many of Greenwich Village’s venues and neighborhood bars all over the New York/New Jersey area. He performed countless gigs at the so-called “Irish Strip” in the Bronx where, by demand, he learned many popular Irish/American tunes. While trying to further his musical career, SkeedlePop worked numerous jobs and also attempted to consume all the psychoactive substances available in NYC. Not surprisingly, his efforts rendered him seemingly helpless and hopeless; mentally/physically/emotionally unstable; and devoid of any coordination whatsoever…so he began to work as a cabdriver. Fortuitously, no one was injured and ironically, the many years of empirical research provided the backdrop for many of SkeedlePop’s songs. The common thread throughout SkeedlePop’s music is the experience of living, which encompasses the entire spectrum of emotions. Thoughtful lyrics coupled with deceptively simple arrangements make SkeedlePop’s music a nice place to visit…again and again. His CD “Don’t Get Your Hopes Up” is a compilation of SkeedlePop’s most requested original songs and has been well received by local and international audiences.
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