Steve’s very well-read post “A Jazz Musician’s Wisdom on Listening: Lessons for Us in Healthcare” has helped broaden the audience and bridge the art and science of healthcare as a guestblogger for Confident Voices in Healthcare Blog. Learn a little more about Steve and his work in music and publishing:
1. Tell CV readers a little bit about yourself.
I’ve always lived outside the box: a jazz musician, a writer, a poet. I started college as a pre-med major, and quickly became disillusioned with that. I worked for a while as a computer programmer and had great hopes for how information management and expert systems would improve healthcare. Like all tools, these can be misused, and all too often are.
2. What do you think is the most fundamental problem or concern we face in healthcare?
We keep thinking about it as “healthcare.” It is not; it is illness care. What we need is much more focus on prevention. The medical journals are full of articles about treatment, and precious little about prevention.
3. What do you think we need to do to fix it? Or what’s one thing we can do that will help fix it?
We need to get the profit motive out of “healthcare” — at least to the extent possible. The first step is to eliminate the control that insurance companies and drug companies exert on the medical “industry” and on the public.
4. Anything else you’d like to add?
Medical education needs to be humanized. I don’t have the key to how that can be done, but this is a dialog that everyone needs to get involved in.
During his twenty-five years of teaching guitar at Berklee College of Music, Steve developed his pick-and-finger style playing, borrowing from jazz, rock, blues, and classical music. Listen to Steve and you’ll hear the melody singing out over chords and bass lines, with a little percussion thrown in for good measure. Whether he’s playing a jazz tune by Duke Ellington, a popular standard by George Gershwin, a Latin tune by Antonio Carlos Jobim, or one of his original compositions, Steve approaches each song with musical sensitivity and imagination.
Steve has been performing throughout New England for nearly half a century. He has played with artists ranging from Chicago blues singer Little Walter to song stylists Al Martino and Anna-Maria Alberghetti. Steve has played guitar and bass with many groups over the years, including the Blues Children, Xbalba, Eastwood Swing Orchestra, and the Travelin’ Light Jazz Duo.
In recent years Steve has focused on blending his many musical influences into a unique solo guitar style and composed, arranged, and performed all the songs on the two CDs that accompany No Fret Cooking and developing MAAT publishing company with his wife, Marilynn Carter.
Learn more about Steve at www.frogstoryrecords.com Steve has recorded 10 CDs on the Frogstory Record label.
“My goal is to make the guitar sing. I always sing the lyrics in my head while I play. That helps me to convey the mood and story of the song through my instrument.”