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Mo Orosco's Sound Advice 

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  • Julie Ann Vinson
Mo Orosco is a multi-instrumentalist based in Colorado Springs. In addition to his work as a solo artist and composer across a variety of genres, Orosco has played bass live with Whiskey Fingers and, more recently, contributed percussion, harmonica, bass and keyboards to Skye Radio. Orosco also boasts a few acting credits, including an episode of Unsolved Mysteries and more than a hundred performances of the stage production Anasazi – The Ancient Ones while living in New Mexico. When not performing, Orosco works as a music teacher, offering guitar, bass and ukulele lessons.

Early inspirations: Music has been in my life since I can remember. I had an aunt and cousin who were only a few years older than me, and we would listen to all the Top 40 songs of the day (late ’50s, early ’60s). Warner Bros. cartoons were a huge influence in my musical upbringing. Their music director, Carl Stalling, amazed me with his arrangements of both classical music and the pop standards of the day.

Essential Saturday night and Sunday Morning listening: I like listening to many styles of music, so anything that will make you want to jump up and shake your boo-tay is good for Saturday nights. Sunday mornings are pretty relaxing. Acoustic guitar instrumentals are great any time, in my book.

First record I bought with my own money: I was 14 years old in 1969, and the first album I bought was The Beatles’ Abbey Road. I spent many hours listening to every detail of the recording. A masterpiece!

“Wish I’d written that” song: There are two songs I wish I had written — Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” and Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind.” Both songs are acoustic guitar-driven, and that was a huge influence for me to learn both songs.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: “Honey,” by Bobby Goldsboro. I’d rather drive into a tree. Yes, done that already once.

Not quite guilty pleasures and finding common ground: Prog music has been put aside by many people. Why it’s taken so long for certain bands to make the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is beyond me. It could be that prog is very sophisticated, like jazz. It takes a special appreciation to enjoy. I worked as a substitute teacher for about 20 years in D-2 and D-11. I got to enjoy some of the kids’ music, and the teacher wanted me to show the class some of my music. I added some of my songs for kids to learn, and they absolutely loved them.

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