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Judge for Rick Macomber

Salem, MA
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Portrait of Rick Macomber
I'm just a guy. I make a little music and shoot some pictures now and then.
At the age of 9, I was turned on to the Beatles. I remember seeing a poster in the ol' barbershop where my dad use to take me for haircuts. It displayed four "moptop" heads with longish hair - just the hair. No faces. The text said simply... "They're Coming." It was the beginning of the British Invasion, and for me, a new way of life. But it was later, at age 12, when I vividly recall hearing the completely new stereo sound separation coming from small KLH speakers on my new "record player." It was the song, "A Day in the Life," from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that got me hooked on the organic sound of the acoustic guitar and the never ending love for vocal harmonies. Soon I had saved enough money from my part-time gig as a soda jerk at the neighborhood drug store to buy my first acoustic - some cheap no-name I purchased at a local pawn shop. Back then I loved the Beatles. I still do. For me it was the way they clearly blended their voices to carry simple lyrics about love. Another early influence was Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. In high school and college I was heavily influenced by the beautiful vocal harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - but primarily by Neil Young's guitar plucking style and unique voice. That's when I picked up my first Marine Band harmonica, added the harmonica headgear and tried to emulate that Neil Young sound, which led to the study of all the great blues harp players like Little Walter, James Cotton, Junior Wells, John Mayall, Paul Butterfield, and Magic Dick (Richard Salwitz).

After playing in a few blues bands as the frontman vocalist and harp player during the high school years (but always secretly practicing my acoustic guitar ; ) I moved on to have a family and a career as a TV News photojournalist here at CBS Boston. It wasn't until a little over a year ago that I met my good friend Yinh, who brought me back to playing live music again. She also introduced me to some talented musicians around the Boston area open mic circuit. Through that process I've met many great new friends and have begun to write and play music daily. Yinh has truly been the catalyst for the revival of my one other pursuit - or diversion from daily life - besides photography and snowboarding.

Singing and playing my acoustic guitar.

Please feel free to check out my photography: