While my husband hikes the Adirondacks, I hike the streets of Greenwich Village and Broadway!!!!
After a year of blogging, I learned that even after 25 years as a reporter, I still love chasing a story and meeting new people and interviewing and writing. I learned that my initial premise of “unblocking” all music is really valid. I interviewed Take 6 (a cappella) and I interviewed Concrete Dream (trap metal)! I also interviewed the Brummies (rock) and wrote lots of theatre stories; all different genres and all different types of music! And, most importantly, I proved to myself that ALL music is worth listening to at least once!
Who The Heck is Debbie Galante Block
If you don’t know me, let me introduce myself. Remember when the teacher asked you to write an essay and every one groaned? I didn’t! I officially said that I wanted to be a writer in 4th grade. I didn’t know what that meant until I went to college and realized journalism was my passion. Specifically, music journalism. It took some years and some writing for technical publications until I met Randy Savicky, then editor of Pro Sound News! Working fulltime during the day writing about chemicals and recycling, I was also writing articles about music at night for Pro Sound News.
That is how I found my way into music journalism; writing about pro audio equipment. Pro Sound News lead me to Billboard where I became “quote queen.” I worked on many special issues for producers and artists interviewing everyone from Lionel Ritchie to Steven Tyler to Celine Dion…still my top favorites. I spoke with many producers. The first was Phil Ramone. How lucky was that? He worked with everyone from Billy Joel to Paul Simon to Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra.
After Phil, I met Frank Filipetti (Foreigner) Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan), Al Schmitt (Paul McCartney) and Nile Rodgers (Chic, Daft Punk) to name a few. I was very fortunate. Many of these fabulous producers are working on Broadway projects. My worlds are colliding!
In terms of other publications, I have written for…well, the list goes on and on. Some of the publications are: Mediapack, Emedia, Tape Disc Business, DVD Report, Digital2Disc, Musician, and InTune Monthly, all of which have given me access to song writers and artists both pop/rock and Broadway. And, In Tune’s focus is young musicians giving me a different perspective on music, instruments, gear and how you can bring that all together on a stage…at a concert or in a Broadway musical.
So, please send me messages, and I will try and track down your favorites and find out who their mentors are, who their dream collaborations are, and in some cases, how they have remained relevant through the decades.