Step into a time machine, and let the evocative tunes of The Pink Roses transport you back to the golden age of rock, while also grounding you in the nuances of the present. The man behind this sonic magic is Don, a spirited individual for whom age is not a limitation but a passport to musical discovery. When Don celebrated his 60th birthday, he made a heartwarming promise to himself: to pen a song every week and release an album every year for the rest of his life. A lofty aspiration, one might say, but for someone with a burning passion for music, it’s a mission that brings life into full technicolor.
Growing up, Don was enamored with music. The allure of the guitar strums in “Lola” by the Kinks sparked his curiosity about the art of songwriting. His initial days of crafting tunes during his school years might not have produced chart-toppers, but they laid the foundation for his future creations. Two decades ago, in his 40s, he embarked on the journey of recording albums, a venture that saw a brief hiatus as he navigated through the responsibilities of family life. But today, leading a new band, The Pink Roses, and the mastermind behind the upcoming album “Guinea Fowl and the Easter Bunny”, Don is ready to share his voice with the world.
Ask Don about his process, and he paints a vivid picture of crafting a tapestry. He doesn’t start with a fixed idea. Instead, he gathers fragments of inspiration – a catchy title, a captivating melody, an evocative lyric – and assembles them together. Like piecing together a quilt, he stitches these elements into a harmonious whole. The Pink Roses is not just a tribute to the 70s, the era that shaped Don’s musical sensibilities. It is a band that seeks to challenge and offer perspectives in our increasingly postmodern world. While Don’s influences include the likes of Dylan, The Beatles, Bowie, and Costello, his music transcends time, blending the nostalgic with the contemporary.
2023 is poised to be a pivotal year for Don and The Pink Roses. With the release of their debut album and plans to garner a dedicated fan base, the horizon looks promising. But beyond the fame and the applause, Don’s purpose is clear. As a Christian, he expresses his gratitude for the chance to know Jesus Christ better and sees his music as an extension of this gratitude. Don’s story is a testament to the power of dreams and the impact of perseverance. In the twilight years, when most would lean back and reminisce, he leans forward, chasing melodies and penning tunes that resonate with both the young and the old. The Pink Roses is not just a band; it’s a message – that it’s never too late to pursue your passion, to dance to your own rhythm, and to bloom in full splendor, no matter the season. Learn more about Don and The Pink Roses in his recent interview.