TTS:The Top Shelf would like to welcome Don Miggs to the blog today! When you do any work for the local scene, you realize how large the network is. You meet one band and they introduce you to another band and another and another. That’s how I met Don. He asked me to do a review for Miggs’ InsOmnia album. I totally didn’t think about the fact that I’ve done review work before this…wow. Anyway, before I ask you to fill in the blanks of what I’ve missed, tell the readers about your band.
DM: most of what i could tell you is written better already on miggsmusic.com or facebook.com/miggsmusic so check there. we are a band of three that love to write, record, tour and meet new friends. we tweet a bit too much at twitter.com/miggsmusic and our videos are on youtube.com/miggsmusic so go forth and discover all that is miggs!!!
TTS: So I’m surfing on the internet one day and I’m checking out one of my favorite gossip blogs that I go to. Imagine my shock when I see an article on this blog about you and your band doing a video with Lindsay Lohan! I feel like I’ve missed so much while I’ve been getting my back better. What else has happened that I’ve missed?
DM: since insOmnia?!?!?!?!??! a lifetime. 3 drummers, a bass player and going from a 4 piece to a 3 piece. oh and 2 kick-ass albums, tours with everyone from candlebox to plain white t’s to KT Tunstall and more, more, more…Lindsay was a whole other story. wait for the paperback!
TTS: I know that readers are probably thinking by now “Hey this is supposed to be about books!” I really apologize to you guys but I haven’t spoken to Don in ages! So now that I’ve gotten my fill in and you guys know about the band and what they’ve done, let’s talk about books! What do you like to read?
DM: i will read most anything but my focus this year is classic novels (or novels that will become classics) and biographies. My favorites this year are Steve Tolz’ “A Fraction Of The Whole” and “Downtown Owl” by Chuck Klostermann. I keep a list of what I’ve read throughout the year to be sure there is balance. lol. i’m nuts. i also write my name inside after i’ve completed a book, with date and location. i feel like it gives the book a heartbeat and ask that anyone who reads it after me do the same.
TTS: Do you feel that what you read influences you as a musician? If so, how?
DM: of course! it is how you feed your mind, develop deeper thoughts, learn to articulate better than before you read a certain book, get lyrical ideas. not reading is a mistake several smart writers make. i don’t get it. how else can you observe other ways to get your point across? i would say that 75% of my lyrics have some book as the origin or an influencer.
TTS: Is there any genre you wouldn’t read?
DM: Romance can leave me a bit bored, actually.
TTS: You guys have been incredibly busy. When do you find time to read? How do you find that balance?
DM: on a tour bus there is nothing but time. before a show, after soundcheck, waiting to leave a venue at night. it’s where you can find me- near a book. i sort of had a fan book club for a while. fans of me personally know that what i discuss is usually a book i’m reading! and i’ve given out books on tour. gotten a few, too. i want more!!!
TTS: What draws you to your favorite genre? Do you think these same factors come into play when you create music?
DM: i never considered that but i think so. i like truth. i like a well written verse. i like to feel like i’m learning something or am being inspired. there is nothing better than a book you can’t put down or forget.
TTS: What’s your favorite book and why?
DM: there isn’t really one any longer. for a long time it was “the fountainhead” by ayn rand. classic. beautiful. I love david carr’s “night of the gun” and even “conversations with bono” by bono and a writer i am forgetting.
TTS: If you haven’t read any rock fiction are you planning on checking out any of the books featured here?
DM: i’ve just really gotten into your site and you can bet i will be stocking up on a few! but right now i have a queue of about 60 books. i can’t pass a bookstore or amazon and not buy something. i need an intervention, i fear…
TTS: Once again, I would like to thank Don for taking the time to chat with us. Hopefully his band plays Columbus sometime down the road when I’m better. Be sure to check out Miggs’ new single “Let The Games Begin” it’s on ITunes now.
DM: keep reading and stop by and say hi. i love talking books…