Adviser Update Summer 2016 - Page 47

47 said, “I would wake up really early, and, during the summertime and fall, the first thing I would do is check the waves because the waves don’t come often on the Jersey Shore, and you need to surf when you can.” He parlayed his love for surfing into a position as Caribbean correspondent for Surfing magazine. “So, the fact someone would pay my way to go surfing, and then pay me to write about it, I thought, my God, that’s even better than writing about music.” Writing in the wee small hours of the morning became a lifetime habit, too. “I could literally get up at 5 o’clock, and by 5:07, I was at the typewriter.” His portfolio spans a range of work, including car reviews, real estate, and concerts, as well as bicycling in Iceland and surfing in New Zealand. “There were two reasons to do it,” he said. “One was to earn a living, and the other was to earn experience.” In his early 30s, he was one of five music critics selected to curate the first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. He credits this chapter of his odyssey with providing a more stable environment for his family and sustaining his exigency to explore. when I was 16,” he said. “I owe a lot to music, and I like to think that what I do, my day-to-day job as a curator of The Grammy Museum, is that I give some of that back to music.” “I had my first steady job, and it brought stability to the family, and I was there a whole lot more, probably not as much as I should have been, because that too evolved into a lot of traveling,” he said. “It was just my nature.” To curate a museum, he takes the same approach he would to create a long magazine piece. When artifacts revealed themselves in places like Mississippi and Seattle, he traveled to them. “I just couldn’t control myself,” he said, breaking out in smiles and giggles. Cleveland led to a museum project in Seattle, which led to his role today at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. “When I hear a song or an album or an artist that absolutely knocks me over, I can still connect with that same kind of energy and that same kind of passion I had MICHELLE HARMON Michelle Harmon, MJE, has been a journalism educator for 12 years. Before that, she lived in New York City, working at various corporate jobs, where the skills she used to earn her B.A. in journalism at The Ohio State University supported her travels. The Idaho State Journalism Association awarded Harmon Journalism Teacher of the Year at its 2013 state conference, and The Borah Senator student publication won Best of Show. Youth Journalism International awarded her its 2014 Journalism Educator of the Year honor. Harmon is the Idaho State Director of the Journalism Education Association and a member of its Digital Media Committee. Email: or @mrharmon on Twitter.