{' '} {' '}
Limited time offer
SAVE % on your upgrade.

Page 22

20-23-Parsow-220.qxp_SMALLER 1/29/20 3:42 PM Page 20

CREATIVITY connection

springsteen ADMIRER DaviD Parsow is a big—maybe the biggest—fan of “the boss.” he’s seen him 63 times in concert (so far) anD twice on broaDway. whether you’re a close frienD or a casual acquaintance, there’s a gooD chance at least one sPringsteen lyrics reference will finD its way into the conversation. Parsow was at a restaurant with friends about eight years ago when another patron sitting next to him overheard one such discussion.

“this party i called the ‘air musicians festival,’ i had seven of them at the howard street tavern every year from 1978 until 1985, when i had to move it to the Peony Park ballroom because we outgrew the howard street,” he said. Parsow invited friends to bring their favorite song on cassette, “because that was the media for music back then,” to perform, onstage, at top volume. that is, the song— not the person paying live tribute—was at concert level.

“i would introduce them with the microphone and secretly turn the microphone off. so they would be singing into the microphone and the audience would hear the real song, including the lyrics, with the real singer’s voice. because the song was “thunder road,” and the woman’s you sure as hell don’t want to hear anyone else name was Dominique Kousgaard. Parsow sang sing those songs!” he said, chuckling. “i’m not that first song to her softly at a restaurant table, into karaoke but with this—you’re singing, but when he popped the question a couple of believe me; you should see the veins popping years later, it was onstage in front of 400 people out of your neck and the sweat. we’re talking and accompanied by a performance of one of lip-sync with intent.” springsteen’s lesser-known releases from 1980, “little girl, i wanna marry you.” Parsow’s air musicians festival was a huge hit seven years running. so springsteen introduced the couple, in a sense, “she chimed in and asked me what my favorite song was, and i told her, and then she told me what hers was. i knew the song and asked her if she wanted me to sing it to her. so i did,” he said.

“and we’ve been together ever since,” Parsow said. Dominique and David Parsow will celebrate two years of marriage later this year. their marriage is one of the high notes in Parsow’s life, but the proposal wasn’t his first onstage performance.

“how can i keep from singing?” “in the late ‘70s, after seeing bruce springsteen perform four or five times and following a passion for his music, i felt it unfair that just because i couldn’t play an instrument or sing that i couldn’t get up on stage and be that person and sing that song that i have listened to so many times and loved,” he said. so Parsow decided to create that opportunity.

“the passion and the fun that people had at these parties, they just couldn’t wait for the next one,” Parsow said. “but in 1985, i turned 30 years old and it was time to... grow up. i never lost my passion for music—if anything, it grew—but a lot of my friends, my performers, had moved and graduated with their law degrees and medical degrees and whatnot, and i just put it on the back burner.”

“here on business” Parsow was plenty busy at the time with the family business started by his father, sol, in 1952, Parsow’s fine clothing & sportswear. Parsow came on in 1976 and still serves as president today.

20

mmagazine •

FeBRUaRY 2020

air

Profile for metroMAGAZINE

metroMAGAZINE presents our February 2020 edition!  

metroMAGAZINE presents our FEBRUARY 2020 issue online now! metroMAGAZINE is published bi-monthly by ALH Publications, serving the Omaha/Linc...

metroMAGAZINE presents our February 2020 edition!  

metroMAGAZINE presents our FEBRUARY 2020 issue online now! metroMAGAZINE is published bi-monthly by ALH Publications, serving the Omaha/Linc...

Profile for metmago