A Voice for the Voiceless Hanging out with Mac Rowe OF Dogs on Main Street Story by Victoria Riggio Photography by Maddy Talias
usic was always a part of Mac Rowe’s life. Although neither of his parents played instruments, both exposed him to an array of genres and sounds. His dad introduced him to Seattle grunge and his mom, to American rock. Even before he could talk, he listened. Car rides with his mom were filled
with Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run and Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever. He knows not of a direct influence that either of these musical exposures had on him, but he knows that they had a lasting effect, even if only for creating a basis for his love of music. As he grew independent, he became involved with punk rock, as a result of his uncle’s influence, and expanded his musical sounds beyond that of what his parents had introduced him to. Much like the passive musical car rides of his infancy, through his mom’s encouragement, Mac started piano lessons at age eight, though he only continued for two short years. Although he loved music, he despised playing the piano. It was an external motivator that drove him to practice, not like his future internal desire to play the guitar. The experience of what he disliked was recognized as a main objective in discovering an outlet, an outlet for his restless mind; and he did. For Mac, creating music, with lyrics and a guitar, is a peace finding. After giving up the piano, he picked up the electric guitar, with his first guitar being an electric one. Unlike the piano, Mac’s desire to learn how to play the guitar was intrinsic; therefore, it is no surprise that he is self-taught. He’d choose a song that he liked and would then teach it to himself. It was at this point in his life that he envisioned a dream of creating a band, but, as most young children with such a dream experience, his family explained to him the difficulties of thriving in such an industry as that of music; to which he responded by acknowledging the potential struggles of his desired career while remaining true to his heart by moving forward in the direction of a future in music.
V23 CREATIVE MAGAZINE
A quarterly online publication showcasing young adult artists in various areas of creative production.