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Rhythms and Roots

Rhythms and Roots – Nick Macy Interview

Ana Carolina González-Peña • June 25, 2024

 Music, Culture, and Diversity with Nick Macy

We firmly believe that music celebrates diversity, unites us as human beings, and is a common language that we all understand. Listening to different rhythms, dancing, and connecting through a melody reminds us of our shared humanity. Our new series, “Rhythms and Roots: A Musical Journey with Nick,” will highlight the importance of diversity and equity through music, exploring how different genres and styles can bring us together.

To discuss this, we have Nick, a technology specialist at the Center for Modern Aging in Princeton. Nick is a beloved figure in our center: always ready to help, whether it’s over the phone or in person, connecting audio systems, assisting with online registrations, or enlivening Bingo games with his sense of humor. With his colorful hats and contagious smile, Nick is always making new friends.

But Nick doesn’t just share his love for technology; he also has a deep passion for music, which has shaped his life from a young age. In this series, Nick will guide us through his vast knowledge and appreciation for music, sharing his musical beginnings, his favorite bands, and his incredible vinyl collection. Every two weeks, Nick will take us on a musical journey that you won’t want to miss.

Nick, can you tell us how your love for music began and what inspired you to become a music specialist?

“My love for music started thanks to my parents, who introduced me to classic rock from a young age. Listening to the songs they loved, I discovered bands like Pearl Jam, although at first, I resisted because my dad enthusiastically sang their songs in the car. Over time, I immersed myself in that music and ended up seeing Pearl Jam live twenty years ago. Since then, I’ve been fascinated by good melodies and rhythms in songs, regardless of the genre. I ventured beyond the classic rock my parents listened to, exploring rap, jazz, and other genres that broadened my musical horizons.”

 Could you name three of your favorite artists or bands?

“Coincidentally, they all start with ‘P’: Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, and Phish. Each represents a unique style within rock, and each has had a significant impact on my life and my musical appreciation.”

I also know you’re a vinyl enthusiast. How did your collection start, and what drew you to vinyl?

“My vinyl collection exceeds 600 albums. I love exploring rock records and adjacent genres from past decades. Often, I buy unknown albums that I find interesting at second-hand stores for just a dollar. It’s an exciting way to discover new music and artists I might never have known otherwise.”

Tell us a bit about your radio show, “Macy’s House of Wax.” What makes it unique?

“’House of Wax’ (http://www.radiobux.com) has been my project for the past four years. I broadcast vinyl albums in their entirety, without repeating an album, exploring everything from classics to lesser-known gems. The experience of listening to a complete album is fundamental to me, as is interacting with my audience in real-time while we share our impressions of the music. It’s gratifying to know that I can inspire others to discover and appreciate new pieces of music.”

With these key points, Nick will take us on a journey through his passion for music, from his early influences by his parents to his current dedication as a vinyl DJ. We are excited to see how this passion unfolds each week in our new music section, where Nick will recommend bands and albums you won’t want to miss.

Join us to discover new sounds, celebrate musical diversity, and expand your music library!

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