I’m John Lonsdale Montgomery Palmer. Sometimes I go by John and sometimes Lonsdale or some variation on it like Lon (most frequent) or Lonnie (not so much). I tried Lonnie as a stage name once but someone said it made them think of an old black bluesman or Loni Anderson, neither of which quite fit the image I wanted to cultivate.
I’m turning sixty-six in July. If you do the math, Elvis was on a roll when I was a kid and I was a teenager in the sixties, seventeen in 1967 (the summer of love) so I’m sure you can figure out what I was up to . . . I survived.
I became a professional musician. I opened for the Who once – actually I opened for the band that opened for the Who. Neat playing for thousands – of people, that is, not dollars.
I did an album in 1971 called Shorelines and it just got reissued in the States on vinyl and as a CD. If you Google “John Palmer Shorelines” you’ll get several pages of reviews and articles on it.
I went into classical music, studied piano, sang in choir, was a church organist/choirmaster, taught pirivate music lessons and eventually, at forty or so, started teaching high school – four more years till I graduate – er, retire.
I kept up my music – you can hear a recent song at palmersopus.com or search “John Palmer Towards the Light” on Youtube. I did some producing, composing and performing, and got some of my psalm settings in the Canadian Catholic Book of Worship III. Eclectic, yes?
I also did some writing for the Toronto Star and a few other newspapers and magazines on the Monarchy – I’m a staunch monarchist – and the I got interested in fiction. My first novel is coming out soon – I’ll post a link for that, too, and another is near completion.
I’ve worked hard, made a lot of mistakes, and done even more thinking about . . . “stuff”.
I’ll be posting a lot of it here.