Stories/Autobiographical

“A BATTLE OF THE BANDS”(A true story)

Here’s another band story from my early days as a musician. Despite being a high school dance band that “played music you couldn’t dance to”, my first band “Driver” played some great gigs—– and for a bunch of young kids,we were really quite good! Loud———but good. I want to emphasize that point before I tell […]

“BRIAN MEETS A MAYAN”(A True Story)

This might be one of the most bizarre stories from my days working for Carnival Cruise lines. The year was 1997, and I was performing in the Piano bar. It was a typical crazy night, and I had a crowd of people around me singing along with me as I played. Part of the way […]

“BAPTISM BY FIRE: MY FIRST PRO MUSIC GIG”

Before I tell you the crazy story of my first pro gig, I feel I need to give a little history about me and how I became a guitar player & got in a band in the first place. As a child, I grew up surrounded by classical music. My parents had met at the […]

“ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS” (A True Story)

In 1997, I began a three year stint as a pianist for Carnival Cruise lines, and tho it started off roughly, I had some very memorable and wonderful moments. The story I am about to tell here was not one of them (Tho it is rather humorous in retrospect) I was performing an instrumental set […]

“BRIAN MEETS MR CLEAN” (A True Story)

Most of us have heard of the cleaning agent “Mr Clean”—we use it to clean our floors and counters. On the cover of the bottle there’s a picture of a bald headed man with a grin. Most people think this person on these bottles is a fictional character——-but I am here to tell you that […]

“MY FIRST FALSE FLAG EVENT”(A True Story)

The year was 1980, and I was a Freshman in High school. One day,one of the kids in my class announced that he has having a big party at the Rec Center in the apartment complex where he lived,and “we were all invited”. So I decided to go. When I arrived,I immediately began to regret […]

“THEY LAY SOME MEEEEEAN PLUMMMMINNN” (A autobiographical story by Brian McCarthy)

Back in the year 1990, I was performing in a duo with a woman named Janet Foos. (She played Keyboards and sang, and I played Guitar and sang.) At one of our first gigs,we were playing in the Seattle/Tacoma area for a mostly white older crowd.(I don’t remember the venue, but I think it was […]