The Musical Nose
Well, that's me!
Hello, I am Mike Fallon, the one and the only one responsible for this website, The Musical Nose (and also my blog, The Musical Nose Blog).
I am the creator, webmaster, head writer, sole programmer, content supervisor, creative director, and all around try get it done person
for this website. I even sweep up and take out the trash at the end of the day. I am not an expert website designer and programmer by any stretch, and it probably shows in this website in what some people might think is an amateurish effort at best. My only answer to that is...
C'est la vie.
However, this website is only a part time effort. My full time job is working at Apple, Inc. where I have been working for 38 years. Apple was practically a startup when I started in May 1979. Since I work at Apple, I naturally use a MacBook Pro to develop this website.
So who am I as a person. I would say that I am a pretty average fellow --- with no great intellect or unique talents to speak of. I'm actually kind of shy and introverted, although I do love people and animals.
I'm a 68-year-old (born on April 9, 1949) divorced guy living in Stockton, CA. I was married to my ex-wife, Barbara for 31 years but that unfortunately came to an end in 2015 --- but what can I say but
C'est la vie. Also, I am the father of three wonderful grownup children, all in their twenties.
I graduated from Carmel High School in 1967. I then spent four years in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972 where I had a job as a weather observer. I developed a love and fascination with clouds from the experience of watching the sky for years. Clouds, in a sense, have their own personalities and like music they can display every kind of emotion.
After leaving the Air Force, I made pizzas for a living and attended college off and on until 1978. Although I had accumulated tons of college units, I never did graduate with any degree. I actually ended up as a music major dropout during my junior year at San Jose State before I started working at Apple.
I enjoy many kinds of music. I listen to a lot of jazz and pop music but my real passion is for classical music. Years of studying classical music in college only heightened my passion.
I believe that children starting from a very young age should be exposed to all types of music (except songs with hate-filled lyrics). It's important that classical music also be included so that they can develop a love and appreciation for it like I have. I was lucky to have my parents and teachers that did that. My step dad loved to play the beautiful Impressionist music of Debussy (Clair de Lune and Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)) and Ravel (Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess)). I remember being entranced by that "dreamy" music.
My kindergarten teacher played classical music every day in class. I especially remember the music of Tchaikovsky (Nutcracker Suite) and many works by Bach and Mozart. That and other great music has stayed with me for the rest of my life.
I love listening to and watching someone play classical guitar. When I was a teenager I remember a friend in our neighborhood who played beautiful classical guitar. I've been hooked on it ever since.
I probably bought every guitar recording by Andrés Segovia, Julian Bream, John Williams, and Christopher Parkening.
I took up guitar myself when I was in my twenties. I took guitar lessons for awhile but I'm still not very good at playing it.
Although he is not a
classical guitarist read my
I regret to this day that I never did earn a college degree, especially one in music. My 24-year-old son, Kevin, did receive a music degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and now he is a music teacher in Patterson, CA. He is extremely more gifted and talented in performing (on flute and piano) than I ever was (on piano). I am so very proud of him.
My newest endeavor is starting a blog, naturally called The Musical Nose Blog. Not that I have a lot of time to do that. But I do love doing it and getting my creative juices flowing for writing each new post. However, I've slacked off in putting out new posts for way too long now. If I had the energy and time I would love to put out a new blog post every week.
Click The Musical Nose Blog Posts to see the current (small) listing.
There are people out there, alive and dead, that I greatly admire and who have had a huge influence on me. The four real biggies for me would be Jesus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr.
You can read my
As for people now alive that I admire, there is Ralph Marston who has been putting out daily (except Sunday) motivational messages under the heading
The Daily Motivator on his website, greatday.com since 1995 without missing a beat (with over 4,500 daily messages!). What a trooper he is! He has also branched out to produce books and inspiring videos. His
Thought for the day... is included on this website's Home page.
I also greatly admire songwriter Jimmy Webb. I am a huge fan of his music and especially his wonderful songs such as
MacArthur Park and
Wichita Lineman. You can read my
Jimmy Webb is the epitome of who I wanted to be like (to be a songwriter). Writing great music would be a glorious profession. To be driving down the highway and to have a song you've written come on the radio..... That was a dream of mine when I was young. That's why I became a music major.
But I discovered that, like Salieri in the movie Amadeus when he is consigned to be the
patron saint of mediocrity, I was quite mediocre and inadequate myself to the task of trying to write music. C'est la vie.
It's a coincidence that we have the same last name, but I love talk show host Jimmy Fallon. I watch his shows all the time (via the Internet). I am amazed at how talented and funny and musical he is! He does absolutely spot-on impressions. He has been the perfect person to take over
The Tonight Show from Jay Leno.
So as not to leave out the fairer sex, I have a great affinity towards Meryl Streep. I love her movies. I think she is the greatest actress ever. Her "Margaret Thatcher" in The Iron Lady is astounding! We happen to be born in the same year (1949), so I feel honored to have that connection with her.
So what got me interested in doing a music website? In 2010, I decided to try my hand in building my own website. But I really wasn't sure what the website topic was going to be. Doing a music website was actually low on my list of topics until one day surfing the Internet..... I ran across a website called 101 Personal Website Ideas.
As I read down the 101 ideas, idea #14 caught my attention:
14. Music (Music lovers will adore you for building a resource site for music lyrics, musical instruments and where to get them, music reading tips, etc...) In other words, make a website that is a great music resource that people will go to for the music information they need.
The Musical Nose still has a lot of growing and sophisticating to do before it even comes close to becoming a great music resource website. In the vast ocean of websites, The Musical Nose is only one small drop. But it's one small drop that wants to contribute and make a positive difference in the world of music.
Even though I am this small drop competing for an audience in this vast ocean of websites, I have to think like
The Little Engine That Could I have to keep saying to myself
I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.
For this website to be a success, I also need to do like the Energizer Bunny and keep going and going and going and going and going and going....
And now for the question that is on everyone's mind -----
Why is this website called The Musical Nose? ...
Who knows? But for some insightful and thoughtful analysis to that question you can read my short article ---
If you have any comments, suggestions (even constructive criticism), or questions concerning this website or my new blog I would love to hear from you.
Also, I am asking that your comments be directly related to my website content or blog post and not be a commercial for whatever you are trying to sell or a link to your opportunity or product.
I do not post comments on this website but I do post approved comments on my blog for each blog post. Each of the blog posts has a Comment box for your comments near the end of each post.You can contact me directly by email by two ways:
I also have Facebook and Twitter accounts. But, in all honesty, I rarely use them --- although I realize I should be using social media to promote my website and blog.
Thank you for visiting my website or blog and reading my little bio.
Note: In the header picture above is Mount Diablo.
This is THE mountain visible from Brentwood, CA (where I lived when I was married).
Updated August 26, 2017