Meet Your NYSMusic Staff: Writer Jimmy Chambers
Since an early age, Jimmy Chambers always wanted to be a writer. Of what, he wasn’t sure, but he knew that is what he wanted to. This became his passion and he used it as a form of comfort. He realized a few years later that music was also a form of comfort. He related to sadder songs and was drawn to them. He had found his true passion: to write about music and intertwine it with feeling and share it with others, so that others could relate to him and therefore relate more to themselves.
While attending Suffern High School, music took over his life and the writing fell to the way side. It was always there, notes were written, a journal here and there, but mostly he was just obsessed with Rock n’ Roll. It was the time of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Oasis and Phish.
His first Phish show was quite an experience, not just because of the music, but because of the way society formed around the music, the community. It was special. It was a story that had to be told. The next two years he did not do much writing. He went to see Phish wherever and whenever he could, and one day he ran into the Disco Biscuits. As a result of music becoming a powerful force in Jimmy’s life, he went back to his love of writing, took writing classes at Hudson Valley Community College, and later brought his talents to Plattsburgh State. Every writing class he took, every article he wrote, was about music. This was two and a half years of striving to be a Rock n’ Roll writer; he had friends who asked “How do you get through college, writing about Phish?” Very coolly, he replied, “I just did.”
He graduated in 2003 and was a teaching assistant for 8 years, after which Jimmy went into building and ground work at The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Browsing Facebook, he saw an opportunity to write for and jumped on it. His friends were happy he was finally doing something that he could be proud of. Jimmy is now 38 and realizing more it is each day that it is never too late to follow your dreams.
Although Jimmy has seen many, many concerts, certain bands always seem to slip through his fingers. Frightened Rabbit, The Shins, The Cure, Band of Horses, The XX, Chrvches, and Spiritualized are just a few of many. These are not dreams, Jimmy will see all these bands!!