|Wild Bill Firehands Bio|
I’m Wild Bill Firehands. I am the front man of Wild Bill’s Party Army Band Show, a musical, poetic, and theatrical performance, that celebrates the union of performers and dedicated audience in an artistic way. The mottos “Bring a good time, or stay home” and “Win, lose, or draw, do as I will, is the whole of my law” exemplify the dichotomy of my self. It is this, my life philosophy, that continues to inspire the the show.
As an entertainer, I pull out all stops. Music is chosen for the exact show, costumes, skits and props created to suit the intention. I make a fool of myself as example and even light my hands on fire while playing in smoke and flashing lights. After the performance, the witnesses share with me their visions, their own reflections of the performance which they where part of. We all benefit from the experience!
I have a large body of work that includes three 45 projects in the 1980s, Tape and CD projects through the 1990s, and in the 2000s my video/internet projects.
I have self-published 3 books of poems, song lyrics, and art, in 2005, 2007 and 2012. I supported each release with my self-restrained bookstore and library shows, some of which included piano and guitar. My poetry is recited from memory. For years I was on the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Writers Room, became a poetry meeting facilitator, then I was voted to be their Poet Laureate.
And…All things being dichotomy, I’m also doing Celebrity Rock DJ in a strip club!
I’ve been a poet, artist, and self-taught musician since I was young. I started a poetry club in my early teens, began playing piano, got in my first band at 15, lost my virginity at 17, married at 18, and divorced in my 20’s. I started my first of several Wild Bill Bands when I was 26. I’ve had a hundred jobs, and worked construction for many years. Yet the creative arts and consciously being a part of the great circus of existence has always been my passion. Then, at 36 I crashed my Harley, died and was revived 4 times, but fell into a coma. When I got back to living I was changed. I now consciously live on my own path to enlightenment through the arts. So I design my poetry and songs and art to inspire: Introspection, strength, humility, respect for the deserving, fun and always persistence are the themes that weave through my work, perpetuating a learning curiosity in myself and the audience.
The Wild Bill adventure is currently rumbling on in 2016: I’m still doing my Fire shows, Poetry gigs and DJing. I survived getting hit by a car in March of 2014 that destroyed the hot rod Suburban truck I was staying in. The next day after the crash I took a room which was inhabited by Spirit Lights which reveal their faces when captured by my digital camera. Though I got another old Suburban I call Black Bomber, I stay with the spirits. The topper is, I’m psyched to deliver my latest version of The Wild Bill Party Army Band Show and still play for any real benefit that I can get behind.
Wild Bill Firehands