when johnny met rosy……
Now, if you can’t tell by now, this blog is co-written by a husband and wife- John and Rosy Rogers. We each have different perspectives; but we both love guitar. We each reached dedication differently.
Now, it’s John speaking again. In the last post, we heard about Rosy’s teacher, Mrs. Mason. In the post before that, we learned how I started playing guitar in Tampa. Now, I’m going to talk a little more about my experience playing in bands throughout high school and college.
My story is an interesting one. Most musicians start out having to work in restaurants to make a living…and then, little by little, they begin to play more gigs and wait less tables — or, that’s the goal, at least. I was an interesting case, where because I already had so many connections, I was able to start gigging while I was still in high school, because I had so many friends already in the scene. So if they needed a guitar player, I was always the first guy they’d call.
I played all over Tampa, specifically Red Star Rock Bar and Skipper’s Smokehouse. Red Star Rock Bar loved having me so much, they started to call and request me specifically. Eventually, I started performing solo shows there; and they’d pay me a nice amount.
I attended University of South Florida and studied music business, all while continuing to gig. At this point, I began writing my own music and playing guitar in church.
Here is when my life really changed!
One morning in church, while I was playing guitar during the worship service, a gorgeous black woman walked into the sanctuary. As soon as I laid eyes on her, I could no longer concentrate on playing the right notes. I kept getting distracted and looking up at her…
Yep, you guessed it — that was Rosy!
We met that morning, and got married 4 months later…the rest is history!