When the thunder rolls and the rain falls, KSLA Chief Meteorologist Stormtracker Stephen Parr is there to forecast the weather. But this isn't his only gig that involves a microphone.
"I started out playing the marimba and vibraphone in junior high school. I've been playing piano since I was in kindergarten. I started playing drums in the third grade."
Parr builds his music from scratch. For example, he might start composing on the keyboard before adding other instruments.
"I'll eventually add drums and then the vocals once I figure out what the song is about. Right now, it's called 'My Song 19'."
Parr has been in the music composing business for 35 years. He says it's not just his music or lyrics that drives him to compose. It's his life.
"If you've had a Golden Retriever, amorous but awkward kind of describes the dog. It just kind of ends up being the last song on the album. Tied up the whole album and really brought the whole thing together."
But don't call Stormtracker Steve a rock star.
"I'm not a rock star. I'm not Bon Jovi. I'm not that guy. I write because it's fun. I'm here tracking storms for other people. This is what I do for other people, and this is how I serve. The music? The music is for me."
Stormtracker Steve also forecasts his weather in his music studio before heading to work at KSLA. If you want to hear his songs, you can find them on iTunes.
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