Jon Teger: Multi-instrumentalist, Singer-Songwriter, Film-maker, Editor, Writer, Proud-Father
---------------------- Catalog of 65 original songs -----------------------
__ Relationships, Social Change, Loss, Hope, Happiness, Reflection __
• Age 7: Banjo lessons
• Age 9: Clarinet lessons
• Age 10: Guitar lessons
• Age 12: Drum lessons – (Self- taught for the rest of my life)
• Age 16: Warehouse(Cover, original band)- Drums, Guitar, vocals
--- Played many high school dances
--- Organized and played at fund-raiser for paralyzed friend
--- Discovered Led Zeppelin
• Age 18: Oliver Sudden(Cover band, Original)– Drums, vocals
--- Asked to join band. Quit college after sophomore year.
--- Had 2 song original 45 record
--- Packed everyplace we played
--- Lived past my teenage years
Growing Up .... My Musical Purpose Unfolds:
• The Mirrors (Original band/Boston) – Drums, vocals, writing
--- Song “Stay Close” - most played local single on WBCN/Boston
--- Played live set on Matt Siegel’s “5 All Night” TV talk show
--- Performed live, ten-song set on New England radio station
--- Label interest / visits / talks, Electra - Asylum
--- Chosen to audition for Star Search appearance
--- Headlined / opened at hundreds of gigs in New England clubs
--- Managed by Pretty Polly Agency, Boston (Joe Perry, etc.)
--- Logged hundreds of hours at top studios
--- Recorded / distributed original Mirrors 45 record
--- Dated an ex-girlfriend of Steven Tyler’s
• Live Theater – Orchestra Pit, Drums
--- Josephs Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat
--- Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
• Holiday (Cover band) – Drums, Lead and backing vocals
--- Top money earner
--- Hired by Roberta Flack for private party
--- Recorded music video
• JR Blacker (Original band) – Drums, Congas, Backing Vocals
--- Recorded original CD
--- Headlined the Palace Theater, Manchester
--- Played in Greenwich Village, NYC
--- Management / label interest - Nashville, TN
• Snakebite (Original, cover band) – Drums, Keyboards, vocals
--- I was noted as New England’s only live drummer/keyboardist
--- Recorded six original songs
--- Received a personal message from Lzzy Hale from Halestorm
praising our cover of their song “I Get Off”
Starting in 2006
• Left six-figure job to pursue creative endeavors – full-time
• Began playing guitar as primary instrument
• Developed / advanced song writing chops - 65 Songs to date
• Started writing songs for keyboards
• Began recording / performing original songs
• Received my first copyright registrations / Library of Congress
Future Mission / Goals
****** By adhering to the following missions and goals, my plan is to help promote; Positive social awareness and change; The protection of individual privacy; Deeper empathy in others - an essential ingredient, if we are to understand and heal our fragile human condition. *******
• Continue honing my musical crafts – guitar, keyboards, vocals, etc.
• Devote more time to song writing
• Network larger musical / musician universe
• Craft band for studio recording / live shows
• Increase studio time / budget for original recordings
• Develop my on-stage performance / stage presence
• Advance my business strategy for live performances / show schedule
• Increase online presence – increase development on website
• Explore, develop and promote "Personal Home Concert" Series
• Embark on tour of overseas military bases and remote FOB's
• Work with national non-profit groups - create concert tour
• Eat better food
• Hire my kids as roadies and be able to pay them too much!
• Keep the musical dream alive!
******** The Story **********
Once upon a time, there was this guy. His name was Jon Teger, but everyone called him Jono - and it stuck, forever. Well, Jono grew up real quick and found out that, he better eat all he could of life before it could eat all of him - because life had a big head start and was f****** hungry!
Jono loved music and at 10 years old borrowed his dad's Martin guitar to take some lessons. His life was never the same, and his fingers hurt like hell. That's when he first learned about no pain, no gain.
Jono loved playing guitar, but something was still missing. He felt a beat in his soul that he couldn't resolve. That's when he discovered the drums. Oh, the drums and their magic vibrations. It was like plugging into the Sun. He was complete. First he had Dylan, Santana, Lennon, and Clapton - but now he also had Rich, Bonham, Starr, and Baker, and life was fine, and the music was everything.
Jono grew up some more, and lived his life backwards. He found his dream at 18, drumming professionally for a lifetime - but had to go back and start over. He left someone behind in the dust of his childhood - his guitar - and it was time for some new friends and to reconnect with the universe.
Meanwhile, life hadn't the good sense to stop and wait for Jono to do everything - but he did it anyway, even became the president of a company. Then he said "f*** it!" Yup, Jono just said "f*** it!" and started life over with just a guitar and a new dream, yet it was the same dream. Music! Live for the music. It's what kept him alive all these years - after all - but now he had something else to say.
And Jono knew in his gut that it was important for someone else to hear his message - his soul released. So he played his guitar, and he listened to the universe, and the songs filled his head, and he wrote down the words, and wrapped them in music, and the future in his head sang of hope and tragedy, and love and loss. Today, 65 songs later, Jono's fingers still hurt like hell. And it feels fine.