GLACER MAGAZINE
Brief info

Walter Blamer is a alternative music songwriter from Rothbury, MI in the United States. He started writing lyrics for songs at a very young age and this was back in the 60's as a pre-teen during the British invasion influenced by America's own blues of the time. As a young boy he was inspired by all the greats from BB king, Lou Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checkers, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Junior to the Afro American music plus Frank Sinatra, Dean, Martina, the Rat Pack in a beautiful era of neither shortage nor racism.
Growing up, one of his greatest fantasies was to be on stage doing all the genres of music that he admired and at a very young age his parents would ignite this vision with a very pleasant surprise. Guess what! they bought him a guitar and a small tape recorder.
From that day on he could really fantasize about being a rock en roll hero. He will play and record in his bedroom all day long dancing with his sisters. Walter wasn't the best when it came to playing the instruments but would stand out from everyone else as exceptional wit respect to his writing abilities. He made his debut at a very early age in school writing poems and proved to be an excellent writer. Childhood was a memorable moment for him though he suffered from anxiety and abuse but will often confide in his parents.
The first experience was being able to write about how he felt through poetry and listening to music would equally help him escape the horror he was forced to go through as a child. At the time he enjoyed a wide range of genres like blues and rock en roll from various artists including Bob Dylan , James Taylor and Cat Stevens. Listening to various music styles made a huge impact on his writing and he got so involved with his passion that he'd sometimes rush down to the local drug store to read their magazines. Also, being too young to have a job created more allowance for him to do what he loved despite the regular home chores.
His passion was so strong that it became an addiction and not having money won't stop him from bringing the hit parade mags and other great song books home. The magazine rack was usually right by the back door and he'd slip a mag under his shirt and sneak out the door. Not that he encourages young people to follow in this footsteps but these were some desperate times his life and he wasn't left with much of a choice but to take these drastic measures .
Once he finished writing a new piece, he would be so eager to get his songs out there to someone to be sung ; so he'd send them out to the ads that he saw in the back of song mags ( SONGS AND POEMS WANTED ) to be recorded by major labels. In short time he often got many replies from labels saying they loved his songs and wanted him to sign a contract for their release . Well of course, being a minor at the time, he couldn't sign on his own and would often seek help from his parents to do so .
Now they were certain that their son was a skilled writer but often skeptical as it could be a scam since the labels required a fee to grant the contracts. That was a red light from his dad as it was unacceptable to request a fee from a songwriter to use his work.
He feels his father was probably right though at the time he was mad at his father for not supporting him with his music. Like every kid of his age, he didn't understand that his father was just trying to protect him from being ripped off and hurt.
Well it wasn't long after graduation that he decided to hit the road hitchhiking for the first time in 1976. At home and unemployed and he felt this was a great way to alleviate his stress. He was only 19 and spent the next few years hiking around the country until he met with his best friend Craig during his ride.
As an escape solution to his challenges he took to a long hitchhiking adventure in 1978 and after 7 days on the road he managed to get to Washington State before realizing he still couldn't find happiness as he was neither himself nor where he wanted to be. This was really crazy moment in his life as he was on a road to nowhere land in confusion (this is title of one of the songs he submitted as a boy). After a lonely night in a hotel room, he experienced a very religious moment and concluded it was time to go back home .
The next day he met another young hitchhiker on the cascade mountains and they returned together . The new friend had a guitar on his back and they both shared dreams about their wishes to attaining stardom.
He had found some happiness with a wonderful companion and they made music together as they bonded in a very special way on their journey back home. Unfortunately, his friend left only a couple days upon arrival and this led him to write a short novel titled (Hitchhiking With An Angel) which was published by First Books, now Author House Publishing; detailing this final journey . They were so close because the companion guided him home from the west coast and he felt this was his guardian angel .
At age 21, he was still unhappy and hurt as he didn't feel fulfilled yet, however, the only solution was to return home to live with his parents again. He feels they weren't happy with him but he had no other alternative. Heartbroken and depressed, he had to seek help from mental health experts and also picked up writing more to help in his healing process.
He continued to write many poems and songs all during his adult years and never gave up on this dreams of being a writer until age 65 during the Covid-19 period when something wonderful happened to him.
After joining the Songwriters Group on Facebook, he met up with another musician by the name of Christian Bouillon from Canada. Well the rest is history cause he found happiness again, working together with his awesome new friend and both are on their way to make their dreams a reality. Their story is a lovely one and would definitely be a great inspiration to other struggling artist to never give up on their dreams.

Interview With Walter Blamer

 

Have you always been interested in music? What is your story and how did you start making music?

Yes I’ve always dreamed about being a songwriter, and I how it began is in my bio, and how it will end is finally making them dreams a reality; and it’s proving to
be that way. I hope you all decide to follow Christian Bouillon and me Walter
Blamer on this amazing, magical journey

What are you working on now? Any future releases we can look forward to?

Oh yea we are working on so much more at this time; in fact we just released a new music video on YouTube titled (Think About) which is like many of our songs about the way of this world and how it’s rapidly deteriorating, from war, climate change, and so much man made destruction that hinders our existence today . So
yes, many more songs, and videos for sure; cause so many messages of healing to share, and we are now contemplating on forming a solid, real band to bounce off.
Also hoping to attract some attention from some publishers, and record labels that might be interested in taking us under their wings; cause in these new and different times of music we could use all the help we can get.

What Is Your Ultimate Goal in The Music Industry?

Our goal is
to be signed with a record label in order to more easily be able to share are talents,
and songs with the world.

What Has Been the Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?

The biggest
challenge I’d say is to navigate around the music business, and the technology of today, because us being both old school this is proved to be some challenge indeed.

How do you go about writing a song? Do you have a melody in your head and then write
the other music for it or what’s Your typical songwriting process?

My process is simple; well at least to me. I just kind of feel a song come to me out of the blue, it comes from my head, my heart, then lands on the paper. I will
never hardly rewrite; because I feel it should be as raw as the emotions that
are flowing from me.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

The internet has only really impacted me since I met up with my co-writer, and now
since then it’s open up so many doors. I’ve discovered that there is so much more styles of music I never new were out there. Also due to the fact I’ve got music out there, I’ve had to take a crash course with me alone on my computer skills.
Oh most important if it wasn’t for this crazy thing we call internet I’d never
been able to meet my co-write, and now partner in music Christian Bouillon ; so
yea I’m glad we have it but it isn’t easy for old rockers like us .

List some famous musicians currently on your playlist?

Playlist ,
well like I stated all this computer stuff is new so just building what you
call a playlist .

What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?

Well for the most part I’ve been in the food service business , mainly as a chef for the last 46 years . In fact was cooking up until 2021,not bad for 65 you think .

Would you have any advice for young people wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Never
give up on your dreams , and be ready to work hard for it; cause you know it
don’t come easy .

If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?

Sometimes I
wish we could all go back to the good old days before all this tech and
streaming, when it seemed like it was easier , and there weren’t fake
promoters and others in the music business trying to lead you astray. I
guess even in the old days one didn’t know who to trust but with all this
technology today it just opens the door to so many more sharks preying on
inspiring artist today.

How do you feel about originality?

Originality
is very important ; especially with all the music out there today. One must
have their own style and voice. More importantly, I believe is a message
that is fun to sing along with .

Is there anything else we should know about you? or Something that you would like to
add?

Not really
I believed you have given my ample opportunity to bore you enough ha ha ; but I
would like to share that Christian Bouillon and I Walter Blamer would be very
honored , and grateful if as many fans out there that are reading this would
decide to join us on our amazing , magical , music journey ; and once again
thank you for this interview , and time to share with you mine , and now
Christian Bouillon’s journey

Links to Where Your Music Can be Purchased

https://chris-and-walter.bandcamp.com/follow_me