Turning Points: Blue Period

The singer-songwriter tells how his 21-year-old self helps him face life

I have a theory that every seven years we live a completely different life. For instance, when I was 14, I joined a band--the Echoes. The band performed its first gig, and I realized at that point that playing rock 'n' roll was what I wanted to do. It was at the Holy Family Church in Hicksville, N.Y. Five guys were in the band. We all had the same outfits--a royal blue jacket with a black velvet collar and black pants. And we played a mix of Beatles songs and surf instrumentals. There were probably 150 to 200 people in the...

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