John Dillon has led an interesting life. From being an outsider in elementary school to being the lead guitar player in his high school rock band. From being kicked out of prep school to being celebrated by his peers for bringing the counterculture to their small Pennsylvania town. From soaking in the Woodstock mud to hitchhiking and riding freight trains across the USA, eventually settling in a New Mexico new age spiritual community. From the depths of despair and addiction to a life of spiritual connection and partnership with the love of his life.
John’s professional life has taken many twists and turns as well. From being a construction laborer and electrician to becoming a marketing executive in his family’s 4th generation wholesale floral business. From playing music in bars to building custom guitars for the stars. From co-creating the syndicated public radio program Art of the Song to sharing his learnings in a book, The 20-20 Creativity Solution. From being music director and accompanist for Si Kahn’s musical Mother Jones in Heaven to writing songs for political change in the era of Trump.
For over 50 years, music has been the one constant in John Dillon’s life. Now he combines a selection of original songs with a few covers and connecting anecdotes to tell his life story in Life’s for Learning: My Musical Memoir.