Michael Ofjord

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According to stories I hear from my parents, I showed a very strong interest in music early on. I have heard stories that when the kids at my day care sang, I was always in the front singing loudly, though…
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According to stories I hear from my parents, I showed a very strong interest in music early on. I have heard stories that when the kids at my day care sang, I was always in the front singing loudly, though I was generally considered to be a quiet child. My parents have said that I spent hours playing 45-rpm records, and could pick out any one ("Tammy," "Mack the Knife," etc.), even though I couldn't read. As I entered my teenage years, I was usually glued to WABC in New York and would wait for certain songs to come on at particular times. The radio was my constant companion. I started showing a big interest in college for reviewing and writing about music. I would read all the Rolling Stone reviews and sometimes buy records based on those reviews. I took a class in my thirties to practice music review writing. I explored the option of journalism school with music criticism in mind.

I went to Minnesota in 1972 to attend St. Olaf College and have lived in this state except for two years back in Delaware to get a degree in education. I have made my living in the social service field, presently as a counselor for people with developmental disabilities learning to live in their own apartments.

My first love remains music. It has been my teacher and counselor, and has enabled me to see beyond my own limited perspectives. Music helps me to see beauty, truth, and love in ways that words cannot adequately express. For that reason, I will always be drawn to it. ~ Michael Ofjord

Desert Island Discs

1. To Our Children's Children's Children -- Moody Blues

2. Introducing the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica -- Ronettes

3. 20 All-Time Greatest Hits -- James Brown

4. What's Goin' On -- Marvin Gaye

5. American Gothic -- David Ackles

6. Best of Doo Wop Uptempo -- Various Artists

7. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu -- Huey "Piano" Smith

8. If I Should Fall from Grace with God -- Pogues

9. Best of Country Classics: 60 All-Time Favorites -- Various Artists from the '50s and '60s.

10. Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 -- Various Artists

11. Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits -- Mrs. Elva Miller

12. A Walk Across the Rooftop -- Blue Nile

13. Billy Swan -- Billy Swan

14. In the Court of the Crimson King -- King Crimson

15. Propaganda -- Sparks

16. David Forman -- David Forman

17. Original Masters -- Steeleye Span

18. Greatest Hits -- Association

19. Rockin with Wanda -- Wanda Jackson

20. Halcyon Days -- Strawbs (American Version)