The Interview: Doug Kees

Photo credit: Doug Kees Facebook Page

This month, The Paper publishes its Q&A with local musician Doug Kees.

Briefly describe yourself and what you do/did.
I am a musician and educator. I have a Livestream concert on November 18, details at

I have two instrumental guitar albums at and as well as owning Musicology where we provide music lessons in guitar, piano, drums, violin, voice, banjo, ukelele, bass and more.

Best piece of advice you’ve received.
Aim for the middle.

If I had it to do over …
I would have started singing sooner.

You are going on an extended solo trip. What three albums and three books would you take?
Blood on the Tracks, Physical Graffiti, Revolver;
Jimmy Page The Anthology, Map of Knowledge,  Music: A Subversive History.

Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know.
I lived in Turkey right after I was born.

You are hosting a dinner party for six. What five people, living or dead, would you invite and why?
Aldous Huxley because he has a range of experiences to talk about.  Paul McCartney because he’s Paul McCartney!! Jimmy Carter for his historical perspective and he seems like a super nice guy.  Jerry Lee Lewis because he’d shake it up! My wife Niki because I like being around her….;-)

Name an as yet unfulfilled dream.
Hang in Europe for several weeks.

If you weren’t doing what you are, you would be …
A history teacher.

Your go-to food.

Favorite movies(s).
Hannah and Her Sisters.

Dogs or cats?
I grew up with dogs but cats seem to like me…

Your favorite quote and why.
“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” Thoreau

Name something that you are extremely glad you did or accomplished.
Messaged Niki the night I saw her at The Cellar during the snowstorm.

What advice would you give your younger self just starting out on their own.
Believe in yourself, trust your gut, follow your instincts.

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