Before the start of this New Year, I asked myself, “What resolution could I make this year that would be different from those of years past and one that would have a lasting effect?” Typically most say they would exercise more, take on a long overdue task of some kind, or take advantage of those things they had been postponing for too long, such as boating, golf, reading a good book, etc. While I am just as guilty that many of my resolutions over the years initially became great ideas, they became just another great idea in a few short months. This year I wanted something more meaningful than just personal improvement. If you recall the exercise scene in the movie Arthur 2 with Dudley Moore, entitled “On the Rocks, No Pain, No Gain,” Arthur’s grandmother tells him how her doctor recommended she get a little exercise. So she hires a personal trainer. At that time, I thought, “If she can do it, so can I” Well, this hunk of a guy comes to her home, where she proceeds to sit on the couch with tea cup in hand and turns on the workout music only to watch him go through a series of exercises. I’m sure many would think, “Well, that’s one way of scratching off an item from my New Year’s resolution list,” but when I look at my years of unfulfilled resolutions, I think, “why wait any longer?” The book I started writing some years ago remains unfinished, and getting more involved in serving my community seems to have taken on more of a sense of urgency this time.
Some attribute their lack of commitment to fear of failure, doubt, or simply letting life get in the way. Unfortunately, many of the most excellent intentions and inventions remain unfulfilled. Evangelist Joel Osteen once said, “Cemeteries are full of great ideas and inventions that never came to fruition,” which is a sobering reminder, especially as we get older. We are surrounded by those in our community who have amazing success stories and tireless efforts that have inspired others to get involved in making our community one that has gained national recognition. So why are we waiting?
I share a story of blues and rock guitar virtuoso Mike Imbasciani, who has not only entertained multiple generations of local followers for years but is now looking to inspire his generation. Using a combination of music and podcasts Mike challenges the younger generation to get more involved in local politics and become more self-reliant. He believes this leads to “self-sustainability.” We first saw Mike perform when he was so young a hat was passed around to pay him. I was amazed to learn he began playing guitar at five years of age and by 11 was playing professionally. He started his first band at 14 and has compiled a resume of venues he’s played, including The House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee.
While there are many talented bands and musicians in the entertainment industry, Mike is wise beyond his age at 26. His music has entertained generations, but now he’s reaching out to a younger generation, challenging them to better understand economic and political decision-making bodies within their community and become more astute to the changes in the world today.
Growing up in a conservative household, Mike became more interested in politics in 2008. He said he liked listening to Rush Limbaugh and loved how he got his audience to laugh. While he was a conservative talk show host, Mike often heard Rush tell those who called him to do the research themselves and not just listen to one political party’s opinion. Several years ago, I was curious to hear about this radio personality people were talking about and tuned into his program to hear for myself. On that day, two 20-year-old young ladies expressed how they considered themselves more liberal and asked Rush if they should listen more to what he had to say. His reply astounded me: “You need to question everything you read and hear and then make your own decision based on what you’ve researched and not on what someone tells you.” Mike added, “Glenn Beck said the same years ago, “Do your own homework.”
Through his political and current events based internet podcast, which he calls “The Freedom Chronicles,” Mike wants to get his generation more involved in their community and to ask the questions most take at face value. He said too many people his age don’t want to listen to the news, as it is too biased. They become influenced by the latest opinions and trends found on social media. I heard this same viewpoint from former Younglife area director Tom Parker who said people use social media as their source of information and communication. I remember my interview with Tom, who said,” Today’s generation is more guarded and only shares what they want you to hear.” I learned from him pure communication is often missing, and no longer are they taught to question what is being presented to them, whether it is in school, on social media, or just the opinion of a friend.
Mike is looking at this next generation, which could run for office in a few years. He feels they need to stop relying on government handouts and start questioning the decision makers, parties, and what the media is promoting that are collectively influencing our thought processes. Mike recounted his experience and the negative feedback he received when incorporating the Beatle’s 1968 song, “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” into his repertoire. People asked why he would play a song that held life in the U.S.S.R. in such high regard. They never thought to research Paul McCartney’s thought process in writing the song, which was considered a musical satire that poked fun at just about everyone during that time. Mike explains this is what is going on today. “People don’t question, they take everything at face value, and there is no middle ground. People don’t talk to each other; they talk at each other,” a viewpoint I’ve had for years. He feels both sides of the aisle and the media share most of the blame. However, he feels it goes deeper, and people in general, and his generation in particular, need to get to the root cause of the things that impact society today. Many take the approach that until they feel it affects them personally, there is no need to take action, almost like the frog in boiling water. Mike wants to get people to draw their line in the sand and not play the role of the victim but take action before it is too late. He quoted Psychologist Jordan Peterson, who explained in a GQ interview the thought behind self-defense. He said, “You need to have the capacity for danger. You need to be dangerous. But you need to learn how not to use it except when necessary.” The premise behind his comment was to understand things are not always as they appear, and with knowledge of the underlying cause comes the ability to anticipate and protect one’s self. Mike feels most people are quick to point out the injustices they experience but aren’t willing to take the necessary steps to affect change. His goal is to get his generation, in particular, to start looking at the deeper motives of those that are driving the various issues such as abortion, Covid, the economy, cryptocurrency, the stock market, worldwide financial markets and trends, ongoing wars, and even CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency; making your money programmable by the government), to name a few. In short, he wants his generation to understand who and what controls these issues that impact us all and how they benefit from them. He feels things are moving very quickly, yet there is a complacency where young people today think if they don’t see how it is affecting them, there is no sense of urgency to question it. He wants his generation to become more aware and self-reliant, which he feels will lead to being more self-sufficient and less dependent on government handouts, which only creates more dependency.
When questioned why he relates to older generations, Mike said he learns more from their life experiences, and having a grandfather who served in World War II has added to his interest in history. His podcasts are full of interesting guests who share their viewpoints, life experiences, and even some with rags-to-riches stories. A few such guests are comedian Bobby “Sauce” Saucilito, who entertains his audience using political humor to get people thinking. At the same time, Tyrone Jackson of “The Good Frank” fame talks about how they went from having a hot dog cart to creating their highly successful brand of hot dogs that arose when they researched the harmful ingredients that went into the hot dogs they sold from their cart.
Mike feels entertainment should be an outlet for us to enjoy and not be used as a political outlet, as we see in sports and entertainment today. “Music and other forms of entertainment can be interpreted in their own way, which keeps it on the individual level once again.” His “Simply Clapton” show pays tribute to this highly regarded artist and reaches across multiple generations. “Music, like comedy, is powerful where people can leave politics behind and forget about their problems.” Mike’s “Imbasciani Chronicles” on Apple Podcast, Youtube, and Spotify is another platform that is music and entertainment based, promotes more of a one-on-one conversation. His podcasts (The Freedom Chronicles and The Imbasciani Chronicles) aim to provide opportunities to get his audience to think about the issues of the day and to have a dialogue.
We tend to categorize people by the career they have chosen. We see them as doctors, lawyers, football players, and musicians, to name a few. Then we get to know them and find their backgrounds and interests astound us. Mike was that surprise and made me realize we each have a story to tell that could benefit the next generation. That in itself made me re-evaluate my New Year’s resolution.
Music is a language we all enjoy, and Mike and his “BluezRockerz” will continue to reach across generations, and with his “Simply Clapton” tribute show, hopes to reach a younger age who someday could become our next great leaders.
For a great night of entertainment, go to his website www.mikeimbasciani.com for all his upcoming shows. His political and current event’s based internet podcast, “The Freedom Chronicles,” can be viewed on Rumble (www.rumble.com), CTA (Conservative television of America www.CTVA.TV ) as well as YouTube, Spotify and Bitchute. Mike’s music and entertainment based one-on-one music-based podcast, “The Imbasciani Chronicles,” can be seen on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcast.