Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Despite having regular day jobs, Greig and Phil decided that it was time to do what brings them the most joy—music! With their friend Duke “The Duke” Carpenter they formed their band Dogs and Bones and are out to prove that they can still rock.
By day, Greig is the Executive Vice President in charge of Feature Post Production at Universal Studios even though he always wanted to be a musician:
I always enjoyed music. In fact I studied classical guitar in college. It was my major. However, after two years of college, I got a job at Universal Studios and rose up the ranks to Executive Vice President in charge of Feature Post Production. Yes, it’s a mouthful. I raised a family and I always made sure everyone was taken care of so I never had time to go for something that I felt I was intended to do.
That is, until now. Dogs and Bones is Greig’s first “official” band, even though he studied music in college. Not willing to abandon his dream, Greig thinks that getting a late start wasn’t necessarily a bad thing:
We are doing very well and started our band while we are in our 50′s. And at this age, there are more chances for creativity because of experiences. Now, middle-aged, Phil and I started a rock band! I know it sounds cliché but the way we are approaching it is NOT. We are approaching it as if we were in our teens, with the same amount of attitude and creative freeness. But what makes this age better is that we can afford to be creative and free without the ego and self doubt.
Phil Cohen agrees that he has gotten better as he’s gained experience and not just musical experience. Phil is also an entertainment lawyer and has been for 21 years. He admits that being an entertainment lawyer definitely comes in handy for the band but being a lawyer doesn’t provide him with the right outlets to express his creativity:
Dogs and Bones is a fantastic outlet for my playing as well as my songwriting. I think I’m playing better than ever, freely and confidently. And my songs are alternately smart, funny and stirring. Sometimes all in the same track!
Even though Phil has dabbled in other bands, the skills that life has taught him, like “paying attention to detail, working with a team while performing individually, and analyzing what works best in a given situation/song” has made him a better musician.
Dogs and Bones feels that it is never too late to do what you love and get creative. No matter what life throws at you. Wherever the inspiration comes from, the band agrees that if you want to be creative you just have to do it, no matter how old you are and if you need inspiration, just look around:
You have to find the time and the will to do it. Everyone’s under so much pressure these days, it’s difficult if you haven’t set aside the necessary, unpressured time to let yourself be and create. Take some time out, pick up that pen, that brush, that guitar, or that camera and just see what comes out. Don’t judge it. As Sir Paul said “Let it be” and guys, look at that beautiful woman on the street. Girls, check out that fine man at work. If that’s not inspiration, I don’t know what is.
Among their accomplishment, Dogs and Bones also has had a review in Music Connection magazine and has performed at the infamous House of Blues, the Viper Room, and Cranes in Hollywood. The band sees no end in sight for themselves, “after all, B.B. King’s still going, the Stones are still going, rock and roll and blues are sure as hell still going.” To find out where the band ends up visit them at www.DogsandBonesBand.com .