Bob Milano dives in for charity CDWritten by Paige Shermis | | email@example.com
Bob Milano is a man of many hats. He owns ORT Tool and Die, Corp. and M&F Machine & Tool in Michigan, making custom machine parts. Milano is also an alternative rocker who contributed the song “Lost Lagoon” to the Red Cross benefit CD “Red, White & You.”
“I’ve been described as very eclectic, as being a lot of genres of music. I would say that I creep on the edge of rock ’n’ roll down to softer music like ‘Lost Lagoon’ and everything in between there,” he said.
Milano has recorded two CDs in the past three years.
“I write the songs and I play all of the keyboards inside of all my songs, piano or organic synthesizers. When I am in the studio to actually record the songs, I’ll bring in a studio drummer or a guitar player,” he said.
Although he previously released music under the single name “Milano,” he is is currently trying to consolidate all of his work under the name “Bob Milano.”
“Lost Lagoon” was recorded at Brett Dennison’s Firefly Studios, and was inspired by a mysterious pond from Milano’s youth.
“I was sitting in my small studio in my home and I was thinking of something that reminded me of summer. When I was a little boy, 9 to 10 years old, there was a development called Enchanted Forest in Temperance, Mich. In the neighborhood, you have little kids and big kids, who we all looked up to and were kind of scared of. We saw the big kids come home each day around dinnertime … and there were towels around their necks, and they were sunburnt. They were at the lost lagoon,” he said
After the older kids repeatedly withheld the location of the lost lagoon from Milano and other little kids, they decided to take action.
“One day, the little kids — I was the leader — went to follow the big kids by hiding behind trees. They fell right into our trap. They were sneaking off early morning to the lost lagoon like they did every day. They headed west … and they saw us, and went tearing across the main road into the farmer’s field,” Milano said.
Unfortunately, Milano said, the farmer (“Farmer Shaw” from the song) saw the younger children and chased them into the woods beyond his property.
“We were really running fast through the woods and he chased us right into the lost lagoon. It was one of the happiest days of our lives,” he said.
Milano said he counts The Beatles and The Beach Boys as main musical inspirations for “Lost Lagoon.”
“They were both really great bands that played a lot of good summer songs,” he said.
Although Milano is involved in machinery, music is what lifts his spirits.
“This is what I do to stay sane. I play music every day,” he said.