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 I Made Love to an Alien Last Night

InterviewsFrogDaddy Talks With George McClure

FrogDaddy considered himself a lucky dude on the night of March 10, 2005 when he got an e-mail from someone calling themselves George McClure. I thought to myself ... yeah sure ... right, like George is going to write to "me" about our website.

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Those of you that know FrogDaddy are aware that I have pretty good knowledge of country music. After-all, my brothers have had a country band of one kind or another for the last 35 years. They've played all the big houses including the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tenn. So, I'm no stranger to Country Music.

To make make a long story short, after flipping several emails back and forth, I find that George and I have several common interests and that he'd love to do an interview for AlienLove.com!

After studying Georges websites and several more emails I realized there was a whole lot more to George McClure than his famous song "I Made Love to an Alien Last Night" (Alien Love) .... I mean a whole lot more. There aren't enough bytes on AlienLoves servers to tell you all about George McClure, his music, his life, his interests and his political views. But at the end of the interview I have listed his websites and business interests, and highly recommend that you investigate him. He is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting, peaceful, and loving people I've ever met.

Tell me George, what do you call yourself? ... a musician, songwriter, performer ... all of the above?

"George", usually;
also "beautiful" and "handsome."[smile]. I'm a writer, and producer, showman, singer and musician as well. In terms of income, i'm a producer and entrepreneur, but all successful music people are entrepreneurial.

I toured and played for a living two periods in my life; five years in from 1979 to 1983, and eight years in Nashville through about 2001.

I transposed Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in Am for acoustic ensembles, I've written two books and a musical, and I've written hundreds and hundreds of songs.

Well what made you want to be all those things :-)

I was exposed to a great depth and array of classical music as a child. I was taken out of school to attend symphonies and concerts on a regular basis.

In my first year of college, a friend forced me to go to an Earl Scruggs Review concert with him and a group of friends. It revolutionized my life. I never saw anything like it before or since. All I could think of was "banjos" after that, and about a year later I bought my first one and started learning with the Pete Seeger book.

Two and a half years later I was playing for a living. The coupling of my extensive ear training in childhood with diving very very deeply into a few genres of music as a musician and writer and performer, has given me depth and vision as a producer. It's a natural progression with my talent set, I think.

Would you summarize your music for me? What's it all about?

It's about me and it's about life.

Frog, I've played and sung and written many forms of music. I write Latin jazz (Romantico) now, in Spanish. I played and wrote bluegrass and country from the very beginning, and experimented with jazz and neo-classical too. I've written and recorded blues, and funny songs, and childrens ditties.

I got very deeply involved with cowjazz (Western swing) touring, and still play it. The TexMex led into Romantico. I aculturated with the native sounds of Sonora, Ranchero, ranch & country, bluegrass, Western swing jazz, Apache and Tohono O'odom, Mariachi, and so on. I would say my music is rooted in the depths of mankind.

I've studied songs historically, for example ancient Apache songs and dances rooted back 5,000 years, and I've traced songs back across the ocean to the British Isles to sources dating back three and four hundred years (and more), in some cases. I'm convinced tunes like "Temperance Reel" are a thousand or more years old.

Nashville players have said about me "He has a way of making every song his own" [Billy Rose] and "You're a true original" [Britt Savage]. I'm a stylist, playing all the songs my way.

Hey George, tell us here at AlienLove, what's "I Made Love to an Alien Last Night" (Alien Love) really about? [big smile]

That's a funny question ... It's about different things to different people, I suppose. Kids love it. I was watching a 60-minute pseudo-documentary on aliens and the Roswell Incident, around 1995. They said in the program that one of four Americans claims to have been abducted or molested by space aliens. I wrote the song "I Made Love To An Alien Last Night" right then. I actually wrote it on banjo.

That's amazing that you can do that George. But I guess thats how some things come to artists ... just all of sudden, wham! it's there.
Did you ever do anything except music?

Oh, I spent eight years in computers and math, culminating in artificial intelligence research for the Space Station Program at Johnson Space Center, Houston. I left there August 1991 to return to my first career, music.

OK George, people always want to know, what's your favorite song or songwriter?

Very complex question. [smile]
In country, Merle Haggard and the Carter Family (the latter collectors, of course.)
In pop, Rogers & Hammerstein.
R&B, Ray Charles. Ray Charles' "Hit The Road Jack" was and is a driving force in my life like no other, perhaps equalled by the Supremes.
Roger Miller's "King Of The Road" effected me similarly. (I heard these few snatches of popular song on the radio as a young boy.)

"Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" (Selena), "Amazing Grace" (John Newton), "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Ian McCall), "Pieces Of You" (Jewel), "I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton)

Lot's of influences hey George, :-) ... here's a question from our membership. We are all avid readers here at AlienLove.com. What kind of books do you read?

I have very little time for pleasure reading now, but when i do, it is usually history of Arizona/Sonora and native american things. In work, I read about the music business, and have a small reference library.

I read voluminously as a boy, up to five and seven books a week, and I have a $200,000.00 library. I've read many of my books two and three times over.

Who/What do you think has been the most important person or event in your life?

Man ... You go for the tough ones, don't you? [smile]

Ha ha ha ... OK George how about this one, Are you helping underlings/wannabe's/young people (musicians etc.) develop themselves?

Yes, I like to take time to help others. We give the Trowbridge Youth Achievement Award every year, to a deserving youth or child. http://www.nashvillestarsearch.com I give extra personal time to any young person whose parent or parents come with them to learn.

I give back to my community as well. On Christmas Day I gather (or buy) candy and food and clothes, and with some friends, deliver to the people living on the streets and byways.

Do you feel pressure/stress in your work?

Rarely. It's mostly a time thing. You have to be able to manage certain types of stress very well to be an independent in the music business. I basically love those stresses, they keep my feeling alive, so I like it.

Can you talk about your latest project?

We are releasing a country single by Gus Rhein; recording a soul gospel single to release in May, by Debbie Tucker; and starting on a 15-song album - video project for Jacqui Watson.

The Gus Rhein single is part of the Band of Writers series on JIP Records (Just Iss Planetary Records) and the Jacqui Watson record will release on Artist Choice CD later this year.

You can watch for these releases on Tower Records, GAC, iTunes, cdbaby.com and jiprecords.com
Ask for them in your favorite record store.

George, we ask this question of all our guests and there are no exceptions [smile] .... Have you ever had any unusual or paranormal experiences in your travels?

Yes. I called the spirit deer out of the woods to me as a boy. She came to me and stood by me, a wild white tailed doe. I charmed the wild grouse and walked up to it and felt its wildly beating heart.

I had an astral projection at about nineteen years of age, shooting out over the West and looking down on the Rockies, from Canada to the Southwest. This happened when I was awake. (Later I hitchiked the route, from Fairbanks to Tucson.)

In more recent years, twenty eagles circled overhead while I and my friend Danny visited Geronimo's Grave in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. I saw the spirit pony at his grave. I believe this could have been a vision.

I have witnessed amazingly strange phenomena in Texas, near the military ranges. I assume they were Harriers hazing me. The Roswell Daily Record reporter who wrote about the Roswell Incident is a friend of mine.

When I was about nine, I was fishing on a creek with my father and we witnessed a fireball fall out of the sky. It was so huge and close, I was convinced it landed in our valley. I was also convinced it was something like "The War Of The Worlds" [HG Wells]. I suppose it was a close meteorite. It was fantastic!

I have a PhD physicist friend who worked Los Alamos as a research scientist. It was all very top secret so he couldn't tell me anything specific, but one day he came back and said "I saw IT" with this huge awe. I said "What?" and he said "I saw IT". Well, you and I probably both know what it was he saw. I was also top secret clearance at one point in my computer career.

Wow ... that was intense ... how about 2 more quick questions?
Do you feel that you are 'political' - in your music or in other ways?

I don't feel my music is political, however I write op-ed pieces and press releases on major issues that I feel profoundly. Being a public persona, expressing political views can be a detriment to business, so I try to keep relatively low key in political matters now.

I write to my representatives regularly to let them know how I feel about various issues however. I am passionate about freedom in every form.

Last question George [smile] ...How do you feel about the direction American is heading?

You're free to read some of my letters and press releases on http://www.georgemcclure.net/ it's all there [smile]

George .. I want to thank you personally, and, from our readers and guests on AlienLove.com. You are a true gentleman and made it a pleasure to talk to you, and get to know you at a deeper level then just hearing your music. Exposing an inner piece of yourself to the public is not always an easy thing to do, and I want you to know we appreciate the time you took from your busy life to allow us a clearer and more educated view of the inside of your world. We wish you and yours the absolute best, and continued success in whatever you do. If there's ever anything AlienLove.com can do for you or anyone in your circle ... just let us know, AlienLove will be there for you. Thank You.

ps... "you're right George, kids do love that song!"

As promised, here is a list of links that George is about:


McClure and Trowbridge Publishing

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