Finding Musical Inspiration In Yankton

I’ve never heard of Michael Pink prior to today, and I’m not sure when he spent time in the Yankton area.

However, it turns out he is making waves in the music scene of Fargo, N.D.

The Forum in Fargo has a feature on Pink where he mentions Yankton:

Whether they’re painters or punk rockers, artists often experience a journey of self-discovery that crystallizes who they are and what they create.

Michael Pink’s journey started above Sammy’s Pizza.

Pink, a Fargo musician, was living in an apartment above the downtown restaurant when he started writing some of the music that, six years later, has made him one of Fargo-Moorhead’s most publicized musicians. On Saturday night, Pink will play The Monkey Bar as part of FM’s Finest, the concert showcase sponsored by The Forum and Jade Presents.

But while some musicians would have eagerly shifted their first tunes from that downtown apartment to the stage, Pink wanted to let his music grow. So he moved to the country outside of Yankton, S.D., and focused on writing and recording his alt-rock songs with moody pop appeal.

“It was just a place that I had been through a couple times,” Pink says about Yankton. “I started writing more out there and recorded my songs there just to see if I was any good at it.”

Read the rest of the story by former Argus Leader writer Robert Morast here.

Pink has a good sound that fits into the (rather loosely-defined) indie rock genre. It’s definitely worth checking out his MySpace page.

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