The Hallberg Center for the Arts is open again , but to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and for the health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and the community, we will be placing some requirements and limits on visitors and voluteers.  We will be open normal hours Thursday through SaturdayVolunteers and guests will be required to wear a mask (if you don't have one, we will provide on for you).  We are limiting the total volunteers and guests to a total of 15 people in the gallery at any given time.  Sanitizer will be available.  Social distancing is required.

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Posted in the Forest Lake Press: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 1:39 pm


Q: Where are you from, how old are you, and where do you live now?

A: I am 42 and grew up in White Bear Lake. I have lived in Wyoming for 15 years.

Q: How and when did you get started as a musician?

A: After seeing the original Woodstock movie on public television I knew I had to learn to play guitar. Jimi (Hendrix) was the one who really grabbed my attention. I took some guitar lessons when I was about 17.

Q: Are you self-taught, or do you have formal training in music?

A: I learned some basics from lessons, but I am mostly self-taught. My cd collection has been the greatest teacher a guy could ask for.

Q: What instrument(s) do you play?

A: I consider the voice to be just as important as any other instrument, so I need to list that. I also play lead and rhythm electric and acoustic guitar. Mostly acoustic these days.

Q: In what venues do you typically play?

A: Coffee houses, cafes, bars, private parties, you name it, I’ll be there.

Q: What usually inspires you in your music?

A: The freedom to pour out emotions from joy to heartache and everything in between.

Q: How do you market yourself and/or your band?

A: Pounding the pavement, playing gigs and open mics around the Twin Cities. (Editor’s note: Spreck’s website is

Q: What is it about your music to which people seem to respond?

A: I think there are lots of things people respond to. I like my songs to tell a story that they can relate to. There’s a lot of honesty in what I do. You can’t fake honest music.

Q: What is the most rewarding part about creating your music?

A: There is a great sense of accomplishment in completing a song and performing it in front of people. I like playing live.

Q: What is the most challenging part?

A: Finding the hours or sometimes minutes in the day to focus. My best ideas for songs come at a time when I can’t possibly sit down and write.

Q: Do you have a “claim to fame” as a musician?

A: My kids have my album “In the Distance” on their iPods. Does that count?

Q: Are you a full-time musician or do you have a day job?

A: I work full time as a Mac operator at a printing company.

Q: What else do you do in your spare time?

A: Spare what? That’s something I’m unfamiliar with. My wife and I have 11-year-old twins, so I spend as much time with them as possible. The rest of my time is spent on “the hustle”, trying to book gigs, promote gigs, promote myself and so on.

Q: What is in the five-year plan for you as a musician?

A: It would be great to earn a living through music.

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