Arvid: The typical reasons. Different personalities. One guy thought he was a hard-core punk, two
of them had solid jazz training, and I was doing abstract, experimental electric guitar. It was
interesting for a while but we all moved on.
Bill: Lee, what were you doing during this time?
Lee: I never saw the Great Invisibles. I was in a
whole other world from that scene. I had met Arvid,
but I was busy getting a degree in biology. I was
really into jazz. Then, I went to study percussion
under Charlotte Mabrey at the University of North
Bill: Charlotte is remarkable.
Arvid: She is, indeed.
Bill: At various times I saw you each play as part of
Craig Spirko’s band, Soul Guardians. Did you ever
play with Soul Guardians at the same time?
Arvid: Oh, yeah. A few times. That’s how we met.
Lee: That’s not exactly how we met.
Arvid: Well, sort of.
Bill: You tell me, Lee. How did it happen?
Lee: Shakespeare at the Met. What happened was,
Theatre Jacksonville was doing a Shakespeare series
at Metropolitan Park. Arvid was doing the music for
Arvid: That’s right. I needed a percussionist so I
asked Charlotte Mabrey. She was too busy , so she
recommended one of her students, which was Lee.
Lee: And Craig Spirko was recording the production.
That’s how we all met.
Arvid: Which led to us sitting in with Craig’s band,
Bill: Wasn’t that production of Macbeth directed by
Michael Emerson, the actor who plays Ben Linus in
the TV show Lost?
Arvid: Yes, that was Michael. Very nice guy. Very
Bill: I have video footage of Michael directing a
music video for Soul Guardians. You were in that,
Bill: So you two met each other working with Craig Spirko and
Michael Emerson and William Shakespeare.
Lee: And the rest is history!
Bill: Speaking of history, Arvid, you played on a John Fahey
Arvid: That was a long time ago! Yeah, John Fahey is a stellar
figure in music. He was a pioneer in blues and folk music. This
record company out of Berkley, California, Kicking Mule
Records, wanted several musicians to record songs by Fahey as
a tribute to him, and they sought me out to be a part of it. I
recorded the songs in Gainesville, FL and sent them a tape,
which they used on the album. I’m very proud of those cuts. It
was a joy to do his music.
|Michael Emerson (front & center) directs a
rock video for the band Soul Guardians
(Arvid is on the left).
|A camera operator films Arvid playing
guitar with a violin bow for the Soul