MAHOPAC, N.Y. – It’s all a part of his rock ‘n’ roll fantasy.
“Actually, on the age of 45, I’m making my rock ‘n’ roll desires come true,” mentioned Mahopac resident Mike Muldoon.
Muldoon, who as soon as aspired to be a rock guitarist however wound up with a profession as an IT specialist, now has his personal podcast and YouTube speak present. And whereas his company come from assorted backgrounds, the primary focus has been chatting with veterans of the Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Muldoon, a 1993 graduate of Carmel Excessive College, is married and has two kids. His 15-year-old daughter attends Mahopac Excessive College.
Muldoon’s musical aspirations return to second grade when he bought his first guitar. He and a few buddies performed “Stairway to Heaven” within the college expertise present when he was in eighth grade and he performed guitar within the church choir.
“I performed in bands all via highschool after which I bought a job working in a report retailer, Mad Platters in Putnam Plaza,” Muldoon recalled final week as he was getting ready to go on the air. “My boss there, Joel Huemann, was my [musical] Yoda. He turned me on to all types of music.”
Frank Zappa grew to become his hero and he performed in a Zappa cowl band, although he freely admits, “Frank would by no means have us in his band.”
Muldoon has put collectively a formidable assortment of vinyl, boasting over 3,000 albums and a few 1,500 singles on 45-rpm discs.
“My spouse is threatening kill me,” he mentioned with fun.
How Muldoon came across these 45s is an attention-grabbing story. They’re largely punk recordings finished on an indie label generally known as Nostril Hair Data, owned by the late Alan Mack of Patterson, a good friend of Muldoon’s and a former highschool bandmate. When Mack handed away, he left not solely the 45s to Muldoon, however the report label as properly.
“I’m maintaining his legacy alive,” mentioned Muldoon, who plans to write down and report his personal music and put it out on Nostril Hair Data. He’ll do it along with his guitar, which fits by the identify of Charlene.
Muldoon has attended greater than 400 live shows, together with 141 of the long-lasting jam band Phish.
He attended SUNY New Paltz, the place he earned a bachelor’s diploma and met his spouse. After getting married and beginning a household, his rock ‘n’ roll desires had been moved to the again shelf.
Then, this previous March, because the COVID pandemic was taking maintain, Muldoon had a “religious awakening.”
“The whole lot in my life made sense and I wanted to share,” he mentioned.
Muldoon, who’s a yoga aficionado and meditates frequently, mentioned the change got here to him step by step. At one level, he eliminated a bunch of self-help and inspirational books from his bookshelf and lined them up subsequent to his yoga mat. As he stared at what he had finished, he tried to make sense of it. He determined to start out a podcast/speak present.
“On April 8, I did my first present,” he mentioned. “I used to be guided by spirits. I simply began writing issues. I simply hit ‘report’ on the Mac and talked for 10 minutes. I picked up my guitar and performed ‘What I Obtained’ by Chic.”
He introduced in his cousin to co-host the third present. His fourth present he interviewed a girl with whom he had run a charity occasion.
But it surely was the fifth present that was the game-changer. Ike Willis, a longtime member of Frank Zappa’s band—vocals and guitar—had a guide out. Muldoon reached out to the writer to see if Willis can be prepared to come back on his present and promote his guide. The writer mentioned he would.
“That’s what actually modified it,” he mentioned. “That gave me some credibility.”
That helped him guide Liberty DeVito, Billy Joel’s longtime drummer, who additionally had a guide out.
“He was superior,” Muldoon mentioned. “He opened up about what it was like recording with Paul McCartney.”
Muldoon mentioned he doesn’t consider himself as a journalist and doesn’t attempt to comprise his enthusiasm when he’s chatting with a few of his musical heroes.
“I don’t take into consideration that for a second,” he mentioned. “I may be all of the fanboy that I wish to be. I can ask pointed questions. However I attempt to stability my enthusiasm as a result of I don’t wish to make them uncomfortable. I’m not making a dime with this.”
Muldoon’s nickname is Dooner, so the present has been dubbed “Dooner’s World.”
“After I first began, it was known as ‘Dooner’s Information Via Mirkwood,’” he mentioned. “That was the legendary forest in ‘The Hobbit.’ After we had been younger, my cousin and his household would come spend Thanksgiving weekend with us and he and I’d play within the swamp out by our yard and he would name it Mirkwood.”
However Muldoon realized the moniker may very well be complicated.
“My good friend mentioned, what the hell is that this?” he laughed. “Dooner’s World is extra pure and it’s form of like ‘Wayne’s World.’’’
In the meantime, Dooner’s World’s visitor listing has grown increasingly more spectacular. He has interviewed Arthur Barrow (who performed with Zappa and Robby Krieger of The Doorways), Prescott Niles (The Knack), Roger Capps (Pat Benatar’s bass participant), Bobbie Figueroa (Seashore Boys drummer) and Chris Franz (drummer for Speaking Heads).
In the meantime, Muldoon continues working full time at his IT job.
“I’m nonetheless working it,” he mentioned. “It’s actually arduous to stability all of it. I begin round 5 within the morning.”
And relating to these rock ‘n’ roll fantasies, his spouse has been nothing however supportive.
“She has been a saint, coping with greater than anybody else ought to need to take care of,” he mentioned with a chuckle.
To take a look at Muldoon’s present, go to YouTube and search, “Dooner’s World.”