Stephen A. Allen

Don't laugh, you may look like this some day.  
I was born on April 17, 1955 (in case you want to send me a card) in Macon, Georgia (home of Little Richard, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers, and many more). I moved to Athens, Georgia (home of R.E.M., The B-52's and many, many more) in 1973 to attend the University of Georgia. The Athens music scene hadn't started yet, but I met many people who would become big contributors to it. I played guitar in a few bands, but none worth writing about. I left Athens in 1979 (I done graduated), pulled by the gravitational field of Atlanta. Atlanta is a big city, so many bands have started here, but on a per-capita basis it isn't on par with Macon or Athens. As soon as I was settled in Atlanta, I found myself commuting back to Athens every weekend 

because I had become co-owner of the 40-Watt Club, along with my next-door neighbor from Macon.I was brought in mostly because I had a real respectable-type job (Public Relations Officer for the Consulate General of Japan). Actually, a lot of my old neighborhood gang was heavily involved in the Athens music scene. It was fun for a year, but I became tired of subsidizing my friends' debauchery and have stayed in Atlanta ever since. I have been happily married since 1984 and now spend most of my time raising a 7-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl. I'm also involved in political activities, doing my small part to stem the rising tide of divisiveness which has infected American politics. I still enjoy composing, and feel that MIDI has finally unleashed what has always been in my head and thousands of other heads out there.