“In Conversation: Mike Appel”
May 19, 2019 was a gorgeous day on Harvard Ave, a lushly tree-lined street in a quiet neighborhood of well established homes on Staten Island, NY.
One Victorian home, curiously with its front not facing the street, stood out as people filled the driveway awaiting the arrival of the stars of the day.
With his personal style of creative perseverance Mike Appel, songwriter, author, playwright, and former manager of Bruce Springsteen, engaged the gathering at Hamilton Park House along with Johnathan Pont, Associate Editor, Backstreets Magazine.
Appel was verbose, charming, resourceful and informative as he launched into stories that, hopefully, won’t be lost or misremembered by others as time goes by.
While focusing mostly on his involvement in Springsteen’s early rise in the music business, Appel touched on all of the days of his most famous musical successes including the Partridge Family music, the Born to Run studio sessions, and the amazing occurrence of both “Time” and “Newsweek” Springsteen cover stories on the exact same day which, by coincidence, was also the same day as Appel’s birthday.
Ending his afternoon engagement, the audience happily welcomed Appel reading the lyrics of a song he wrote for his play, “Stagedoor Johnny.”
Hamilton Park House events are graciously hosted by Maureen Campbell and Ray Heffernan.
Photos and Review by Rose A. Montana