Uncertain About the Future, Greensboro Musician Roy MacNeil Lives for the Moment
June 09, 2020
Roy MacNeil is doing everything he can to remain creative these days.
The Greensboro musician performed a virtual concert at the Highland Center for the Arts in March. As the weather warmed, he began playing and recording music in an old shed on his family’s farm.
While growing up in this rural corner of Vermont, MacNeil learned to play violin at a young age. He resisted music lessons as a child, but he found his connection to music later on. He now also plays piano, guitar, and viola.
In 2014, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The diagnosis changed everything about his life. The one thing it hasn’t changed is his love for creating music.
“It’s a strange journey, but it’s forced me to try to live my best life and examine my life in a way I never would have otherwise,” he says. “It’s given me a sense of urgency that always did exist, but now I really feel it. It just matters more.”
On MacNeil’s website, www.roymacneilmusic.com and his YouTube channel, you’ll find acoustic folk songs, including There She Walks, electronic songs, such as Hey, Rewind, as well as various instrumental pieces, including Song of Comfort.
Happy Vermont Podcast: An Interview with Roy MacNeil
In this episode of Happy Vermont, Roy MacNeil talks about what inspires him, his creative process, and the challenge of putting himself out there as an artist.
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