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Tim McGeary - Second Hand Saint

Bonita Springs

Band Description
Singer/songwriter steeped in the dual world of Americana and Country music.
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Artist Biography
If music is a springboard for emotion, then Tim McGeary knows all too well how to mine it to the max. “I have to write songs,” the accomplished songwriter insists. “Yet, it’s both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that you are able to write and sing songs that can connect to people and bring them to an emotional state. The curse is that I can never turn it off. If I get something in my head at 3 am, I have to get up and get to my guitar or piano so I quickly record something. Otherwise, I won’t be able to get back to sleep.”
McGeary’s dedication to his muse has never faltered, and now, even after a couple of decades of plying his craft, that passion is as intense as ever. It’s the spiritual essence of making music that elicits his enthusiasm…that drives him to connect with his listeners…and that makes it so essential for him to express his emotions and desires.
“It allows me to let go of those temporal distractions that often bog us down, and to share those things that bond us all together as human beings,” he explains. “I’m grateful to have a gift that allows me to do something I to do, and to translate my life experiences into songs that hopefully can touch people in some personal and hopefully profound way.”
Given that dedication, it’s no surprise to find that McGeary’s songs have been tapped for such hit television shows as “Smallville,” “One Tree Hill” and “Glory Days,” as well as the made-for- HBO film “Girl Got Moe.” McGeary’s songs are not only a perfect soundtrack for the Hollywood hit-makers, but for those everyday individuals who can relate to those intimate feelings and connect them with their own.
Indeed, McGeary’s music is filled with insights that are borne from the insights he’s gained from living in a some exotic locales and working at a variety of occupations. His trajectory was somewhat extraordinary from the very beginning; the son of an FBI agent, he was the oldest of ten children. Time spent in the Merchant Marine traveling throughout South America, India and Pakistan provided a rich cache of memories and melodies. Even after relocating to the West Coast of Florida and settling down in an idyllic retreat with his wife of 35 years, he still finds continuing sources of inspiration. For the past two decades he’s been a firefighter and paramedic with the Collier County Fire Department, further evidence of his fervent desire to provide help and support in any way he’s able. Not surprisingly, he was among the emergency personnel who went to New York to help out at Ground Zero in the wake of 9/11. The American flag he had tattooed over his heart, accompanied by the words “Never Forget,” testify to the strength of his conscience and conviction.
A recovering alcoholic, McGeary has also witnessed his share of heartbreak. His only son was killed in an auto accident a few years ago, and early on as a child, he suffered the loss of his beloved two year-old brother. Yet instead of burying himself in his grief and retreating from the world, he’s used those tragedies to fuel the commitment to his craft. “I’ve felt more pain and seen more heartache than any individual should witness in a lifetime,” he maintains. “And yet, I’ve also seen so much of the beauty this world has to offer. Ultimately, it takes both to create music that’s genuinely worth sharing.”
That’s one reason McGeary doesn’t differentiate between playing for an auditorium full of onlookers or an audience that numbers only a few people. Or, as he explains, “If I can connect to even to those individuals who are touched in some way by my music, then I feel like I’m truly fulfilled.”

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