Mo Cummings conducted this interview with Ed Cobb, of Bedford, Indiana, on 2/11/18.
MC: Mr. Cobb…
EC: You can just call me Ed; Mr. Cobb is for my 8th graders.
MC: Alright, Ed it is. When did you first start playing music? How many, and what instruments can you play?
EC: I started playing music in 1975 in elementary school when I enrolled in band to play the trumpet. I played it through high school in our Jazz/Rock band at Bedford North Lawrence High School. After I started my teaching career, I got interested in learning to play guitar. That was probably around 1998 or so.
MC: Very cool. Can you still the play trumpet, or just guitar?
EC: Not like I used to, but after shaking off some rust I can still play trumpet. Mostly just the guitar now though.
MC: Gotcha. How did you come to start performing live shows? Where is your favorite place to play in Bedford?
EC: I had no intention of ever playing in front of any sort of audience. But my wife was singing in a group that performed music from the 60's and 70's and they convinced me to join the band when they were in need of a guitarist. I was hooked after the first show I did with them. We played in front of crowds as small as 40-50 and as large as 1,000 plus. My wife and I now mostly play together once a month at The Limestone Cafe here in Bedford, and it is by far our favorite place to play.
MC: I remember in middle school you and your wife performing “Traveling Soldier” at the Veteran’s Day program. It was great.
EC: Yes, we typically will play at one of the school events every year. That’s always something fun for us. And it shows the students we’re more than just math and science teachers.
MC: That makes sense. What is your favorite type of music to play, or maybe a favorite song to play?
EC: My wife and I really don't have a particular style that we play. We subscribe to the idea that there are two types of music: good and bad. If you come see us play, we will play acoustic covers of folk, rock, country, and pop stuff.
MC: You mentioned that you were in the Jazz/Rock band in high school. Does that carry over to the acoustic rock covers you play now?
EC: Yeah I would say it carries over some. Obviously a trumpet and guitar are different instruments, but it’s more the upbeat style that I liked back then, and still find enjoyable today.
MC: We are promoting the Midwest music scene on our website, middletownmusic.org. What should we tell our followers about the music & entertainment scene in Bedford?
EC: Bedford has a lot of talented musicians, and there are multiple ways to listen to and enjoy them. Of course, we have a small bar scene that has live music weekly, but there are also a couple of cafes that offer live music while you dine.
MC: Like the Limestone Café you and your wife play at?
EC: Exactly. Bedford and Lawrence County also have other entertainment venues like the Little Theater of Bedford, The Performing Arts Center at Bedford North Lawrence High School, Shafer Auditorium, and the Mitch Opera House that often showcase local talent as well.
MC: I’ve been to all of those except the Mitch Opera house, and they’re definitely some cool venues.
EC: I agree. We are definitely a small town, but there is plenty of musical talent here.
MC: Well I didn’t get any of it, but I know others who did. Thank you again for helping me out with the interview, I think we got some good information.
EC: No problem, thanks for asking me to do this.