Work All Day, Play All Night: A Special Report

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 6:17 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) ---- Ever dream of becoming a rock star?

Most of us earn a living in a rather mundane profession, but it doesn't mean some part of that childhood dream can't come true.

We caught up with a trio of wage earners in Fort Wayne who have found a way to pursue their passion for music.

It was the subject of a special report called, “Work all day, play all night”.

The three people we featured have conventional day jobs, but on nights and weekends they unleash their creative side.

Years of medical school taught Dr. Thomas Kintanar how to use a stethoscope and other tools of his trade.

But ask the family physician about his first love, and he'd probably tell you it's a different instrument, his guitar.

" If I had a nickel for every time I've been asked to play 'Stairway to Heaven', I probably would have retired 10 years ago," Kintanar said.

Today he plays with a group called "The Kings of Wing", that includes other doctors, a pharmaceutical rep, and one member who works in shipping and receiving.

In fact, there's no fortune to be made playing charity events around town, but it has its own rewards.

" I'm a singer and when you're hitting your high notes, and nailing it, you feel almost close to the creator," he said.

Music often takes Teresa Lyon and the acoustic duo she performs in to the mountaintop.

It features the rich tones of Lyon, who's been on stage since her teen years.

Teresa also sings in a four-member rock band.

It's her voice that she relies on at bars and nightclubs that book her act, but at her day job as a hairstylist, it's all about the hands.

Lyon says she took to that career more as an afterthought, realizing at some point she needed a backup plan to music.

Her main career fits her personality.

" Not every job allows you to wear your hair crazy or do any of the things I sometimes do, and this job does that," Lyon said at the salon where she works.

“ I'm passionate about both of them. I really like the music probably better. It kind of, you know, feeds my soul or whatever."

If you drop by the Lake City Bank on West Jefferson, and you're likely to run into branch manager Robert Savage, who knows how to make the numbers add up on a balance sheet.

He also knows a thing or two about playing the cello.

Savage performed in the Notre Dame University orchestra when he went to school there.

But those college days also sparked a desire for more than classical music.

His current band, "Yo Yo Pa", is working on a new album.

" We're all over the board. We'll play sea shanties, Celtic music. We'll play recycled rock n' roll, blues," said Savage.

Many of Savage's co-workers and customers know about his musical gift, a diversion to cut stress from the banking world.

" It's very exacting and very demanding in a lot of respects. You've got regulatory stuff; you've got your bosses to please. Music, on the other hand, is a totally different outlet. The peak moments are when everything comes together, harmonically, the sound. The crowd is into it, that sort of thing. Those are the moments you live for as a musician," he said.

There are other groups that could have been featured in our piece.

We caught wind of a psychedelic band in town, called “Heavens Gateway Drugs”, made up of some computer software people.

We also learned of a group called “End Times Spasm Band” that plays 1920's era music.

The lead singer, who also plays the washboard in the group, is an English as a second language teacher.

We even found a professional window washer, who plays the piano for side income.

The list goes on and on of folks who are holding on to their love of music.





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