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Making Music After A Midlife Crisis

Rob Slosberg is “just a dad trying to live the midlife crisis dream.”

This being Westport, many midlife crises are eased with a sports car or trophy wife.

Slosberg — a lifelong Westporter and 1982 Staples High School grad — took a different route.

“It’s a bit surreal releasing a first album at my age,” he says. (He’s 52.) “When I tell people about it, they sort of tilt their head at me and say, ‘why?” Or they ask, “seriously, what’s your real job?”

Growing up in Westport — and just starting his career in advertising — Slosberg only dabbled in music. But then his 2 sons were born. He picked up his guitar, and played for and with them.

By the time Justin was 11 — and drumming with School of Rock —  Slosberg joined him in a band.

Justin Slosberg

At 14, Justin tried guitar. Pretty quickly, he was better than his dad.

Slosberg tells people that Justin got too cool to play with his father. Actually, Slosberg admits, his son was too talented.

That’s not the old man blowing smoke. Justin was recently accepted into Berklee College of Music.

So Slosberg started another band. Miss Suzy’s Opus was a regular on the Bobby Q’s roof.

Slosberg began writing original tunes. But he was hesitant to play them publicly. “People want to dance. They don’t want to hear some guy’s new song,” he says. “I completely get that.”

Rob Slosberg

Then one of his sons got very sick. Today Slosberg tells people, “‘we went through a traumatic medical event.’ I usually don’t talk about it much more than that, because it hurts my heart to talk about it. It was a dark time.”

Suddenly, there was nothing more important in his life than writing more songs and getting an album finished. Slosberg was on a mission.

It took a year, on and off, in the studio. He kept it secret from almost everyone.

“I didn’t want any negative energy,” he explains. “I only played the songs for my girlfriend. She’s obligated to love them.”

In real life, Slosberg is a creative director at a New York advertising firm. The album — “Private Moon” — is being released under the name Rob Morton.

That’s his middle name. He’s not hiding anything — he just wants his artist and ad lives to be separate.

Slosberg’s favorite track is “Just One More Day With You.” It’s fun and upbeat, but with a tinge of sadness.

There’s also a tribute to his boys. It’s called “I Was Supposed to be Your Hero.”

It’s a great song. And the title is a lot better than “I Was Supposed to be an Advertising Guy, Until This Midlife Crisis Hit.”

(“Private Moon” is available on iTunes and other music sites.)

 

Rock On, Justin!

At Staples High School, Justin Slosberg battled leukemia. With the help of family and friends — all of whom dressed in purple one day, to show support — he returned to classes and to his passion, the drums. He graduated last June, the day after pounding out a great solo at baccalaureate.

On the last day of his 3 1/2-year treatment regimen — just after he moved into his dorm, beginning his freshman year at Berklee College of Music — Justin learned his cancer had returned.

Justin Slosberg

Justin Slosberg

Many of Justin’s bills are not covered by insurance. He’s looking at a 3-week hospital stay, followed by a bone marrow transplant and another 2 months in the hospital

The Slosbergs have been Westporters since Justin was in kindergarten.  Their strong, long local connections have led friends to organize a GoFundMe campaign to cover unpaid bills and treatment costs.

Click here to contribute. It’s time to drum up support from everyone!

 

Be Strong Justin!

A major goal of the Westport school system is for students to use technology to solve problems.

At the same time, the schools want students to be compassionate, and care for others.

If the past 24 hours are any indication, hundreds of students are doing all that — and more.

When Staples freshman Justin Slosberg was diagnosed with early-stage leukemia, friends, acquaintances — and others who just knew of him — swung into action.

A Facebook group called “Be Strong Justin!” quickly grew to over 1,300 members. Many posted messages of encouragement. Some added funny notes.

Justin responded:

I’ve never felt more loved in my entire life. I am absolutely speechless. There are indisputably NO words for how beautiful the fact that Facebook can bring everyone together is.

More words poured in. Justin soon added:

At this rate, I feel invincible. This support is unreal. I’m going to laugh in this cancer’s face until it leaves my body, and I’ll laugh some more when it’s finally out. Know that, and stand behind that motto. Stay happy.  Better yet, be happy with me. There shall be no sadness here in this group.

Meanwhile, a group of friends posted a 15-foot-long sheet of white paper near the Staples cafeteria, and several smaller ones. Within an hour it was filled with notes. Some were funny; some poignant. All were important.

On Monday, students at Staples, and Bedford and Coleytown Middle Schools, will wear purple to show support, and to keep Justin in everyone’s thoughts.

One of Justin Slosberg’s banners at Staples.