Here is the latest “Inside the SMC studio,” a monthly blog post highlighting our members and who they are! There is a set series of 10 questions they answer. This month, we hear from Nathan Lamb: a longtime supporter of community media and host of “Aging Well,” a production of Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services. Learn more about Nathan below in his interview with SMC!
Who are you and what do you do? Nathan Lamb, Director of Outreach and Community Relations at Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES)
What was the strangest job you’ve had? I don’t know if it was strange, but I met a lot of characters when I was a reporter covering local news.
Where is your favorite place to retreat for mental or physical health? My hometown area, Northern Vermont. I went there in July and got to bike on the new rail trail through the valley I grew up in. It was amazing.
Who were your early creative mentors or source for inspiration? It’s kind of corny, but the Great Gatsby really sparked my interest in pursuing an English degree, and my career as a writer came out of that. So I guess F Scott Fitzgerald would be an early influence. J.R.R. Tolkien is the author who made me a reader at a young age.
How do you get past creative roadblocks? If it isn’t urgent, I find it’s really helpful to step away, do something else for a little while and come back to the matter fresh. If it’s on deadline, you just power through it, do your best, and make sure whatever you’re doing hits all the right notes, even if it’s not perfect.
How has SCATV/BFR been a positive influence in your creative media career? I’ve been a public access guest many times, but SCATV was my first experience hosting. Erica Jones has been a fantastic producer and has helped me improve over time.
What is your favorite music album? I’ve really been into Warren Zevon lately. I’m working though his entire catalog, and am really enjoying his mid-career albums, like Mr Bad Example and Learning to Flinch.
If you could have entrance music, what would it be? Depending on the mood, it would be either Johnny Strikes Up the Band or Lawyers Guns and Money (both by Zevon).
What’s your favorite spot in Somerville to hangout or visit? This is kind of lame, but I spend a lot of time at the Whole Foods!
In 140 characters or less, how would you pitch your show or who you are? SCES connects elders with programs that support independence & well-being. Aging Well helps us provide advice and guidance for more people.