Profile, Boogie and The Bridge

Cyn Collins’ West Bank Boogie, published by Triangle Park Creative

The seeds for West Bank Boogie were planted as I was walking along the Mississippi River, in June five years ago, enjoying the summer after being laid off from the science museum. Thinking about our local music scene, and my future in journalism, my thoughts turned to the under-attended Viking Bar and West Bank shows of legendary folks such as Spider John Koerner, Willie Murphy, and Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson and their wonderful stories.

I sat in the park with my first editor Chris Steller and pitched the monthly “Music for the People, By the People” series for the Seward Profile. A few months later, Publisher Dan Nordley proposed I expand the musician profiles into a book. West Bank Boogie was an excellent endeavor with a supportive publisher and staff, and it helped to gain recognition, gigs and support for the musicians, bringing together the communities and the joy our local legends’ music offers — everything I’d hoped for. The icing on the cake was being a finalist for the 2006 Minnesota Book Awards.

As my first newspaper editor, Steller inspired and educated me in reporting and my role as a local journalist grew, from publishing over 100 articles over three years for the Seward Profile and The Bridge, to regular gigs writing for other various Twin Cities publications. I am grateful to the staff of The Bridge and Seward Profile for the possibilities they created in shaping my role as a journalist for our communities, which I love.

— Cindy “Cyn” Collins, Bridge advertising manager, author of West Bank Boogie and former reporter for The Bridge and the Seward Profile.

last revised: June 11, 2009