Publisher's Playlist 4

Mike McMahon, Publisher of North Scottsdale Lifestyle

Music was a big deal in Mike McMahon’s earlier years. When he grew up, he listened to more albums than singles and wore out “Hotel California” and “Desperado” by the Eagles. Today, the music he listens to is situational. If he’s by the beach, he wants Jimmy Buffet and a beer. If he’s exercising, he wants rock ‘n’ roll to get his heart pumping.

“If I’m driving down the road I listen to talk radio until I can’t listen anymore,” Mike says.

Mike was born in Ohio, moved to Nebraska and, by age 10, he lived in Iowa. His careers have been diverse like his favorite jams. He worked in the supermarket equipment business, as a manufacturers representative. He stepped into home services and owned his own business. Then worked for one of his biggest suppliers, which brought him and his wife, Kat, to Phoenix. Finally, Mike and Kat danced their way into the publishing business. Kidding aside, Mike never dances—unless it’s his wedding day.

At one point, Mike had 7,000 songs downloaded on his iPhone, but he did his best to narrow down some of his favorite bands, artists, songs and albums:

  • Early Elton John, anything before “Captain Fantastic”
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • The Eagles
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Third Eye Blind
  • “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos
  • “Dream On” by Aerosmith
  • “Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
  • The album, “Sports,” by Huey Lewis and the News
  • Moody Blues

“I’m a classic rock junkie. For me, music is a reminder; certain songs bring up great memories,” Mike says. “British invasion songs take me back to summers as a young kid, hanging at the pool. Classic rock is high school and college.”

Both Mike and Kat have a passion for music, but they usually enjoy different tunes. That’s okay. They’ve mastered the skill of compromise and “dance” through life happily anyway.