With graduation just around the
corner, Philip Poe had the world
on his shoulders. But senior year
wouldn't have been half as
exciting to Poe if he didn't have
MUSIC IN HIS LIFE
Philip Poe inspects
work with music
and an internship
during his final
semester at UH.
photo by Dixie Ann
Philip Poe was a graduating
broadcast journalism major in the spring
of 2003, but earning a degree from UH
was only one of his goals. Poe, 22,
pursued another of his passions, music,
when school was out.
Poe's band, The Bell Curve,
released their self-titled debut CD during
the 2002 - 2003 school year. The band,
together for six months, consisted of Poe
on vocals and bass guitar, Ronnie Spozio
on guitar and background vocals and Bill
Schmitz on drums.
Poe, the band's songwriter, has
actually been playing the guitar for ten
years. "But when I heard Ronnie play
the guitar, I decided that maybe I needed
to learn how to play the bass. Whenever
Ronnie played, there was really no other
room for any other guitar moves," Poe
said. "I mean, I'm good, but he's really
During spring 2003, Poe worked
at the Fox Sports Studio, doing a
production internship. He often
interviewed athletes, edited video footage
and gathered other information and ideas
"My ideal job would be playing
with a band. If there comes a time where
I can do music full time, then that's what
I'm going to do. But I'm not going to
give up on everything else and just sit
and wait on a music career to happen,"
Poe went to work, went to class,
exercised, then headed home in time to
see 'The Simpsons," "King of the Hill"
and 'That 70's Show."
"For fun I like to go out to eat
Mexican Food. I have this fixation with
enchilada gravy. I have to have it once a
day," Poe said.
To relax, Poe also attended
concerts. "I love the Counting Crows,"
Poe boasted quite a collection of
musical instruments, including six
guitars, one mandolin and one bass guitar.
"I grew up on classic rock
because my parents were both fans of that
genre. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and
Genesis, to be exact," Poe said.
"As I got older, I got into the
grunge thing, but grunge hasn't
influenced me as much as the classic rock
artists. The classic rock influences are
more likely to come through in my
by Dixie Ann Dalton
Man's best friend
Poe plays guitar in his living room
after a full day of school and work.
The 22-year-old found time for
music even with graduation
photo by Dixie Ann Dalton
"My work is never done"
Poe puts what he learned as
a broadcast journalism
major to work at his Fox
Sports internship. He
dreamed of finding success
with his music but opted to
stay practical in his career
photo by Dixie Ann Dalton