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Jeff Cofer

I was born in Harve De Grace, MD, in September of 1973. My family moved to Pittsburgh, PA, before I was a year old so let’s just agree I am from Pittsburgh (and proud of it!). By the age of six or seven I became surprisingly interested in 3 things: words, music and golf. Strange mix, I know, but I’m never boring at parties. Anyway, years later I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, after a two-year “visit” to Ohio University, with a BA in Journalism specializing in Public Relations. This basically means I was taught to put facts in the correct order and in my spare time be creative. While all of that was going on I played in several not-so-serious bands, and played competitive golf.

After college I lived in Atlanta, GA, for about 5 years where I worked as a professional studio and touring drummer, while working in the golf industry to pay the bills. I enjoyed most of that experience even though it was during this period I learned everything is a business.

Moving back to “yankee-land” I eventually ended up in a most beautiful part of the country: Lancaster, PA. I know, you are thinking, “Ew, isn’t that just farms and Amish people?” Keep thinking that and don’t come here. We like it just the way it is! In addition to contributing to Media Medusa, I am the Head Golf Coach at Linden Hall and a certified Master Teaching Professional through PGTAA (visit my Facebook page for more about my golf instruction). Plus, I’m an outside mortgage consultant for Liberty United Mortgage.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts, feelings and opinions with my readers about words, music and golf, mixed with some facts in the correct order. I may even venture out into the habitats of pop-culture and technology (don’t tell the boss!).

Maggie / CR: Jeff Cofer I live with my beautiful girlfriend, Heather, her beautiful daughter, Kaitlin, and my editor, Maggie (pictured right).

I hope you enjoy what I have to share at Media Medusa, and I welcome any and all comments, suggestions and money orders. Until next time, I’ll see you on the Internet.


2 Responses to Jeff Cofer

  1. Annie says:

    Hi Jeff,
    I can tell that you are really, I mean really, are into John Mayer. I enjoy reading others opinions on new music and I appreciate that I can quickly scan your exhaustive opinion of each and every one of his forgettable songs. What I didn’t quickly glaze over, however is your comparrason to a “happy Jerry Garcia.” I’m curious, what is your experience with either Jerry or his music as a whole? In order for me to take your reviews seriously, I feel it’s important that you respond.

    Annie Jones

    • Jeff Cofer says:


      Thanks for your comments. I will address several of them.

      First, I am not, “into”, John Mayer. As my review states I have closely followed his career and analyzed his music. I feel that John is one of the most important and skilled American songwriters of the past 15 years. His composition abilities, mixed with his instrumentation, lyrics and production are well above average.

      Second, since you quickly scanned the opinion sections I wrote about each and every song you must have missed the descriptive, objective parts of my review. Also, I prefer the word, “thorough”, as opposed to, “exhaustive”, because proper reviews of anything are complete and thorough.

      Third, the vastness of, “forgettable”, music that Jerry Garcia is responsible for, both live and in-studio, is difficult to comprehend. Maybe that will be my next review. Thanks for the idea!

      Lastly, I am not concerned at all whether you take me seriously or not. But, since you asked I will describe my reasons for the comment, and my experience with Jerry and his music as a whole. I only ask that you listen to the part of Wildfire from John to understand my comment, if you can. John used a Gibson SGs during the recording of this song for the solo, the same guitar that Jerry played often. He also used a self-made effect pedal to create the sound for the record. Jerry often did this and was well known for how often he tinkered with his instruments and peripherals. The reference to a, “happy Jerry Garcia”, refers to songs Jerry recorded and played live with the Grateful Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band (also, Acoustic) and solo that were not the product of one of his drug-riddled, depressed, pointless, musical ramblings. His happier, more positive music often contained guitar solos that could only be described as, well, happy and positive. Kind of like John was happy and positive when writing and recording Paradise Valley, as mentioned in my review. I have seen and heard Jerry play live several times and always left early, being thankful in most cases that I didn’t pay for the tickets.

      I can tell you are really, I mean really, not, “into”, John Mayer. That’s cool. I hope whatever music you are, “into”, brings you half the enjoyment that John’s brings me. I hope you will do more than just quickly scan and glaze over the other content on http://www.mediamedusa.com. Be warned, though. It is a review Web site so some of our content might be a bit too thorough for you.


      Jeff Cofer

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