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January 13, 2013

Sigmon: From providing power to providing the power of music

PRINCETON — It’s always darkest before dawn.

Make no mistake, Richard “Bubba” Sigmon’s darkest moment happened in a really dark place — the coal mines of southern Illinois. Sigmon was injured working underneath the ground taking rock that would soon become a part of America’s power grid.

Soon, he found himself out of work and without a desire to live in Illinois. So, he and his wife decided to pack up their belongings and head back to their mountain home, Princeton.

Sigmon decided to make the most of his time and accompany a friend who was scheduled to be a disc jockey at a party at the local Moose Lodge. Pretty soon, he found himself asking why he couldn’t do something similar.

“I got together with another friend,” Sigmon said. “We couldn’t stop asking why we couldn’t do something similar.”

Once he got started, he found the work to be something he really enjoyed. Everyone knows that coal miners provide the backbone of power and resources that keep America’s power going but the coal miners don’t get to see everyone turn on their kitchen lights or enjoy a nice warm meal.

Being a DJ is just the opposite for Sigmon. He can watch as everyone at a party has fun and enjoys the music he plays.

“It makes it all worthwhile to see people out there having fun.” Sigmon said. “There’s times you can see people dancing before they hit the floor.”

That sense of satisfaction is what Sigmon says he’s disc jockey for. On the phone Friday morning, he explained that he works with several local groups to provide music for their parties. These include the Princeton Elks Club and Princeton Moose Lodge.

— Contact Matt Christian at mchristian@ptonline.net.

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