Rick Jervis.

Rick Jervis, the physician assistant at Executive Urgent Care in Indian Wells, is not only a medical professional; he has also been a professional musician. He once worked for Yamaha’s musical-instruments division, and also worked behind the scenes on the Jackson 5 Victory Tour in 1984. Full disclosure: I also work for Executive Urgent Care. During the day, those of us in the office can hear Rick blasting tunes from various genres, from jazz to rock—and yes, Toto, too. Here are his brief but insightful answers to The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Todd Rundgren.

What was the first album you owned?

A Deep Purple album.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Ed Sheeran.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?


What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?


What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?


What’s your favorite music venue?

The Santa Barbara Bowl.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

The “99” in Toto’s “99.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

The Rascals. I bought my first (Hammond) B-3 (organ) after listening to Felix Cavaliere play.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I’d ask Don Henley of the Eagles how the group is adjusting to the loss of Glenn Frey.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Toto, Falling in Between.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Hold the Line” by Toto. (Scroll down to hear it.)

Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...