I was raised by an art teacher mom and a scientist dad in a small university town. I spent my early years drawing and painting on the living room coffee table while listening to my father’s record collection (mostly jazz and film scores.)
I began performing and singing in Elementary school productions, trying a bit of writing as well.. Then, in the midst of junior high school’s angst, I began to write songs on a regular basis, making fairly good imitations of the pop and indie landscape of the day. At 15, I traded one of my paintings for local sound studio time and was introduced to audio production and multi-tracking.
A few short years later, I re-discovered my father’s record collection and also began tuning in to all sorts of world music and urban radio stations for multi-dimensional nourishment, and masterful examples of composition, arranging, lyricism, and melody.
I continued writing by ear throughout college, but took the idea of a well-rounded education very seriously... struggling with subjects way outside of my field, and against a learning disability or two. It wasn’t until after graduation that I realized how much musical education and discipline was still ahead of him. I switched from guitar to piano in order to understand theory better, and began the daunting task of editing, cutting, and re-writing several album’s worth of his material up to that point.
If there is any main theme to my yet-to-be released library, it might be about my struggle to not be one dimensional... to balance between art and science in life, and to balance the moment-by-moment personal dilemmas of growth with universal experiences of a world full of people suffering with simlar.
We all feel the struggle to keep our center amidst the sensory assault and demands of modern living. When we re-connect with universal principles in life, science, and art, our perception rises above the fray into a place where “The fundamental things apply as time goes by" (--Cassablanca) That is the sort of classic transcendence that I want to build into my songs.
I'm Passionate about the basics. Most of the world's problems stem from missing out on essential, foundational concepts, usually at the grade-school level.
Replace the seventh or eighth grade with a year of tutoring elementary school students.
Restructuring organizations, Human resources problems, Impossible situations, Product design, marketing, and promotion. Script doctoring, saving collapsing film productions. Consulting.
Jungian-style analysis, Painting, Multi-media, self-education.
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