I grew up in South Florida in the 70s and started playing acoustic guitar when I was 12 (after a brief fling with the drums). When I was 14, I started playing bass, becoming involved in my first band with high-schoolers a little older than me, and actually earning money playing out. This was all self-taught.
I kept playing out as a bass player in different bands, traveling and recording, until I went back to the guitar, but this time I played electric. I came to RI in 1981 and began writing songs, recording and playing out. In 1986, my power pop band, "The Hitmen", made the semi-finals of the WBRU Rock Hunt and recieved a lot of airplay on WHJY with their song "Carolyn Fox", dedicated to the shock jock DJ there at the time.
I went back to paying solo acoustic in 1991 until I joined "The Flying Ditchdiggers", a mix of genre-bending original and covers that we called "folk and roll". This group came in 2nd at the WBRU Rock Hunt of 1993 and put out 2 records.
When that group ended, I began my music publishing company, Sunset Venue Music, with my partner Greg Brown, a video producer, writing and recording songs that we license out through film and TV, or supply to artists looking for a good song to cut.
Around 1990, I had a near-fatal episode with cancer and began a more serious look into my spirituality. I began meditating and found a type of music called sacred sound that attracted me. Sacred sound is consciously imprinting the music by channeling the highest spiritual energies into it. It is then passed to the listener as they meditate with it as it plays. I created 3 CDs: Sacred Sound for Meditation (meditation aid), Mayan Days of Sound (short tracks based on the Mayan Calendar and 2012) and Sacred Sound for Meditation 2 (3 twenty-minute extended tracks from the Mayan Days of Sound CD). More to come.
Acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic, electric guitar, slide guitar, electric bass, synthesizer (keys), bamboo flute, djumbe, and a smattering of other stringed or percussion instruments. I can do either lead or rhythm on guitar. I also do vocals.
I have a home recording studio where I produce all my compositions, whether it be demos for others, techno for background music, a rock song for a short video, or world music for a documentary. I also produce relaxation and meditation music, and am very interested in using sound vibration as a means to reduce stress, and to assist any healing process.
Acoustic instrumental licensed, synched with a Collette Tour promotional video
Instrumental "Funky Delta Cat" licensed, synched to a commercial in WA state.
Several World style instrumentals for the PBS documentary "Because Nobody Goes There" hosted by Sam Waterston of "Law and Order".
Co-wrote "Javelin", cut by Otis Read
Custom "sound alike" creation for short film "3G$" by Integrity Flims.
Novelty song, "Monkey Business" licensed for an online game (also produced ringtone downloads)
Country Rock song "Livin' Good" cut by Toby Humstad
Numerous recordings released independently or recording as a sessions player