I had no intention of learning to play the guitar. But I had promised my mother I would learn because of signing up for an elective guitar class in high school, so she bought one for my 16th birthday. As it turned out the guitar quickly became my best companion due to moving a lot while I was a teen, which made it difficult to make and keep any friends. I would stay up until the early morning hours playing it, working out my own compositions.
But being a teenager, I soon migrated to the electric guitar. I wanted to mimic the hard rock music I was into. I became an excellent rhythm guitarist and this got me into a number of original rock bands. Yet there remained a love for acoustic guitar music that was inadvertently introduced to me by a sister listening to her Crosby, Stills & Nash and Neil Young records . . . before I even learned how to play.
The days in bands lasted only about five years. And the bands I joined rarely went beyond their local playing area. So I never became known on the music circuit; I didn’t hang out with musicians up in L.A. or Hollywood. I never met or knew anyone famous. I did however play in a band with Robert Sweet – best known for being the drummer of Stryper. I then became the rhythm guitarist in a Praise & Worship band at a church I began attending. It’s here I learned music can be a healing affect in the heart, body and mind. I would not trade this experience for anything.
During the mid to late 90's I was again in a band, this time as lead guitarist. Then in 2004 I began exploring alternate tunings after having listened to – over and over again – the Guitar Passion album by Dallas Gordon. This one album inspired a return to playing, composing and recording my own music. And I found a more proper place and expression in being an instrumentalist. In 2006 I recorded my first album, ‘Clearly‘, under my own name, thirty-two years after first learning how to play the guitar. At 48 years of age I determined, finally, music would have a more prominent place in my life.
I see myself as just a normal guy that happens to play guitar and compose instrumental music . . . which I do hope will enable you to escape the noise and enjoy some quiet moments.