My name is Steven Dwight Longe, married and reside in Shelburne, VT. I’m a Native Vermonter and a Singer/Songwriter. As a boy I loved to hear songs with Acoustic Guitars. My inspiration began at 11 years old in 1976 when the band Boston and their songs “More than a Feeling” & “Peace of Mind” caught my ear.
The Finger Picking and the Acoustic Strumming propelled me to take up the guitar. I loved listening to Jim Croce’s “Operator” being a total Acoustic composition and many songs from James Taylor. This fueled my hunger to learn how to play. As a boy, it was hard to find someone to teach and with little means, paid lessons were not an option. I was able to pickup some lessons from time to time and a certain Burlington High School Algebra Teacher - Cliff White happened to play guitar. Cliff was kind and for the joy of teaching and by his giving, Cliff taught me various finger picking styles and the intro to Kansas’s “Dust in the Wind” All else is self taught with God given natural rhythm ability.
Then life happened. I graduated from High School and needed to live on my own so I put away the guitar and started my career working for Digital Equipment Corporation in 1983. At that time my ambitions were in the corporate world and for the next quarter century my passion for playing the guitar and my creativity lay dormant. From time to time I would play music a bit with my friends or when I happened across an acoustic guitar. This was during the period of time I first moved out on my own. As time passed, returning to school and working full-time left me with little time for anything. I put away my musical ambitions (didn't know I had ambitions then) for a steady income. My acoustical reawakening happened when a fellow coworker Bob Clawson from my Bank of Vermont days, and by chance we met 19 years later at the NEFCU parking lot summer of 2008. Bob had shared with me his battle with cancer and ask me if he could play me a song. I said sure! I didn’t know Bob played guitar. What happened next was nothing short of amazing, Bob played his heart out and sang at my car window! I was so moved by him and our conversation that after a few days, I decided to pickup the guitar again. I still had some rusty skills and they began to smooth out over time I then decided to purchase a new Taylor 814-ce Acoustic Guitar with the money I worked so hard to save through the years. I was amazed at what I could find on the internet for lessons on songs. There wasn’t an Internet when I began learning to play and I was blown away.
In my Twenties I discovered Neil Young's acoustic songs and he quickly became another favorite artist I loved to listen too. Seeing his 1971 Video's on Youtube that I missed when I was 7 years old was a treat! Time travel... That's what I was doing watching Neil's performance. Again totally blown away.
By practicing daily for hours at a time, morning and night, for months and for the last 4 years I have caught up a bit and have learned new techniques. I have been able to incorporate a lot of my life’s lessons, experiences and emotion into my music and lyrics. The loss of loved ones passing, both parents, a step father, an older brother, a nephew, a younger brother-in-law and a good friend and another good friend Dutch - my first Dog, have been painful life lessons in grief. When you get to this term in our stage of life, you then begin to appreciate life and know that finality is real and heading your way. I wanted to share my music with you and I hope you find my music interesting for it comes from my heart and my life’s experiences. Songs of Happiness, Songs of Remembrance, Songs from Love, Songs to move you, and Songs with Spirit and songs that helped me pull out of my grieving funk. Please embrace my vision, enjoy how my music was created and from where it comes from. You will learn my story through reading and listening on this website.
With Kind Regards and Peace,
Steven Dwight Longe