Music can't get enough of me!
I've tried to ignore music. Sometimes successfully. For a while, that is. However, despite all the periodic attempts to lose myself in other concerns, music always seems to find me. When it does, nothing else matters much. Once I got hooked on songwriting there was no turning back. So I might as well let y'all hear some of those songs. That's why I'm here.
My life began sometime in the 60's when one afternoon an older kid in the neighborhood asked me if I liked the Beatles. I didn't know what he was talking about. Half an hour later I did. The Beatles changed me forever.
The Lost Years
Through years of dinking around playing guitar and singing with friends and listening to popular tunes, music still wasn't really something I did but, rather, something I simply consumed, along with alcohol and other stuff. Then, along came Punk Rock and it was OK for moderately talented folks like myself to play music.
Later on, while I was in College, my friend Jim played a 4-track home recorded version of Simon&Garfunkel's "Cecilia" for me with completely different words and re-titled "Sensamelia." Although I had occasionaly composed pretty melodies on the piano, I had not actually written any songs.
Looking for a song
Jim's tune inspired me to start putting words to my melodies. So I began writing songs. I got myself a Tascam 4-Track and a keyboard with cheap voices plus a tinny drum sound and started composing reggae tunes, psychedelic stuff and love songs. I was overly optimistic and, of course, Jim thought I was a genius so I sent a bunch of tunes out to some music publishers. My songs didn't elicit any great response and I got busy doing other things after College. I still kept writing without ambition. My songwriting was slowly getting better, more natural.
At some point I figured the only way to really know if my songs were any good would be to play them for strangers and watch the response. I began to perform my songs at a "songwriters open mic" and get feedback on my work from other writers and their friends. From there I went on to hosting various open mikes in bars and cafes and later to play gigs with different people. I also got a couple of my songs on a compilation CD with various artists. I haven't made much money from songwriting, performing and recording but it's been lots of fun, especially being a songwriter. And as long as it's fun, I'll keep doing it.