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The Wandering Endorphin is the musical alter ego of Chicago native Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Jim Green. Not bound by the usual sonic possibilities of the acoustic guitar, Green creates enchanting to percussively driven soundscapes in a fresh and compelling way. Deciding that the well-worn paths that other musicians adhere to were not the proper routes for his own creativity, he draws forth percussive rhythms, harmonics, and double pull-offs with a piano-like approach that often sounds like one more guitar than is actually playing. This is all done in real time with no sampling or looping devices to be found. The result is not only musical but visually stimulating.
Green's driving perfectionism to his music has gained him the attention of the Editors at Billboard Magazine who named him "One of the best independent artists in the Midwest". He has received airplay on radio stations across the country, including National Public Radio (NPR) and Chicago's very own 93XRT. Songs can also be heard on several internet radio stations such as xsgritaradio.com. This particular station's listeners voted Green's song *Firefly* as one of the Best 100 songs of the year.
Although this former Chicago street musician has won the title of "Guitar Idol 2004" and has gained much interest for his unusual percussive playing style, he considers himself a songwriter first, a guitarist second. Because of this he is often heard quoting his biggest musical influence, Michael Hedges, who said, "I'm not trying to play the guitar. I'm trying to play music. That's the difference right there."