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I started playing guitar at the age of 12. When I was about 17, I switched over to playing bass and joined a rock band. I played in a couple different bands. Things got more serious a couple of years later when I started playing with a band called Ice 9 (a 3 piece band with Andrew Creighton and Ed Laporte). We played parties, high schools, festivals, halls and even bars. However, the focus was never original material, although we did play some original stuff but we were primarily a cover band.
When I was 25, I quit playing music for various reasons altogether. In fact, within a couple of years, one way or another I lost all my instruments. For the first few years I still had an acoustic guitar, and I would sometimes sing a couple songs I wrote to my baby son Chad. In time though, I completely lost touch with music altogether.
By the time I was 40, I had been completely disengaged from music for almost 15 years. It was my son Chad (15 at the time) who finally helped me realize my dream. Chad pestered me to reconnect with music. In fact, he wouldn't stop badgering me. He could recall me singing those few songs I wrote when he was only an infant. He could even recite the melodies. I was trying to teach him about life, but he was teaching me. I remember thinking, how can I expect or encourage my son to pursue his dreams when I could not pursue my own. Other than a couple of songs, I never really wrote music, I did a little, but I never tapped into it. However, my son believed I had the ability to write. From that day forward, I reconnected with music and began to write. Anyways, I would like to thank my parents Elizabeth and Potito for pushing the guitar on me when I was only 12. But most of all, I want to thank my son Chad.