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I am a predominately Irish euro-mutt and I was born into a musical family. I have been told that we are distantly related to Johannes Brahms (the 19th century Austrian composer). My mom (the Irish side of the family) taught piano and had a children’s choir for years. My dad and my sisters played and sang in church, something I don’t remember ever doing. I was the Contrarian (the 13th sign of my personal zodiac) who wanted to rock and roll.
Growing up we had a Yamaha baby grand piano and a Hammond church organ in the house, even a Lyon and Healy concert harp. How my mom and dad afforded these extravagant instruments I never knew. We were middle class, just like everybody else.
I started playing guitar when I was 9; I found my first band when I was 13 (Abstractive Convictions Limited and no I didn’t name it). We played Teen Club dances and a dreadfully bizarre community theater gig. I was terrified each and every minute.
I have degrees in Philosophy and English and I am a certified Audio Engineer.
I have, at times, played and studied lute and classical guitar. I was fortunate enough to play with and learn from Bill Bittner, a brilliant jazz guitarist who had been a contemporary of Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel. I have built a few dulcimers and I play that, too.
I am a writer of songs and stories.
I am an avid and eclectic reader.
I am an active outdoorsman who is probably happiest trekking in a wilderness.
I own a modest recording studio called House of Ideas and try to be the best producer and creative soul that I can be.
I have a wonderful 23 year old son and I am in a loving, admittedly schmoopy relationship.