Sounds like: Anne Murray and Neil Young had a love child.
From my first guitar, a venerable Yamaha FG-180 sometime around 1968, I rapidly migrated to a strat and the rock music of the day. I rocked out through the mid 70’s (still don’t hear as well out of one ear) and stopped playing music in public for the next few decades. I did however, keep a guitar with 6 strings handy for most of that time.
Fast forward to the early 2000’s when I randomly brought home Dar Williams’ Mortal City from the library CD collection., “Wow, songs have words and can tell stories!”. I entered a small-time talent show,and I was once again hooked on performing. I connected with the Boulder, Colorado folk-rock group Cynova, riffing on the electric guitar over CJ Smyth’s original folk songs. CJ encouraged me to attend my first Rocky Mountain SongSchool in 2011 and I have been captivated with writing and performing original music ever since. This year will be my fourth year attending SongSchool and with a small catalog of originals finally at a "performable" level of done-ness, I can't wait to return! I've been going slightly crazy with open-mic's here in the Boston area, often attending as many as 5 venues in 8 days. I'm still learning something about performing every time I plug in my guitar.
I’ve played, mostly covers, as a solo artist gigs in a local Fort Collins pizza parlor, which taught me how to fill three hours. With Cynova I played various Pride events (Boulder, Fort Collins, Kalispell) and Freedom to Marry rallies. Solo, I was a repeat performer at the local TDOR events. Lately I've also been enjoying the opportunity to play at my UU church.
My life has been “broken open” in many dimensions throughout the last decade, I sometimes I wish I didn't have so much to sing about. I think that my songwriting has matured to the point where not (every) song I write is a seven minute spleen-dump that asks you, the listener, to be my surrogate therapist. I especially enjoy the challenge of writing guitar music that adds substantially to the message and the mood of each song’s subject. I’ll let you be the judge if I’m evolving to that end.
I recently relocated from Northern Colorado to the Boston Area. I’m enthralled with the local music and open mic scene. A lot of what you will hear on this page was recorded live. Others are home studio recordings, another new undertaking, but well aligned with my geeky side. I am gradually building up a catalog of material and hope to get an EP together in the next year.
Thank You's and hugs to everyone in the SongSchool, Northern Colorado and Massachusetts music communities, you continue to feed my soul...