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I began writing songs at the age of 7. I performed my compositions, all A cappella, with a group of second graders on the playground of my elementary school. I became fascinated with guitar after watching KISS on the Midnight Special. I was so completely blown away that I ordered my first electric guitar and amp from the JC Penney catalog and tried desperately to learn how to play. I struggled with little or no success and then I saw Gordon Lightfoot perform on a PBS special. He was playing a 12 string guitar and I was so enamored that I mowed lawns, did odd jobs around the house, sold everything of value at a garage sale and finally plucked down $175.00 for a Ventura 12 string acoustic guitar. I bought music books, chord charts and couldn’t really get the hang of it. I decided to try and make up my own chords. I developed a finger picking style and began my songwriting journey. My first performance was at an 8th grade talent show. I performed an original song called à cette époque.
I decided to play bass after hearing Eddie Van Halen. I couldn’t play a G7 chord let alone what he was doing! I thought this is nuts! Also a group of friends wanted to form a band and every one of them played guitar. They needed a bassist. Since they were all much bigger than me I thought it healthier to become the bass player. I excelled! I absolutely loved the instrument. I began playing bass professionally at the age of 14. It was difficult to play certain venues because I was not old enough. My mother had to sit in the audience so that I could perform. As a result, playing music helped pay my way through college and kept me out of trouble. I’ve been very fortunate to play in different parts of the country, with outstanding musicians and I have absolutely loved every minute of it.
No matter what path I chose to lead after college I was always drawn back to music and songwriting. I finally had to accept that they are my passion, my lifeblood. Unfortunately, until recently, I lacked the necessary confidence and thick skin. I, in the past, would gain enough strength to submit material, but, because of rejection, I would quickly become discouraged and began to deny what I was born to do. I would pursue other ventures and ignore my calling.
With the encouragement of a wonderful woman and dear friends, I have chosen to pursue my dream 100% with tenacity and ferocity. I am a songwriter and that feels incredible!