Born Ft. Worth, TX, 1952. My father was a country/western fan, playing guitar and harmonica, and my mother was a classically trained pianist. At age 4, the family moved to Decatur, AL. I was active in church and school music choirs and programs, but it was seeing HARD DAYS NIGHT at age 13 that really motivated me to perform. I bought a Farfisa organ and amp (dropping drum lessons), learned radio hits by ear and joined my first Top-40 band. I wrote my first bad song at age 15. I played in bands all through high school, absorbing what I could of pop, r&b, soul and country. In the summer after high school graduation, my current band recorded two originals, one I co-wrote, and this recording was played on some stations in North Alabama.
After 2 years as a math/physics major at the U. of AL, I decided to study music. But I didn’t read music. After some prep work, I was admitted to freshman courses in theory, piano lessons and music history. I didn’t know where this was leading, but four years later I graduated with a degree in Music Composition and Theory. Along the way, I’d learn jazz from a great instructor, playing piano in a 21-piece stage band. In addition to piano, I also studied viola for 3.5 years, playing in the university orchestra. I then completed a Master in Composition at the Univ of Illinois, teaching during the summers at The National Music Camp, Interlochen, MI. When plans to teach proved elusive, I moved to NYC, working in finance, eventually becoming a risk manager and auditor. Now armed with the formidable powers of an iMac studio, I can bring my musical ideas to life.
Given my comprehensive education and experience, I draw inspiration from the broad spectrum of great music. As such, my creative endeavors are given purpose and direction by drawing from the idiomatic influences, be they Debussey or Metheny, Bach or The Beatles, Stravinsky or Coldplay.. I have a great melodic and lyrical gift, which I often place primary in a work's structure.