Jonathan Segel started playing guitar when he was about 7 years old. At about 10 he had a crush on a girl who played violin, so he thought he'd try that too.
Unfortunately he sucked at it.
That did not stop him, however, from later playing the violin in rock bands when everybody else just played guitar. Sometime around 1983 (!) while carrying a violin across the quad at Porter College at UC Santa Cruz, he was approached by some kids who had moved their band up from Redlands, CA. This turned out to be Camper Van Beethoven and the Border Patrol.
Well, what we didn't know is that this association was apparently for life, as Camper Van Beethoven has now made records/CDs for the past 23 or so years, and is still playing. In fact, starting a new record this fall.
Through all the ups and downs of that band,Jonathan has continued to make his own records (../CDs/tapes/whatever... nearly 20 of them so far!) in a variety of genres ranging from guitar-based rock music to way-avant-garde electronic music and many places in between. In 2008 he finished a very guitar-based CD, "Honey" which is available in a limited edition of 400 hand-screened covers.
(Check CDBaby or iTunes, for example.)
2012 saw a new album, "All Attractions" with more great songs, which came with a bonus disc, "Apricot Jam", a set of jam sessions from the recording of the "All Attractions" record.