My passion for the guitar began at a young age. I can remember the first song I learned to play was the theme to “The Beverly Hillbillies” using a steel slide. When I was 8 years old I got my first guitar and amplifier. I taught myself to play chords, but little else. When I turned 21 I became more serious about learning to play, improving my technique and understanding music theory.
Over the years I have been the lead guitarist in a variety of local bands playing classic rock, blues, and country music. Being in such bands also provided me with the opportunity to write and perform original music.
I have had many musical influences in my life including: Motown artists, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Steppenwolf, The Who, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, BTO, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Foghat, and Lyrnyrd Skynyrd as well as blues and jazz fusion artists.
In addition to performing I am a teacher. I teach guitar, bass, beginning banjo and mandolin at a local music store as well as in the private school setting. As a teacher it is always my hope that a student will go out into the world with a broader sense of what it means to be a musician and not just a guitarist.
Kathy and I began collaborating on music in 2008 when she started taking guitar lessons. Initially I took on the role of “mentor”, providing advice about structure on the songs she was writing and sharing during her lessons. That role gradually transitioned and we became writing partners as a means to express and share with the world our creative ideas.
In addition to being a board-certified Music Therapist, I am a singer-songwriter. I began writing songs after graduating from college. For me it began as a way to express my thoughts and feelings, for my own therapeutic purpose. I have dabbled in composing at various times in my life, but it wasn’t until recently that my passion for songwriting was re-ignited.
As a music therapist I use the guitar in my clinical work. A few years ago I started taking guitar lessons as a means of improving and sharpening my skills. My guitar teacher became my writing partner. We have been writing music together since 2008 and we created this blog as a way to begin sharing our songwriting journey and our music with the world.