If you looked up this website, it probably means you heard my music somewhere and you liked it. Thank you! I've done a lot of things musically and am lucky enough to have a lot of people listening to my music through different services, which is wonderful. So, I'm not going to bore you hear by writing out my musical resume. If you're reading this, you probably already like the music, so I'll tell you a little bit about the person behind the guitar(s)!
I have been playing guitar for a lot longer than I have not been playing guitar. I think I stopped counting how long I've been playing guitar after that number reached 30 years. I play pretty much strictly acoustic guitar, which is a big surprise to me since I grew up listening to mostly Punk Rock and Heavy Metal. I've released a whole bunch of albums at this point, I lost track after the 10th one. I live in Colorado and have recorded most of my albums with Chadzilla at his great studio in Denver. I've played many, many gigs although I've slowed down quite a bit with that to really focus on recording for a while.
I tried for years to play in bands and that's really what I wanted to do, but it never really worked very well, probably due to my personality - I'm a bit of a control freak and I take music very, very seriously. Plus, I spent a lot of time by myself as a kid and I think it kind of set my personality to be very good at working alone. Actually, which came first? Did I become a "solo artist" because I spent so much time alone or was my personality already set to prefer working alone so I just gravitated towards that? I don't know, but it has seemed to be much more impactful for me to play solo guitar as opposed to being a member of a band. Which, as I said, was not my choice! Being in a band is very cool and members of bands are seen as the really cool people. I really wanted to be cool like that, but it just never seemed to work out.
I struggled for years in bands that I put my all into but just went nowhere. Meanwhile, I was booked for solo guitar gigs all the time and those were always successful. For some reason, I couldn't or wouldn't see the path that was naturally opening up for me. I have spent a lot of time fighting with Fate in my life, but I do believe that there is a path that is sort of set, at least for me. Once I stopped resisting the solo guitar path, music stopped being a struggle and has been really productive and great ever since.
When I compose music, my primary tool is pencil and paper. I sit and work things out on the guitar and then I notate songs so I don't forget them. At least 50% of the songs I write are not very good, 25% are o.k. and the last 25% are good enough to perform or record. But, without that 75% failure rate, the successes never happen, at least for me.
I have a very emotional or spiritual connection to music. I'm not sure those are the right terms to describe it, but it certainly isn't a completely intellectual process. It's sort of like tuning into a song that already exists in space or something and notating it. I think that's how Bach felt about composing. I'm not comparing myself to Bach by the way, but I do believe he felt that his songs already existed somehow and he just tuned into them and wrote them down.
Those are the good ones. When I force the songs, or write a song to show off how fast I can play, those generally aren't any good. But, I still write some of those as well. You have to show off a little every now and then. In my experience, those types of songs are more visual than aural. People like to see me play those show offy songs live but the more gentle, classical type songs are more popular with pure listeners.
This is a really rambling bio isn't it? Anyway, it's hard for me to describe my life with music because it's been such a big part of my life for so long. I'm not really famous for it, but I receive the most amazing emails and comments from people how have enjoyed my music. Here are some of my favorites - these aren't direct quotes but just summaries of some of the comments that are just amazing to me.
"We played your song, The Summer That Never Quite Ended in the delivery room while my wife was giving birth to our daughter."
"Your song, Lullaby sounds like approaching death, but in a really nice way."
That's so amazing, I receive those types of messages regularly and it is so amazing. I know in my heart that the music that inspires people like that could not come just from me and my mind. I don't understand it, but somehow I do believe that music and all creativity that touches people somehow exists or is produced by Something else. Composing is just learning to play an instrument, learning some music theory so you have a language to interpret, and then opening yourself up to what's already out there or in there. That sounds very spiritual I guess. Composing is a lot of work too, but the really good songs do seem to come from somewhere besides my mind.
Anyway, thank you again for listening to my music and thank you for looking up this website! If you enjoy long, rambling writings like this, you might enjoy my blog on this webpage. I don't use Facebook very much, if at all. I don't know why, but I never really got into that. But I put my ideas into the blog on this webpage and I reply to as many YouTube comments as I can on my YouTube channel.