Music has always been a big part of my life. It all started with my dad, who used to wake me up blaring his “rock and roll” records. Listening to Bruce Springsteen cranked up to “11” was really a great way to start the day. As I grew up, I took my dad’s love of rock and found a road of my own. I still loved his music, from Arlo Guthrie to The Doors, but I also gained a respect for bands like the Violent Femmes and NoFx. I ended up getting a guitar for Christmas (I believe I was younger than 10), and I started to write my own songs. My guitar and singing were almost never in tune, but I loved it. It was such a release for me. It didn’t matter what anyone thought, because I wasn’t writing songs for anyone else, I was always writing them for me. I always tried to focus on the lyrics because I felt like I had something to say (even if no one was listening). The more songs I wrote, the more I started to gain respect for songwriters like Daniel Johnston, Bob Dylan, Lennon/McCartney, and Kurt Cobain.
I am now a middle school teacher and a father of two. After 25 years of writing music, I have decided that it is time to try to get my music out there. I want to show my children (and my students), that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Keep on rocking!