Can you tell me when you first took an interest in music? What inspired you, and how did you begin creating your own music?
As a youngster, I listened to a lot of radio, especially R&B and Rock and Roll. It wasn’t long before I started singing Doo-Wop in high school. I didn’t really start writing my own music until much later … post Woodstock. I was very influenced by Richie Havens and of course the Beatles. But sonically I liked the melodies of early rock—Carole King-Goffin, Chuck Berry…energetically, and pure entertainment—Little Richard.
How would you describe your music?
Happy energy filled vignettes of love.
How often do you write new material? And where does your inspiration come from?
I write daily. My ideas come from observation and reading. I am an avid reader and dedicated people watcher. I also teach at college and grad school levels, so many ideas emerge from those social exchanges.
What subjects do you most enjoy writing songs about?
I like the classic boy meets girl themes; yet, I have no difficulties with harder edged social commentary.
What draws you to those subjects?
Almost everyone likes to hear a story of new love, romance or make up after break up happy endings. I know I do. The world for all of its craziness is a beautiful place. We are all one. Music brings us all together in some way.
How long does it take to create a new song and what is the process?
My process is simple. I almost always start writing a tune once I get the first line. How long it takes depends on how rich the ensuing imagery is created in my head. The bulk of most of my songs are written in an hour. Some have taken years to get the feeling and imagery just right. It is a dedicated process and not as easy as one might think.
You have chosen Strange Voo Doo for readers to listen to. Can you tell me what inspired that song and what it means to you?
Strange Voo Doo is about self–discovery. It is the coming face to face with the past choices one has made and how those choices have led to certain consequences. Discovering self-love is freedom from convention. In the bridge of the tune the singer realizes that self-discovery has freed him from those self-imposed trappings. The body/verses of the tune deal with shame, religion and self-destructive behaviors. The bridge is an a-ha moment and salvation.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
Last year I wrote two legs of a trilogy, Release Yourself and I Like It Like That. I am presently in the studio recording the basic tracks to the final leg – as yet untitled – of the trilogy
What are your plans for the future?
I write, perform, and teach by design. I regularly tell my students that they must design their lives or someone will design it for them.
Where can people find out more about you?