Since leaving academia, I built a home studio (photographed on this page) and spend time writing and recording. I have a large backlog of songs, but the ones I've posted on this site (and will continue to add to) provide a decent sampling of the range of my original work. All songs are copywrited by me and published by my publishing company, Leprechaun Club Music (ASCAP).
During work on my Bachelor's degree from Kent State, I wrote original music to several plays including Moliere's "The Miser," and Bertolt Brecht's "The Good Woman of Setzuan" and "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui." I also went to Oberlin College and Conservatory where I got to study with the composer John Cage, who was in residence one semester. While at Oberlin, I wrote music for two other plays: "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes, and "No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre.
After college, I moved to Los Angeles, where I eventually produced and directed the painter Pablo Picasso's two plays ("Desire Caught By The Tail" and "The Four Little Girls"), writing music for the latter. For a short while I worked as Artistic Coordinator for the Anheuser-Busch Entertainment Corporation and wrote original music for several of their concerns: a panda exhibition, an Australian exhibition, and a Moroccan belly dance show. While at Busch, I played in a couple bands, then went back to Kent State for my Master's degree. From Kent, I went to the University of Washington in Seattle to get my Ph.D. That work was during the beginning of "Grunge." For some reason, I always used to pass the members of Soundgarden walking from my son's day care to the University, my schedule coinciding with their rehearsal schedule. As you can imagine, the music scene there at that time was amazing.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio. Winter. As a present when I was in 1rst Grade, I received a Silvertone 6-string electric guitar -- black with silver speckles, rosewood neck, and twin lipstick pickups. The case had a built-in amplifier. My record collection at that stage was Beatles, Dave Clark Five, Lovin' Spoonful, and all my parents' '45s of 1950's rock and roll. I also listened to the radio a lot. I had a job in high school which enabled me to buy an acoustic 12-string and a Fender Stratocaster. I taught myself to play guitar, then piano, and learned music theory. I played in a variety of garage bands, duos, trios, etc., mostly focused on original compositions.