This is what happens to old folkies......I started out jotting down words and chords on a napkin at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. Then, a scant forty years or so pass, and I'm jotting down stuff on a website. Like the old saw, the more things change, the more they stay the same. These days I'm back to my roots in the
My work history is about as diverse as the geography of the places I've called home. My first job was helping my Uncle Frank on the family farm in Waterloo, NY where I grew up. During those ivy covered college days at Saint Lawrence University
After graduation from college, I thumbed my nose at the "draft" and joined the Navy to become an officer and Naval Aviator. I navigated the arduous flight training pipeline and proudly gained my wings of gold. As a US Naval Aviator, I got to fly the hot jet fighters of the day, and was actually paid to do it! During flight training, I met a couple of other fledgling pilots who were pickers without portfolio, and we played at a beach bar in
Those were wonderful years. I had the privilege and pleasure to play with some of the best musicians I've ever met. I played apres ski in the base lodge at Aspen Highlands when it was still owned by its maverick founder, Whipple Van Ness, "Whip" Jones. The
Life flowed along as it does, and until the nineties, my involvement in music stuff was pretty minimal. Then at a jam in Wilmington, NC, I met Teachey, an extraordinary musician who was looking for someone with similar musical taste to write songs for a planned CD. This chance meeting begat a business partnership composing and recording personalized children's songs. We did all the work in Mark's Windwood Productions studio for our company, StarCatcher Music, which we eventually sold to KidMusic, a very successful firm who markets our songs about Fun Jobs (Imagine Me) and Birthday parties and the Santa Message. Along the way, Mark and I became best friends as well as co-writers. My passion to write and play music is stronger than ever. My hope in putting this website together is that it will expand my musical horizons and my network of musical friends.
Playing folk music in Canandaigua
Some of my musical friends can be found on the web, though of course many are in the witness protection program. I hope you will go to the Links page for a look and a listen to some of the nicest people and best musicians that I know.