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play lo-fi play hi-fi  When Ya Comin' Home?
play lo-fi play hi-fi  Every Time
play lo-fi play hi-fi  Spaceship for Lovers
play lo-fi play hi-fi  See What Love Can Bring
play lo-fi play hi-fi  A Life Worth Living Now
play lo-fi play hi-fi  Oh Sariah
play lo-fi play hi-fi  The Conversation
play lo-fi play hi-fi  Welcome Back to the Blues
play lo-fi play hi-fi  The Expansion Song
play lo-fi play hi-fi  I'm Ready to Receive
I have been playing and writing songs for more years than most of you have been alive. I started classical piano when I was 8, 12-string guitar when I was ten, and wrote my first song when I was 16. I am largely self-taught, but have benefitted greatly from the many bands I've played with over the years. I've also been an avid listener of music, and sought to incorporate many different styles into my songwriting.

As you will hear, my songs reflect the fact that I've been many places and done many things other than just play music. They have, in the original sense of the word, character.
Why this name?
Well, it's my name.
Do you play live?
I have been the keyboardist for the Boise Blues Society, and sat in with a number of good blues bands. I've also played solo with guitar and piano, and plan to be doing so again in the Oklahoma City area. And, yes, I love it. Special moments? A dance floor full of people at a native American wedding outside of Edmund, Oklahoma. A group of people singing my songs at the top of their voices.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Certainly it opens up the industry to lots of new music and new artists. It also has lowered the standards of professionalism, a trend that began with rock-n-roll and Hank Williams, et al. There are many more musicians now, and musicianship is exceeding everyone's expectations. mp3 has been the great equalizer, closing the gap between those who make it, and those who don't. It has increased the number of music jobs, the careers in music, and the audience as a percentage of the total population. All that is good, and if professionalism has suffered because of the entrance of so many amateurs, competition in a free market always weans out the not-so-serious.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
It would depend on their track record for promoting new artists, their success in getting songs recorded by up-and-coming artists, and any history of legal difficulties with other artists. I still believe it's possible to be a commercial songwriter, as my age is a major obstacle to being signed as an artist to be promoted. But, my age is also an advantage, in that I have been prolific, my songs have been consistently meaningful and melodic, and I'm well able to continue in the work that I've been doing for a long time.
Your influences?
John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, the Beatles, the BeeGees, Ambrosia, Neil Young, the Allman Brothers, Lynrd Skynrd, Jim Croce, the Carpenters, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, etc. Pink Floyd, Led Zep, ELO, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton. Basically, music that got radio play, 'cause those were the songs I wanted to play.
Favorite spot?
Oklahoma City
Equipment used:
12-String Takamine, Performance Keyboards, Hammond B-3 with Leslie
Anything else...?
Music greases the gears to the mechanism of life.
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