When did you first know where you wanted to become a musical artist?
Well I guess the original vision started younger but I think I was about 13 when I realized show business was what I want in my life to be built around. I played music all through high school and college while at the same time studying theater.
What’s the first song you ever wrote?
I really don’t remember the name of the first song but when I do remember that was from early on was called “Good Time Lady” and it was kind of a blues-based R&B tune.
Some of my top five musical influences are:
George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, And all of the Brill Building songwriters from the late 50s and early 60s.
Who’s in my iPod this week?
Well I don’t have an iPod anymore but I do check Spotify‘s release radar every week to see what’s new, what’s coming out and I listen to John Moreland, Paul Thorn, i’ve had there goes Raymond Simon by Paul Simon on repeat of late.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
I’m in Los Angeles and the scene here is decent, I wouldn’t say it’s great and I wouldn’t say it’s bad. There are more than a few places for live music but this was before the pandemic and I’m curious to see how some of the smaller clubs do with re-opening.
What do you like most about playing live?
Well naturally, it’s the spontaneity of the moment. The attempt to create magic for an audience on the spot, to create an emotion, to get a reaction, to tell a story. It’s so immediate that’s what I love about it
Is there a song on your latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite and why?
This is a very difficult question to answer. You know I wrote seven songs on this new CD. I take my song writing seriously. I put time and effort and soul into creating the lyrics and the melodies and if I didn’t love it I wouldn’t have put it on the record. So it’s hard for me to choose one as my particular favorite but, since the record is called Ode to a Nightingale let’s choose that one as my favorite. And why because I love the imagery of a nightingale. A bird that’s not particularly pretty, that comes alive in the darkness singing beautiful melodies throughout the night. This concept so intrigued me that it caused me to write this song. A song of hope and light coming out of the darkness.
What’s the best concert you’ve been to?
Bruce Springsteen mid-seventies at The Bottom Line in New York City. However recently I saw Kanye and he was amazing.
If you could meet play a gig co/write a song have dinner have a drink with any band or artist Dead or Alive who would it be?
What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future are to spread as much light as I can and become a popstar by the time I’m 100.