I'm a professional musician (electric and acoustic guitar), guitar instructor, composer, husband, Dad, & Grandpa. I'm influenced by many styles of music and have played many. My main area of study is jazz, but there’s a bit of rock and Blues influence in my playing. I consider myself an average player since there are so many really great musicians out there today. Originally from NY, then Los Angeles, then Tampa, and now residing in Atlanta, GA. I've played professionally since I was 16 in many bands in several musical genres as well as solo performance. My musical pursuits had taken me from East coast to West Coast and back again. I have had many band projects over the years performing top 40, rock, prog rock, blues, Latin-jazz, fusion, country, gospel/contemporary Christian and more recently worked with a jazz trio. I've also participated in the musical ministry of my local church for 25 years. My musical influences are all over the map. For overt 30 years I've been teaching guitar professionally (between 50 - 60 students per week) while also holding down a career in corporate America. I don't perform much lately, primarily because of a very busy guitar instruction schedule and a substantial waiting list of students. Instead of performing, these last few years I've enjoyed writing, arranging and recording my own musical ideas and collaborating with other musicians as a creative outlet.
Above everything, I see it as a gift from God to bless others. it’s my passion, it’s paid me well for years and helped me provide for my family (from the standpoint of performing and teaching music professionally), it’s been a strong part of my life since I was a child.
Already lived it and am living it. It’s been a profession for many years and had helped support me and my family. And I'm looking forward to continue doing more of it in my retirement years.
In one word, Jesus! I would love to see people mutually respect each other and getting back to the "Golden rule" taught by Jesus.
Too many to name.
Too many to name in multiple genres.
2 things mostly: the beauty of God’s creation (I’m a sucker for a beautiful sunset) and the depths of God’s grace.
Share the thoughts I had when I write and give hope to brighten another's life.
Nervous on the first tune and adrenaline run afterwards.
It’s a brave new world. Making a living as a musician is something that takes a lot of work but the reality of "getting known" internationally is a feat. It's not something I care to aspire to these days, at least not like I did in my younger years. I think if we find the reason and meaning of our gift and pursue that, we'll find it much more fulfilling and impactful than chasing "the dream". The digital reality of today is much different than the industry was years ago. But it does offer some new and different opportunities for our gift to be employed.
I absolutely LOVE it!
The music industry seems obsessed with producing clones as opposed to celebrating the uniqueness of different artists.
Occasionally showing up at their local gigs.
Excellence, a signature sound/style and the ability to relate to their niche’s audience.
Jacob Collier is an amazing genius.