I started writing poetry at a very early age. Many of these poems became songs as I taught myself the guitar to the delight of my mother who insisted I bring the guitar on family camping trips so we could sing around the campfire. I played drums as well, and in rock bands since 13 yo. My first band was "The Essence of Time," what with a change of personnel now and then, lasted on into high school with me switching from drums to guitar. Moving from the LA area to the San Diego area, I one back to drums for a while until two other guitarist joined me and created an acoustic/harmony group playing and being influenced by CSN&Y, Eagles, Beach Boys, Loggins & Messina, and other groups that had great vocal harmonies. I learned the banjo and harmonica and with another friend created "TransAtlantic Pomegranate," a comedy music duo which later morphed into Tom Foolery and the Fun Bunch, writing funny songs and, like Al Yankovic, parodied a few songs. Going solo and being influenced by my spiritual side, I assumed the name of Tomo, an affectionate term my father would call me, and wrote the songs that would appear on the album, "The Carpenter." I moved to Missouri 3 years ago but haven't had the chance to meet other musicians who wanted to just do acoustical music and harmonize. So I've been working on my book writing and have a few on Kindle under T H Ferraro, and my photography under Tomas Howe.
An opportunity for self expression through the music itself plus lyric writing. It gives me the opportunity to share with others my beliefs and ideas.
To do this professionally while I entertain the masses
Traffic. Too much and you can't get anywhere. More planes, trains and subways.
Define childhood. The first song I heard on a pop station was You Were On My Mind.
Eagles thru Hotel California, Doobie Bros (The Captain and Me), Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, more...
Relationships, comical situations...
Depends on the song and album.
Great. A chance to improve my skills as a writer, producer and marketer. Is that a word?