Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Being asked to join a band when I was a freshman in high school. All the guys were older and were great mentors.
Hearing my band perform my songs for the first time. I was highly motivated to continue writing and performing.
Traveling, touring, meeting musicians from all over the world.
Getting sober in 1988. Walking away from the "party" life of a working musician.
Going back to school as an adult. It was frustrating but completely exhilarating. I didn't know how hungry I was to learn about my craft, to study, to share knowledge with others, to be teachable.
Moving to Hawaii and taking a one year sabbatical. Giving myself a year of rest and study.
Keep following my journey

Education

GED
Bachelor
Professional Musician Program
Portland Community College
Certification/License
Composing & Arranging Program
Grove School of Music
Vocational
Piano Performance/Music Business Mgt.
Berklee College of Music
Bachelor
History of Western Music
Harvard University

Career

Songwriter/Producer

I'm retired from daily work, but I still spend time writing music and collaborating with other musicians online.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Technology
Being Creative

Day to Day

Practice your craft every day, no matter what. I have to dedicate time every day to practice my instrument, write, meditate, and be available to be of service to those about me.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Ask questions and be willing to listen to the advice of others without losing your true self. Find those that have what you want (i.e. integrity, honesty, willingness, etc.) and stick with them. Surround yourself with winners.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Professional Musician Program
certification
Certification/License
Composing & Arranging Program
certification
Vocational
Piano Performance/Music Business Mgt.
undergrad
Bachelor
History of Western Music

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You can't make a living as a musician."

Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction
Financial