Aw, I'll tell you later.
In high school Charlie Brown, an accordionist from the poor side of town who was in the Musician's Union, took me under his wing as a rhythm guitarist and we played dozens of gigs
for the Elks Club, wedding receptions, and other local venues in places around Monterey, California - finally at a battle-of-the-bands in Santa Cruz. We didn't win.
In college, where I studied electronic music, I took a class from John Cage, the revolutionary composer who changed my attitudes and perception of music. After college
I composed sound tracks for a San Francisco experimental theatre company as a night gig. Then I moved East and floundered around a while, finally
meeting my spouse and moving to Takoma Park, MD. Now we live in Silver Spring.
I taught for several years. Once in Suitland, Maryland at a Catholic girls school, where most of the kids were Black and the bosses were nuns. Then in a snooty private
school in Potomac. We didn't see eye to eye. Then in an 'about to fail' little private school in Takoma Park. Finally I'd had it and
started a tech company in the basement. I sold that to the employees after some years. Then I built a small office building with a recording
studio (Asparagus Media) in that basement, where I spent time with the proprietor - Steve Steckler - and recorded 'Karma Casino' with a great, broad, cross-section
of musicians from my past, present and future. Most of the lyrics for those songs
were collaborations with my friend Reid Baron, a poet and writer.
We brought up our family in Takoma Park. Eventually I served on the City Council for two terms, 'til I realized that I'm too fidgety to
sit through the meetings.
Earlier, in 2001, Karen Taylor and I co-founded TakomaZone, a wondrous collective of about 15 musicians. We had an every-Saturday gig at a local cafe for seven years, and we covered about every genre
you can think of. Many recordings/CDs and performances sprung from that time.
Now is a new phase. Let's develop a new 'genre' where truth and community and humor and love are clearly spoken in song.