I was born at a very young age, and have continued to grow older at the rate of one day per day. During the ensuing 71 years, I have attained a level of maturity ranging from 5 to 80 years, depending on the situation, mostly skewing toward the former.
My earliest musical experiences were from my mother. As such, instead of learning Baa Baa Black Sheep, and the Alphabet Song, I learned snippets of Gilbert & Sullivan.
As a teenager, I marveled at the lyrics of Bob Dylan, and ached with the lyrics of Paul Simon, but when I heard Tom Paxton, I remember thinking, “Hey! Maybe I can write songs, too.” From Paxton, I learned that love songs are beautiful things, but songs that make you think, that make you want to take action, are even better. And the best way to get people to listen, is to make them smile --- or maybe even laugh out loud. Then, when you get serious, they’re likely to continue listening.
I consider Paxton to be my mentor, but my sometimes muse and always enabler, is my wife of almost 44 years, Jean.
I consider myself to be, first and foremost, a singer/songwriter. I am not a great instrumentalist, but I can accompany myself on banjo, guitar and ukulele.
On a daily basis, I take pleasure in the life trip that has brought me to Rochester, and to Golden Link. Thanks to each of you who have shared, are currently sharing, or will share this wonderful journey with me.