You know when you start singing in a choir for fun or watch American Idol and say “if only…” Well shoot! I… IF ONLY-ED! I’ve sung my whole life, like so many people, but I sung in front of strangers AAAND they didn’t throw anything at me. They actually didn’t mind a giant kid bellowing songs in their ears! Who woulda thunk it?
Music has always been in my family, but I was the first to pursue it in any professional Manner. I have a giant-jovial family. The “giant” I’m talking about is my dad is 6’5”, Brother 6’3” and sister over six foot…and I’m taller than all of them. If there aren’t smiles on their faces they can come off as an intimidating mob! Mom would always have smooth jazz in the house and Dad would come in every evening after work screaming a song from the 60’s or 70’s at full blast to let us all know he was home.
I’ve been in some sort of musical group since I was in 5th grade but never really took it seriously until my high school senior year musical. I was a Greek awkward giant playing a Russian with a gray beard glued to my face, singing the last notes of Fiddler on the Roof and getting a standing-ovation….I was hooked! Now people recognized me for my music instead of just a colossal kid from class.
From there on I looked at music differently…something I wanted to be closer to… something that set me apart besides my physic. Listening and mimicking wasn’t good enough…I needed to explain my feelings in the music I made.
Fast forward through getting a music degree in college, being in numerous musical groups, working with ESPN Radio, a myriad of theme song/commercial/movie jingles and a couple reality television experiences including a brief sighting on American Idol keeps fueling that rush as a musician even if it gets difficult along the way.
I feel that attaching myself to family and friends that supported this musical journey was the catalyst I needed to release and guide creativity. But perhaps even more importantly, is YOU, the listener, that makes all of it matter!
I look forward to many more sometimes-hard, sometimes ugly, always worthwhile experiences along this musical journey. Here’s to hoping that you are part of that journey.
If you’d like to hear the most recent milestone of this journey, click here to listen to my most recent album, ‘Now Love.’
Thank you for being a listener and for making it all matter.