Well, for movies, I like comedy.
Marx Brothers are the best. Saturday Night Live has been awesome.
I like Rootbeer, Beatles, Donuts, Trains, Guitars, Chet Atkins, Pizza,
I'll add more later.
Musical Influences: There are truly so many for me because I like a variety of styles and genres. In the early years
of my playing it was the rock groups of the 1970s. But inthe late 60's I was an avid listener of The Beatles, Three Dog Night,
Carole King, Guess Who, Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel, Elvis and the Beach Boys.
I have always liked the art of writing songs. In the 1970's I was listening to Led Zepplin, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, AC/DC,
Dire Straits, Gerry Raferty, Bob Segar, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and a host of others. I began playing guitar in the mid-1970s.
In 1980 I was introduced to classical music and started to listen to more especially when I studied music at the University
of Nevada Las Vegas. I enjoyed listening to J.S. Bach, Tchaikowsky, Barber, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Hindemith, Schoenberg,
Debussy, Ravel, and the list goes on and on. At this time I was heavily steeped in Classical Guitar compositions too. So I
learned masterpieces from many of the great guitar masters. Composers such as, Tarrega, Coste, Barrios, Sor, Moreno
Torroba, Guiliani, Scarlatti, and more. It was not until the late 1990's that I discovered the guitar wizardry of Chet
Atkins. His style along with Jerry Reed have been a major influence on my guitar playing. As a result, this music project
called, "Take a Bite Out of Life". has many tunes in which you can hear the finger-picking influence. Such songs as
"Pretty Picture, "I Thank You All", "Bungled Bank Robbery", and the title track, "Take a Bite Out of Life." There
are others too. Anyway, the influences have been like one big great melting pot. I think we as musicians take it all in and
mix all those influences together and come up with something different.
1969 1st musical experience at school playing a flute-like horn.
1975 First guitar, Yamaha Acoustic, still have it. Guitar lessons begin.
1978 First electric guitar called an "Electra" semi hollow body type.
1979 First band, won 1st place in state contest for performance of "Hard Luck Woman" by Kiss. In solo category I placed
second with "Alley Cat".
1979 Began teaching guitar at age sixteen.
1980 Joined a band called the Western Wranglers until 1981.
1981 Performed at Highschool Concert my Graduation year.
1984 In Vegas since 81 and played with a Band called A-Century
1985-1991 Music studies at University of Nevada Las Vegas.
1986 Studying Classical Guitar, performances through the years to present.
1989 Form a new Band with brothers Kevin and Gary, called "The World"
1990-1993 Performing gigs and some recording with The World. Benefits, Radio station interviews and clubs.
1994-1997 Form a new band called "Deja Vu", doing classic rock covers. Performing at various casinos, weddings and parties.
1997- Moved back home to Illinois. Occassional acoustic/classical guitar performances, weddings, dining, special occassions
1996-2005 Teaching Guitar, recording, classical guitar performances.
2001 "Cherry Sunset" recording completed after three years.
2002 "Bungled Bank Robbery" a song i had written gets selected for a CD project called "Crossing Paths". An ensemble
cast of fine local musicians.
2006 "Take a Bite Out of Life" recording completed after four years.
My goal now is to promote this recent project and get back to performing more!