I started playing piano when I was six years old. The first piano I ever played was one my parents recovered from a one-room schoolhouse in East Elmore, Vermont, about 10 miles east of Stowe, that closed in the early 1960s. It would be the piano I would play throughout my entire childhood.
I played piano more than anything else I can remember growing up. What started out as a childhood medley of “Heart and Soul,” “Linus and Lucy,” “Pink Panther” and “Nadia’s Theme” grew into a musical outlet for me to convey my thoughts and emotions in a way words could never express.
We moved to Western New York in the late 1970s, against my wishes. Piano would soon become a much more important part of my life as I struggled to make close friendships and navigated the challenging teenage years. I wrote some of my favorite melodies during this time when I started regularly composing.
I took piano lessons from time to time but never really became fluent in reading music. I didn’t have the patience or the discipline to practice. Instead, I learned piano by listening and playing along to my favorite piano composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Billy Joel, Lyle Mays, George Winston and Dave Brubeck.
My parents, themselves musicians, also nourished my love of music and were always available to give advice, show me what I needed to know and support me at my performances. They never pushed me too far beyond my comfort zone, which was probably a huge factor in my developing a lifelong passion for the piano.
Throughout high school and college I never stopped playing and even formed a band named Melodious Funk in my late 20s with a bunch of friends in southern Connecticut.
After many aborted attempts at finishing an album over the years, it took me a long time to find a studio that would work best with my erratic schedule and robust demands. In 2016, my wife encouraged me to spend time in a recording studio while working on assignment in Toronto.
I finally landed at Inception Sound Studios under the expert engineering direction of Michael Haas. The studio’s nine-foot Steinway grand and Michael’s steady and patient guidance were the perfect combination to bring this project to completion.
This achievement has been one of the most difficult, but also one of the most satisfying. I’m glad I was able to finally get a finished album of my music to share with the world. Hopefully there will be future releases (I’ve already recorded enough material for a second album).
But having the time to practice and prepare for each recording session while traveling, managing a full-time job and spending time with my family has been quite a difficult balancing act.
I’m even glad it took this long to finish. Most of the songs on this album are better for having aged and matured.
My music is an assortment of melodies that have served as my life’s soundtrack. Whether it was falling in love, my wedding, an apology, the birth of my children, the loss of a loved one or the peaceful scenery on vacation, my music represents my life’s journey and story.
I’m really glad you’ve found it, and I hope that it brings you the peace, serenity and calm that it has given me over these many years.