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I remember I was 4 or 5 years old and my mother was playing a B52's album and "Rock Lobster" came on. I couldn't stop dancing and I remember coming up with a whole dance routine to the song where eventually I would end up wiggling around on the floor.  The music was in my whole body and thinking back at moments like that make me realize that it was something in me from the beginning. Although I have no formal training besides a few piano lessons and middle school band I believe that alot of my creative interests stem from me trying to mimic the world around me when I was a child. It was annoyingly common to see me imitate actors,actresses,singers, dancers, or strangers. I remember I was about 8 years old mouthing the words to "Theyre coming to Take me Away" by Napolean XIV and just pretending to be loosing my mind. I committed to the character I was playing from the beginning. I grew up around a lot of sisters who were very involved in gymnastics and dance so I was always surrounded by humans doing expressive things. My grandmother was a very talented soprano opera singer and attending her opera concerts was always an educational experience. If that wasn't enough my father had and still has to this day one of the most comprehensive libraries of music I've ever witnessed. He had a library of vinyl records,cassettes, and CD's that literally covered the walls. As a curious and rambunctious child this was a goldmine for me. I was exposed to styles and time periods of music ranging from Native American war chants, 1600's baroque, 1950s novelty songs, 1970s progressive rock, to nineties alternative rock. Their really are way too many musicians and acts to list but just to name a few I can say confidently that psychedelic rock like early Pink Floyd, Love, Their Satanic Majesties Request by the Rolling Stones, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake by the Small Faces, The Bonzo Dog Band, and even Steve Howe's first band Tomorrow captured my interest. When it came to world music I was always entranced by Ravi Shankar and so captivated by Mike Oldfield's album Incantations and how layered and involved it was. I have the same feelings about the progressive rock groups like YES,Genesis,Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Jethro Tull. They were all doing something with their instruments that scared me and excited me at the same time which was part of the reason I wanted to play the synthesizer and the flute. I've been compared to the singer Jon Anderson on several occasions but I tend to think I sound more like The Shocking Blue or Grace Slick. This wasn't a personal choice. It just happened. I always wanted to sing like Burton Cumming's from the Guess Who but not sure I've accomplished that. When I write some of my solo work I tend to reference Cat Stevens, The Beatles, and Donovan alot. I really like they're songwriting decisions and how they can combine the feelings of corky and serious into one song sometimes. When I was first given a guitar I was about 7 years old. I think it was 1992 or 93 because I remember the album Siamese Dream by the Smashing Pumpkins had just come out and I wanted to play that catchy guitar line in the beginning of"Today". Their was always a piano in the house to so it was very easy for me to keep polishing my curiosities and of course attempt to write songs. My songwriting and band experiences really started when I was about 13 and I would experiment with my hometown friends on keyboards,bass guitar, guitar, and even drums for a little while just to try anything and see who I was as a musician. From 2008 to 2012 I was involved in a 6 piece rock band called Elevator Art that really exposed me to the performance aspect of music where I sang,wrote,played keys,flute and occasional bass guitar. Before that I was just writing songs on my fathers farm. When they disbanded, my wife (then girlfriend) Jennifer and I chose to start a duet called Bone and Marrow where we incorporated electric folk and digital drums. We've been compared to the Talking Heads and the White Stripes. It's a strange project but somehow it works and we've released a ton of material together. In 2016 I was asked by Karmic Juggernaut to sing vocals for a one off performance of Close to the Edge by YES and ever since then I've been involved in the project as the lead singer and flutist. Occasionally I get to sing with other projects and I keep trying to challenge myself because I never went to school for music. I try to make the real world the classroom for me. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I pass but regardless music will always be a learning process for me and the music I can share with you now is everything I've learned so far