I will be on the The Michael Nayt Show on Monday, March 29th from 3PM to 4PM Pacific.
It was a cold rainy night, the kind that often plague the west coast on a fall evening. In my hand was a tape. I had thrown an old mic against a cheap synth that I couldn’t play and bounced a mess of sound back and forth on a dual cassette tape deck. It was my first song and I was taking it to my friends house to present my troubled master piece. There, three of us stood under the balcony of his house in the dark listening to the churning tape just ever so slightly above the pounding rain. The muddy, garbled, out of tune mess that came out of the radio that night created a powerful memory that can be qued at any time with a spin of that tape. I had discovered an immeasurably powerful media that preserved memory. It didn’t take skill, talent or brilliance it just took honesty. Many years and many songs later I’m still writing and recording music as a means to remember, express emotion, create longing and change, all because of that night. The songs and the recordings have become better but the power remains the same.