5. When you perform, you have a picture displayed with your name on it. What is the drawing on the picture.
have to figure that one out for yourself - see #4 for a hint.
6. How did you ever learn so many songs?
OLD! Seriously, some of them date back to my high school band days. There are so many great songs out there, I just keep learning
7. How do you remember all the words.
They just get ingrained in my brain.
When I learn a new song, I memorize the lyrics over and over on long bike rides. They really come in handy to get my mind
off peddling up a long hill!
I have a cheat-sheet on my amp that sometimes reminds me of the lyrics I MOST forget.
I don't - sometimes I repeat the first verse when I can't remember the second. Ever notice (I don't think so)?
I don't! I screw up like everybody else.
8. Are you a songwriter?
really, though I wish I was. I've written only four songs, all back in the 70's. I've tried to write, but find it very difficult.
I think you need to be pretty intuitive to be a songwriter, but I'm not.
9. Do you perform full-time?
though performing is my real job and the day job just pays the mortgage. During the day I work for the NYS Dept. of Health
in the Cancer Services Program.
10. Who are your influences.
learned to play and perform in the 70's - cut my acoustic teeth on Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, John Denver,
Logins and Messina, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and of course, the Beatles. I was also heavily influenced by a lot of
rock bands that have a strong acoustic base; the Who, Jethro Tull, Boston, Heart, and Led Zeppelin. My performance mentor was
Randy Mauger, an Albany singer-songwriter who really encouraged
me to buy a PA system and begin performing more regularly. He also taught me a lot about sound engineering, marketing, and
performance (thanks, Randy!)
11. What is your musical background?
started out in grade school as a drummer. In 7th grade I was a founding member of “The Epics,” a Beatles/soul
band who performed in the Chicago area for seven years. The
band’s guitarists, John & Bill, taught me guitar during our breaks, and I eventually got good enough to play and
sing two Epics tunes (the Beatles’ “I Need You” and the Byrds’ “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”). When the band broke up in 1970 as we all went off to college, I missed playing their
guitars. I dropped the drums (too hard to schlep around), bought a cheap, pawn-shop guitar and started teaching myself.
Loyola there were many coffeehouses, and my friends cajoled me into performing solo one night. Though I was terrible, I got
“hooked on the applause” and have been performing ever since. Throughout my career I’ve played in a number
of acoustic duos and trios.
other milestone in my career that I need to mention is performing at the “Cracker Box” in Piermont, NY. This dive of a neighborhood bar is responsible
for me stretching my style to include rowdier rock and country. Up until this time I was a mellow folk singer. Being a biker
bar, my James Taylor/Simon & Garfunkel finger-picking didn’t go over so well. So my survival instinct kicked in
and I added a lot more up-tempo, rowdy tunes to my repertoire. After my three-year stint there, I was a more well-rounded
12. What music are you currently into?
listen to a lot of bluegrass and contemporary folk these days. I'm also getting more into Jazz.
13. What songs do you LOVE?
I never tire of and which I usually play every performance:
Man - Billy Joel
It Easy - Eagles
- Tom Petty
She Really Going Out With Him - Joe Jackson
Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
Wood - Beatles
Dancer - Elton John
14. Any songs you HATE?
I don't hate them, I'm tired of playing what I call "The Big Five" - songs that
ALWAYS get requested. Cover up the next line and try to guess them - I'll bet you can.
Girl, American Pie, Margaritaville, Puff the Magic Dragon, Sweet Home
I used to perform at the Rolls Touring Company (a Troy pub that had acoustic music 7 nights
a week), they had a sign next to the stage prohibiting musicians from performing these songs! Though I first cringe
with these requests, I later usually enjoy playing them because everyone STILL loves them.
15. Most musicians hate requests. Why don't you?
I get twice as much enjoyment out of playing someone's
request as playing some song I picked. I know they are going to love it, and others hopefully will too. When I first started
performing, I didn't circulate a songlist. It was always hit or miss with my picks - sometimes I could hold the crowd and
other times not. My songlist has really has made both my audience and me a lot happier.