Upbeat, uplifting tunes featuring piano and guest instruments that capture the jubilation of his adventures in the outdoors.
This image so perfectly captures both the source and the intention of my music.
When I sit down at the piano, most often the music is coming from the same part of me that loves the great outdoors. A mountain or the sea are big, provocative, exciting, even dangerous things. But I also find what you might call a dramatic tranquility to them. I find these facets of Creation compelling, and it’s that feeling that informs my music.
Now, I don’t want to get carried away with a lot of flowery allegory. I’m not planing in the ether having a transcendental experience or anything. But I do like my music to include – as best I can – some beauty, a bit of drama, some surprise, and a dose of serenity. I’ve been lucky to have many experiences finding those in the outdoors, and that experience is my most accessible well to draw these things from. This picture – although clearly composed – illustrates exactly how it feels for me. This is also exactly how it felt when I took the original picture. That scene is my nirvana, and where the music comes from.
The picture in the studio – well, that’s the reality of how it actually happens.
Describing my music as “piano-centric” means that while my first musical love is the piano, I enjoy weaving in other instruments as well when it will create a certain texture. I observe no purist limits – although my ear seems to choose acoustic instruments for that more often than electric.
I hope others might find my music injects a bit of that into their lives too. Of course, that’s just how I experience it. No one needs my permission to find whatever pleasure or meaning in the music as suits them.