I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I hit high school and college, music was taking all sorts of new directions, or reinvigorating older genres. The Avalon Ball Room and Filmore West were in full swing with performers like Hendrix, Joplin, Cream, Country Joe, Albert King and BB King, The Band, Crosby, Stills and the rest.
I came to music when forced to learn Piano. It felt like torture at the time, yet everything I learned was, and remains of value, with the exception of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I tried clarinet, the trumpet, and finally guitar, the instrument that’s been with me most of my life.
Career? Yep, had two. I was a broadcast engineer, directed commercials, was a cameraman, err... person, and later ended up in time sales. When computers crept out of the dark and into the light, I got into IT and started my own firm—one office in San Francisco and another in Los Angeles. The work took me all over the world, and gave me the chance to write a couple books for Microsoft Press (outdated now, just like me 😂). Degrees? Yep, a couple, electronics engineering and business. I have a wife, a daughter, a grandson and a cat. My life is, therefore, complete. I retired early, and don’t recommend it.
As for the dulcimer, I’m new to it and loving it. Ever have one of those experiences where you pick something up, or decide to do something unfamiliar and you feel some sort of inner affinity for it? That’s how it felt when I picked up a dulcimer, and here I am.
Anyway, I find writing about myself tedious, so this is all I have to offer up. Music has been really important to me, and, I think at times has kept me focused—where I go to let everything else drift away for awhile.