I was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, a remarkably beautiful and quiet place to live. I am now back living in the city of my birth and I can think of no better place in the world to be. I am surrounded by friends, close to family and I have the music that keeps me happy.
My father was a great fan of the classical guitar and much of his admiration for the genre was passed on to me. I started classical guitar lessons when I was 9 years old and I have never looked back. My teacher was Kushner, who along with his wife a pianist, ran a music studio in Nanaimo, BC. He was a hard but fair teacher who always kept me working to improve my technique.
When I was about 13 years old, I was attending Cedar Junior Secondary School. While taking a music class, I taught myself to play electric bass. I was already thoroughly familiar with sight reading on the classical guitar, so learning the bass was very straight forward. I then started assisting the music teacher with the delivery of his classes.
While still at the junior secondary school, I started a band with some other kids – all of whom were talented musicians. In a small band with guitar, drums, trumpet and bass (me); we played at the local legions under the supervision of one of the parents. We made an extraordinary amount of money for kids of our age. Typically, at the end of a gig, they would pass the hat around to encourage us to continue playing and we would be very happy with the results.
I continued with my music playing in a variety of bands and applying my classical finger-style guitar technique to folk, jazz and light rock songs. I finished a degree in Mechanical Engineering and ended up in a teaching position here in Victoria.
During most of my married life, I was not permitted to bring out and play any of my instruments. However, when my marriage ended, I was then able to pursue my music. I never realized how much I missed it.
So here I am, playing solo sets on the classical guitar and singing, and backing up other musicians every Friday evening. On alternate Friday evenings, I also set up and run my sound system and host the open mic. Every week, I practice with the band Analog and usually we play about one gig a month. Although, I see us playing a lot more gigs in the future.
So the year 2017 will be an interesting one for me. I will keep developing my musical skills, perhaps even start writing some original tunes. I will fine tune my sound system and my sound engineering skills. I will also improve my home recording studio and my associated recording skills. All this while teaching engineering at a local college. Wow, I have a busy life.
Best of luck to you in fulfilling your music dreams. Remember, you won’t be able to obtain them without a lot of hard work.