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 discouraged from bringing out and playing any of my instruments. However, when my marriage ended, I was finally able to pursue my music. I never realized how much I missed it. Although I miss being married, I enjoy the freedom to play the music that I enjoy so much. If the right woman were to come along, I might again consider marriage.
So here I am, playing solo sets on the classical guitar and singing, and backing up other musicians on the bass. 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. We recently changed lead guitarists, so we are now updating or song lists.
The year 2017 has been an interesting one for me and 2018 looks even more exciting. I keep developing my musical skills and adding new songs to my repertoire. And, I continue 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.