In my twenties I was narrative singer-songwriter in Texas and California. In Sausalito, CA I taught songwriting at the former Family Light Music School. During my tenure I was fortunate to be the student and friend of the master blues guitarist Michael Bloomfield. In that period I wrote Songwriting: How To Write Music and Lyrics published by Ermine Press (available on Amazon). In 1979 I moved to Los Angeles where I wrote songs that came to me as soundtracks to my dreams. I performed the songs and won a prize at a Len Chandler and John Braheny’s L. A. Songwriters Showcase. In 1981 I gave up songwriting to write screenplays, short stories and, more recently, novels.
As I wrote these works, I made my living as a carpenter, factory foreman, shipping manager and, for twenty five years, a software engineer. In 2017 I retired from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle where, for thirteen years, I wrote secure, object-oriented, data-driven applications for research scientists. In 2017 my artist wife and I moved to Boise, Idaho where I have become a performer once more.
In 2012 I began dreaming songs again. I am currently recording a CD of a dozen of them, to be released in the spring of 2020. To watch videos of selected songs, click on the HOME tab above.
I will continue to perform my songs. I have played two festivals so far and look forward to perform in more in the summer of 2020.
My work includes four high-concept screenplays, a dozen short stories, a middle grade sci-fi fantasy novel (in progress) and dozens of story-based folk songs, twenty-four of which I play on stage weekly in Boise.