I am originally from Washington State, but now live in Maryland. I’m married to my best friend and we share a house with three cats. I am 55.
I am a student studying computers because I wish to reinvent myself. I am into HTML, CSS, and a few more arcane acronyms. I am really dreading the Algebra, because math and I relate like a Voodoo curse; I already believe I’m going to fail.
I compose music. My tools for composition are a Washburn N2 six string with standard tuning, a beat up old B.C. Rich NJ Series 4 string bass, a cheap but functional MIDI keyboard, and Propellerhead Reason 7. We may not have much money in our house but we are passionate about our music.
Reason software has always been geared towards the Electronic Dance Music crowd the bulk of what one hears produced on it is Beat oriented dance-like music or Techno and even something called ambient. I assume now with all the recent developments from Record, to Reason 7, there is a growing cadre of artists who are expanding outward from the same old sounds everybody has been cutting and pasting for so many years.
I like to listen to classical and orchestral composers and other influences are people like Frank Zappa, Willie Dixon, Adrian Belew, Adam Fielding, Civil Protection, centrozoon, Lee Fletcher, and Tobias Reber, Markus Reuter, King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Palmer…lots of prog rock from the back in the day.
These days I work in an actual band made of actual living humans. Our set list is modern country and includes songs by Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, and Kenny Chesney, just to name a few. I have really begun to appreciate this music. It’s well produced and very fun to play.
I have no illusions about becoming a star anymore. I used to. I doubt I’d like the lifestyle anyway. Just can’t take myself that seriously. I just like to construct sounds, songs, whatever….on the Reason software. I would like to write for film though.