Credits Music About Life

For almost as long as I can remember, my life has been dependent on composing & playing the piano. 

Regardless of what's happening in life, I'm always writing something -anything, and playing keys whenever the chance presents itself.  My formal piano playing began when I was 7, and writing began during my freshman year in high school.  I worked full-time at a movie theater to pay for my first synthesizer, a beloved Juno-106.  While jamming with some neighborhood garage bands, I soon discovered the art of songwriting. 

My formal studies began at the UMKC Conservatory of Music.  My major was Music Composition, with an emphasis in piano performance studying with faculty.  As a composer, my body of work consisted of string quartets, choral ensembles, solo piano and full orchestral movements.  It was during this time that I began to focus intensely on my tone.  I lived in a noisy, TV-watching house, and one of my piano professors told me of a trick she learned in her college days while living in a crowded apartment: open up the piano, take a thin towel and drape it inbetween the hammers and strings, and it'll mute the sound.  I used a thick towel, and it was like playing with headphones on.  That extremely soft touch, or 'tone' became ingrained in everything I did, and still do, musically.  Perhaps socially, as well. 
I feel this style of playing and recording has lent itself well to the film and television markets for which I write.  This is especially important with the numerous Reality-type shows in need of emotive soundtracks that enhance dialogue and mood.

I've enjoyed getting to know the music supervisors I've worked with, and feel that having a good relationship with them leads to a better understanding of what they're looking for.  This usually translates to a fair amount of time and money saved on both ends.  To me, there's no such thing as a 'bad' job.  I do, however, find it more rewarding working with smaller companies.  Simply put, there are times when it's more sensible to shop at Costco, but it's the small-town hardware stores where you'll find the good stuff... the really well-made stuff.

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