Here is detail about my music writing. Click here for detail about my music performing.
I started writing music when I was in the Navy. I joined during the last year of the Vietnam war and served on a destroyer in the Pacific. My first music was written while at sea.
Over the years I've continued writing music, mostly faith or family focused. I also experimented with ways to make recordings of my songs, including background tracks and harmonies, on my own. The songs you will hear on this site were produced in my home office - I did the background tracks, vocals and mixing myself except where noted. Most of these are done with just a Q-Chord (sometimes referred to as a digital guitar) and my voice. I have also added acoustic guitar and occasionally electric guitar. The other equipment is a laptop, multi-track studio software and a small sound board for mixing, and a professional microphone.
As I'm learning how to do this, and hopefully improving each time, these productions will get better and better. I should also note that I have permanent damage to my ears from when I served in the military (I have almost no hearing above about 3khz), including a permanent ringing in both ears. As a result I can't really tell how clean the recordings are, and would love to hear from folks who listen to them. I'm currently trying to carve out time to self-produce more of the songs I've written and make them as professional as I can. As I complete them they will be posted here.
Below is a list of my songs (the list will get longer as I finish more of them), along with some background regarding how I came to write each one. Clicking on a song opens a page containing the words to that song and a 'Play' button to listen to it.
NOTE: I haven't been able to figure out how to get these to play in the Microsoft Edge browser yet. They have been tested in IE, Chrome and Opera. If you use Edge, there is a menu at the upper right that allows you to open your current link in IE.