Words and music. Just as I hope the title of my site implies, I’m a recording artist and writer. I’m based in New Jersey.
Music and records
My most recent album is called New Aquarius, which I believe is my best work. Having released some singles and shorter recordings since my previous record, I set out to create the most powerful progressive pop music I could. The album enabled me to shine as a producer and keyboardist like I never had before. I managed to capture the music just as I imagined it when I wrote the songs, which can sometimes be the most difficult thing to do. It’s an introspective album, and also a turning point for me personally. Like the first line of the “New Aquarius Theme” states plainly, “I wanna break out of the place I’ve been fenced in.” So that’s what I’m doing now.
Over a lifetime dedicated to this vocation of music and sound, I’ve done recording sessions, pit orchestras and live performances, alone as well as with others, and in the service of others. I’ve worked as a freelance mixing engineer and orchestral arranger, most recently on Heart of the Black Dirt by Brian Fitzpatrick and the Band of Brothers, with whom I still play bass occasionally. I’ve even done some radio production and voiceover work for SiriusXM.
The Mellow Blast and beyond
2019 marked the beginning of my regular collaborations with multi-disciplinary artist Frani Lugo. I met Frani about 15 years ago. I was fortunate that our paths crossed again at the end of 2019 and we’ve been working on a number of different projects ever since. Aside from playing his original music both live and on video, we form the core of The Mellow Blast, a cover band in which we play 70s AM Gold exclusively. I’m handling the lead vocals, bass and keyboards. When I play keys, I’m covering the bass with my left hand. Frani sings with me and covers the rest of the arrangement with a guitar. Frani’s the real deal. We look forward to performing live again as soon as it’s completely safe to do so.
Though I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English Writing, music always took precedence. But I’ve discovered that writing and music tend to recharge each other. Since the release of New Aquarius, I’ve been drawn to (and had more time for) writing. I’m a compulsive journaler, which keeps the ideas flowing. While I can’t bring everything online, I have a blog on this site, and some other things too.
Feel free to contact me. I always answer.