Influences: (in no particular order) Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Dizzy, Count Basie, Henry Mancini, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Aaron Copeland, Lennon & McCartney, Tom Petty, Randy Newman, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, Ray Stevens, Ray Charles, Elvis, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Marvin Gaye, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Leiber & Stoller, Donald Fagan, Walter Becker, Frank Zappa, Sting, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Chrissie Hynde, Harry Nilsson, Prince, Eric Clapton, Schubert, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Patrick Leonard, Bryan Ferry, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Peter Cetera, Jewel, Robbie Robertson, Kevin Gilbert, Susanna Hoffs, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Tom Waits, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Webb, Max Martin, John Fogerty, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Rodgers and Hart, Brian Wilson, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, Richard Carpenter, Pete Townshend, Buddy Holly, Woody Guthrie, Ray Davies, Jeff Lynne, T. Bone Burnett, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, J.D. Souther, Alison Krause, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Rush, Dave Grohl, J.J. Cale.
Seventh year participating in FAWM and I am looking forward to being more productive this year now that my studio is set up and functioning again. This year I will also be writting with my fiance (we are actually getting martied in February) and I'm looking forward to this new way of working! We will be sticking with No Visiting Dogs for the project name and will continue the KISS method of production. I also plan to incorporate new instruments and techniques again this year. We hope to produce more one-take submissions this year as well as more experimental projects.
Born in North Dakota. Grew up in Washington State. Lived most of my years in Southern California (Orange County) with a two year stint working in the Land of the Noonday Moon (Alaska). Last year I relocated back to my old stomping grounds in Central Washington.
Recap of my sordid musical past :~)
Piano lessons as a youngster (hated them but regret that now). Trombone in grade school. I got a chance to assist the high school band director each summer with new 4th grade students during a camp to prep them for the school year. Learned to play a bunch of instruments with the 4th graders (no pressure) including tuba, baritone, french horn, trumpet, clarinet, and drums.
Played in the concert band, marching band, stage band, pep band, and jazz choir (bass) in high school and had a blast. (Band geek anyone?)
I will miss jamming with a couple of bands (here and there) in So Cal but will certainly find others to play with after I settle in up north. I play drums, bass, guitar, and keys relatively well and I enjoy writing and recording. I like to play and do musical mad scientist stuff (previously in the little bedroom studio I like to call the Sonic Dog House - the Sonic Igloo when I was in Alaska - now a basement bunker studio). I have done location recording and the first year's FAWM tracks were recorded in Matt's rumpus room behind the Orange Curtain with my mobile rig.
Some FAWM history:
2009: First FAWM and we did it! I had the privilege of collaborating with some dear friends and great musicians for FAWM 2009 (Julian Spenis). We had a blast and I think we created an awesome album!
2010: Disappointing finish (actually no finish at all) due to technical difficulties associated with living and working at the top of the world (Barrow Alaska). Next year I'll submit early and often to dodge the "cosmic block."
2011-2013: Unable to FAWM due to health issues, returning to school (completed doctorate in psychology), and life in general distracting me from the creative process.
2014: 15 songs this time (with the late addition of one collaboration with another generous FAWMer), Back collaborating with my musical pals again (this time as Fishy Scnitzel) focusing on capturing simple ideas simply. I also used a couple of new instruments that I had been wanting to play more (ukelele and banjo) as well as some other tools I had wanted to try out (a synth program on my phone and Garage Band on my iPad).
2015: Fourth year of FAWM and completed seven songs this year (all on my own - no collaborations materialized) so if I double my productivity (or halve my sleep time) I should be able to get 14 done next year, no sweat!
Major goal for FAWM 2015 was to increase my own output over last year's creations. My plan was again to use the KISS method (keep it simple stupid). Again focused on getting ideas down rather than more polished demos. There were again lots of one-take creations, however, sadly there were no stream of consciousness pieces this year (no collaborations). 😞
2016: My first year of completing 14 songs by myself (with one awesome collaboration). It was a very productive month and I realized I could get in the zone and be working on several concepts at once. I actually "worked" at songwriting this year and the output shows the value of that. I utilized lots of different instruments and tools and created a varied musical landscape.
2017: Only completed three songs this year due to a massive relocation. After more than 30 years in Southern California I moved back up north to Washington state in February 2017 to be nearer my family. I was happy to get done what I did and I was able to develop a great portable recording setup that is light and nimble.
Thank you very much for the kind comment!
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my songs and having such wonderful things to say about them.
Woohoooo!!! Let's DO THIS!
Why I didn't have you on my watch list is beyond me. I thought that I did. You have always been great person to chat with and check in on. Thanks!
Thanks! I'm looking forward to a whole new way of working. I also very much look forward to hearing your stuff.
Hey! I was just thinking that I hadn't checked in with you and then I saw your post on the forums! Congratulations on getting married!!! Wow. I look forward to hearing what you come up with this year.