I’ve always written songs. Even in early childhood, I heard unknown tunes in my head. At first it just seemed normal, like breathing. When I eventually learned there was such a thing as songwriting, I realized I was doing that. Over the decades these songs accumulated in my head or on paper, and I began compiling them in themes. In the year 2000 I began recording thematic albums in earnest, beginning with The Road, on which Rick Brandenburg, the drummer for my current band, plays. My songwriting reflects deep concern for our environment, passion for survival, philosophy, and the spiritual parts of ourselves. Recording and performing them fulfills a major part of my Vision.
I finally began working with a band in recent times, which allows for much more versatility in bringing the spirit of these songs to life in live performance or recording. I’ve included a page for the band on this site from which I hope to supply promotional material, booking information, and an avenue to find out a little more about my fun and dedicated band who reside here on the edge of this amazing fragile wilderness.
I’m passionate about recording the music of nature, which I often call the Neverending Song. These recordings include extended real-time audio of birdsong, water, wind, and more, most of it recorded in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota. I plan to make these recordings of what Tom Brown Jr. calls the “Baseline Symphony of Nature” available on the Boundary Waters Sounds page . The neverending song is music our species is hardwired for; that which our souls recognize as eternally timeless and freeing. It is fascinating to me that this same song was also listened to by those who lived thousands of years ago. Thus they connect us directly to our ancestors, as well as to the heartbeat of the earth. This neverending song can soothe our souls perhaps better than anything else.
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