I am an independent musician. Music is my passion. I compose, record, produce, and publish my own music. I accomplish my musical goals at home in DAG Studio. Most of my songs are instrumentals. Like most of the world's musicians, music is my part-time job. However, that does not dissolve my love for music.
I knew that I wanted to be a musician before I started kindergarten. I grew up wearing large headphones while sitting in front of the family record player console. I wore out my dad's Beatle and mom's Monkee albums. I wanted to play drums and be like Ringo. When my consistent pleading with my parents never produced a drum set I built my own. I gathered different sized pieces of sheet metal and two sticks. I drew a skull and crossbones on the biggest (bass drum) one.
I believe that the biggest lesson I learned as a musician is to be open minded about other types of music. Learning how to appreciate something that I do no particularly like has vastly broadened my creativity. I may not like a particular song, but I can appreaciate someone else's art. I can also learn something from it whether it be a chord progression, key change, or arrangement.
Music is one thing that can cross all social barriers. Music is a very powerful force. It is used to entice emotions on the silver screen and television. Music can also be extremely therapeutic. It is a great way for religious services to establish a calming and loving mood over a congregation. Music is commonly used to treat episodes of depression and PTSD.
I give direct credit to two songs in particular which helped me during the darkest moments of my life. The first song helped me from suicidal thoughts and depression while in my late teen years. That song is, "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow (If I Can't Even Smile Today)" by Suicidal Tendencies. The other song is, "It's My Life" by The Monkees (Micky Dolenz). This became my favorite song in the late 1990's when I decided to take control of my life and become the person who I wanted to be.