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Bio

 

As poet William Carlos Williams shows in his epic work “Paterson” (yes as in New Jersey, and yes he wrote it before Richard Shindell), the classic exists wherever you are. You don’t have to apologize for your influences or try to escape your roots. I’m sure I didn’t invent the genre “suburban contemporary,” but that’s what I do. I cull from my left-of-center experience, from Long Island to Amherst to Newton, and write intelligent, well-crafted, memorable songs about The Stuff Of Life -- stress, politics, sex, family, religion, rebellion, regrets, and the glorious million-petalled flower of being here (ok I stole that line from Phillip Larkin, but it’s a great line). The songs range from John Prine sparse to laugh-out-loud funny to cancer serious. People often compliment me on my songwriting, or come up to me and say “that happened to me, too.” Writing songs that stick is important to me; I don’t like songs that I can’t remember, and I try not to write them myself.

 

My first CD “Shaker Chair” was released in 2000 and received airplay on Boston’s WUMB Folk Radio and other New England stations. Since then, I’ve opened for Bill Staines, Vance Gilbert, Jack Hardy, Catie Curtis, Geoff Muldaur, Geoff Bartley, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsun. My second CD “Voices from the Right Brain” reached #52 on the Folk DJ charts, which, for a singer-songwriter with a professional day job (I’m a geophysicist) ain’t too shabby.

 

“I always thought hawks were such beautiful birds / At least they eat what they kill” – Half Off Our Rocker