Find Your Voice
Music has for long been a significant part of my life--listening, experiencing, and even playing. How has music touched you? How do you take in its power? 
This page is intended to be a taste of some of the music that has influenced me. I have often sought out music that resonates with my deeper underlying mood. At right, Mussorgsky's Bydlo taps a dark, oppressive yet powerful feeling; Harry Chapin's words at the bottom of the page speak to our need to be true to ourselves, regardless of outcome.
Famous jazz pianist Bill Evans reportedly said that one needs three things to be a great artist: talent (which is a combination of innate ability and sheer hard work), having something important inside that you want to say, and making your art a priority. For me his summation applies to any human striving.
For what are you striving?
About Me

My grandfather was a painter. He died at age 88. He illustrated Robert Frost’s first two books of poetry. And he was looking at me and he said, “Harry, there’s two kinds of tired. There’s ‘good tired’ and there’s ‘bad tired.’” He said, “Ironically enough bad tired can be a day that you won. But you won other people’s battles, you lived other people’s days, other people’s agendas, other people’s dreams, and when it’s all over, there was very little you in there. And when you hit the hay at night, somehow you toss and turn; you don’t settle easy.” He said, “Good tired ironically enough can be a day that you lost. But you don’t even have to tell yourself because you knew you fought your battles, you chased your dreams, you lived your days. And when you hit the hay at night, you settle easy, you sleep the sleep of the just and you say ‘you can take me away.’” He said, “Harry, all my life I wanted to be a painter. And I painted. God I would have loved to have been more successful. But I painted, and I painted, and I am ‘good tired’ and they can take me away.”

- Harry Chapin