I was born and raised in southeast Michigan, USA, in April of 1958. There was plenty of vinyl music and CKLW, AM radio, but not much live music in my home growing up. One of my older brothers did have an electric guitar. I had a chord organ.
Piano lessons started when I was about 11 yrs old. My mother was given a very used upright piano for next to nothing. Probably one of those, “You move it and it’s yours!” deals. I picked it up quick and had a good ear for learning music. Mom saw my potential so she and Dad bought me a new piano. Two summer sessions at Interlochen National Music Camp ensued when I was 13 and 14 years old. I turned 15 and quit taking lessons and quit playing piano. That only lasted for about a year when I then started buying pop music books and learning songs on my own.
Around 1977 a local working musician asked me to join their band. He helped me find my first stage keyboard and then I was hooked. For the next 35 years I played in various bar bands around the mid-west and southern United States.
Back in 1981 fellow ‘Pink’ members Brent Austin, Rick Zeithaml, and I put together a local rock band, Flying Tiger, and here we are together again, 34 years later!
I have progressed and have risen above adversity to meet the challenges of today. With that said, here we go now with the newest and boldest challenge yet. Frijid Pink!