I’m a father, a musician, and a poet-who-doesn’t-know-it.
As a stay-at-home dad to three kids, I just got my youngest (twins) into full-day school as first-graders. I still spend most of my time taking care of them and the household. Running our household is demanding work. I clean. I do laundry. I drive the kids where they need to go. I keep the family calendar. I take care of the cars, the groceries, and the meals. It keeps me busy all the time. – I really don’t know how families who don’t have someone staying at home get it all done, they have my respect.
My professional background is mostly in music (therefore a series of different day jobs) and my educational background is in both music and German language & literature. After majoring in music for a time, I finished with a bachelor’s degree in German Studies and spent a year in graduate school studying German literature. As a student, I was a teaching assistant in beginning German and in holocaust literature. I’ve also been a music teacher. I was an artist-in-residence at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Kansas City and taught lessons privately in low brass and bass guitar.
As a performer, I enjoy working in the studio, but I play live to keep up my chops. Besides picking up gigs here and there, my steady gigs were four years with the Jubilee Brass of Kansas City, four years with the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra of Virginia, and currently seven-and-counting years with the Vereins-Musikanten German band of Cincinnati and almost as many with the Ohio Military Band – my family’s schedule does interfere with my ability to keep up with my bands these days. I have recorded a solo album, and written and recorded two soundracks. I recorded albums with Kentucky Jam and Tubanjo, both duos. I’ve also appeared on the recordings of other artist – most notably, Cincinnati Blues artist, John Ford.
I fancy myself a writer, although I’ve only ever published the occasional article in small periodicals. I’ve wanted to write a book for years, but I lose interest in long projects or moreso decide that no one could possibly be interested in my drivel. I’ve written a lot of lyrics and poetry. When I write poetry, I have no hang-ups about the quality of my work. I feel closer to the source when I write poems, like when I play music. Maybe one day I will have enough quality poetry to publish a collection. Maybe. In the mean time, I’ve started a blog about my journey of self care. Maybe you’ve seen it!