The Ongoing Confessions of a Classic Rocker (and Funketeer)

I’ve said it before: it all started when the opening chords of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” hit my eardrums in first grade. I asked my Mom to get me a guitar, and we went down to the music store in downtown Painesville, Ohio and rented a student-sized classical guitar. It didn’t sound at all like George Harrison’s Gretsch Country Gentleman, but I stuck with the lessons for a little bit, sort of like Huck Finn with his readin’ and cipherin’.

In high school, my first set of after-school guitar teachers were Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Jimmy Page and Frank Zappa. More followed, of course, as I discovered more players and more styles. Electric guitar consumed me. I drew doodles of guitars and band logos in my notebooks at school. I bought the rock thing, hook, line and sinker.

Growing up in Cleveland in the sixties and seventies, I soon caught fire with all the funky jams that were filling the airwaves, and grooved to Sly Stone and James Brown and Stevie Wonder. In fact, I turned away from guitar and ended up becoming a funk keyboardist before deciding to relocate to Boston to attend “the Berklee School” (as FZ would call it).

Fast forward all these years – I did not end up with a paying job in the music industry. I work the nine-to-five gig like everyone else, and I am blessed with good employment. Funny thing is, I am finally at a place in my life where I have the opportunity be a composer and producer. I suppose I could have been all along, but Johnny has pushed me and put the mission squarely front of me, and I accept it whole-heartedly. Now’s the time.

I really want to make this record – and I use the slang “record” in the sense of historical document; we’re not planning on publishing vinyl. It’s the snapshot of us, here and now, for ever.

I am so very grateful to everyone who has pledged money to us so far. Please help us with one more push – turn a friend on to us, forward this message, pledge another five bucks. Please.

And thank you, thank you so very much. I’m so grateful to have you all as friends.

You can contribute to the record here.