I've always been 'the singer'. I remember back in high school... everyday the kids would line up to beat me up after school. Maybe it was because my vocal gift, coupled with my stunning good looks, made me a much better person than they could ever be. And when it came time, I would just stand there, behind the church after school, singing 3rd and 5th vocal harmonies on top of the insults they'd scream at me. I couldn't harmonize with the rocks and bottles they threw, though. Boy, did they kick my ass. Hmmm, mmmm. Nothing like a good time coming around again.
When college came around, I kind of came into my own. Although I participated in the group choir off and on, the most fun I had was singing 'Ziggy Stardust' with J.R. Mangan at the Café 210 West. I was known campus-wide as that guy who sings Ziggy Stardust with J.R. Mangan at the Café 210 West.
I didn't pick up a guitar until I was a little older. I bought a used Takamine at Cintioli's Music in Northast Philadelphia. My highest musical goal at that point was to impress girls with hack versions of cover songs. Somewhere along the way, however, things changed. I developed a solid sense of melody and became a pretty good songwriter. So good, in fact, that incorporated into our songs are some of the most intelligent, deep, & witty meanings ever infused in song. These meanings have been strategically placed in the high upper frequencies of the EQ, much above human audible perception. Only at that time when you actually find these meanings, will you truly realize the true philanthropic-philosophical geniuses we (I) actually are (am).
I absolutely love music and I listen to a lot of it. I try to keep a healthy check on respect levels for other artists. I feel there is more than enough room for everybody to create, and I think songwriting in itself is an awe-inspiring practice. I'm not one of those guys that goes around saying that every band except mine sucks - except for Bush, The Offspring, and O-town. They qualify for a more universal definition of sucking, if you know what I mean. Ah, but I digress..
10 Questions, from me to me...
1) FAVOITE SIGNED BANDS: dada, Live, Toad the Wet Sprocket
2) FAVORITE LOCAL ARTISTS: Any artist that defies the whole cover band scene is OK in my book. I also really like Nancy Falkow, Jamey Heinze, Mercy River, Peppers Ghost.
3) OTHER INSTRUMENTS PLAYED: I can do it all - no, wait, that's Toland. I can't do a damn thing.
4) HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING: Since the ponytail was cut off of the mighty Samson Toland
5) EQUIPMENT USED: I play a 1995 Taylor GA-MC grand auditorium limited edition (1 of 300, sweet). A Fishman Pro EQ pre and an SWR California Blonde provide more than sufficient amplification. A Digitech RP2000 handles my effects.
6) TOP 10 CD'S EVER (IN RANDOM ORDER):
7) FAVORITE SONG: Ben Folds Five : Army
8) OTHER HOBBIES: I'm an avid scuba diver, weight lifter, world traveler, musician, songwriter, recording engineer, humanitarian, MIA rescue soldier, Ethiopian freedom fighter, power ranger, teletubbie (I'm the yellow one), and I spend my spare time saving cute fuzzy bunnies from the willed death wishes of the one they call Brittnie.
9) FAVORITE MOVIE: Goodfella's
10) FAVORITE QUOTE: Where you going, baby? You going to get the corpses?