For many years, I was a backup and session musician for record companies and recording artists. During that time I got to play, sing and write with a lot of cool people. Those experiences were wonderful, warm, funny, sometimes bizarre and always memorable. (One day, I'll have to write that book). I will say that it was totally an honor to share the stage with all of them.
Here are a few to give you an example. The list includes, but is not limited to, Carly Simon, Meat Loaf, the blues legend Roy Buchanan, The Turtles with Flo and Eddie, The Soul Survivors, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Natalie Cole, and many others. I don't know if you'll recognize all of these artists but they are each extraordinary in their own way.
During this time I made hundreds of recordings and did thousands of shows, and of course, the shows involved other acts who would either open or close for you, so I got to meet many more cool people along the way. And they've all inspired me in one way or another.
Eventually it came time for me to figure out what "my song" was. Turns out that what I really wanted to do all along was to create music that could help us all remember to smile, to feel good about ourselves, to feel joy in our lives, and to care for others.
My message is one of love, truth, joy and peace.
People say my songs are inspiring and uplifting....they're also a lot of fun.
One of the wisest kids who ever lived, Mattie TJ Stepanek, said, "Rember to play after every storm."
I would amend that to: Remember to play during every storm! If you can do that, believe me, you can do anything.