I am a Sioux City, Iowa boy. One could say I embody the physical characteristics of Forrest Gump. I was born with “pigeon toes” and had to wear the same braces on my legs as Forrest. I became a very fast and swift runner and noted athlete. Setting records beginning at the age of twelve.
At an early age, my mother would play her favorite music (Herb Albert, Frank Sinatra, Manhattan Transfer) and we would dance with my feet on hers. I remember my first 45’s, “Rock On” by David Essex and the “Midnight Rider”, by The Allman Brothers. I would sit and listen to them over and over again on my sister's little record player. I really got the music bug when I heard Mickey Thomas sing “I Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with Elvin Bishop on the Midnight Special. I was hooked. I knew I wanted to play music and sing.
I decided I wanted to play the drums and joined my school band in the fifth grade. I played the drums all through school and even won a state competition in High School. I bought my first electric guitar and amp with the money I made painting my grandparents' house over the summer. I would bring my guitar and amp to track practice and play it for the team. I had only five lessons, but the teacher was just too slow. I wanted to rock and play loud. So, I stopped taking lessons and started learning to play on my own.
After high school, I put an ad in the paper to start a full-time band. I was lucky enough to meet a group of guys that had a band called Born Hungry. We were pretty good, had an agent, and would play a circuit of bars from Minneapolis to Kansas City. This was an amazing time of my life. It was all I wanted to do. But I did not have a home nor money. The guys were older, late 20s and early 30s, and somehow had homes and families, and I was living in a tent on the Missouri River. I had hit rock-bottom. I enlisted in the Air Force and spent nine years in the service. I met my wonderful wife, had an amazing boy, and the Air Force wanted to send me to South Korea alone. I could not do that and was forced out. I went to work for Mutual of Omaha and worked very hard rising from a temporary worker to a First Vice President in five years. As the years past I never lost my love of music but did not have the time to commit to it. Now I am older and have all the toys age can accumulate. I am playing and enjoying it again. Surprise, I am an old man. In my 60s now and I still feel like a kid. The words are a little more mature, the music is better (I think so), but my voice is faltering.
I will continue to create music and enjoy the process as long as I can. I am a lucky man. I have had an amazing life and hope to live a long time. Rock On.