When I was about eight or nine years old my family moved to New Orleans. There I found music. It was everywhere. Live music was marching down the street, playing on the corner, flowing out of open doors and windows. All genres of music was literally everywhere. Then one day Daddy came home with a phonograph and some LPs. Bo Diddley, Fats Domino. Thats it, I was hooked. Ever since then I have had non stop music playing in my head. I cant stop it, nor do I want to. After New Orleans I was fortunate enough to live in and visit other parts of the USA and the world. In doing so I have learned to appreciate other cultures with their individual styles of music. All through my school days I sang in the school choruses, played in song flute bands and generally followed the muse wherever she took me. My first instrument was a Hohner Melodica. "Red River Valley", "You Are My Sunshine" and some stuff I would just make up because I thought it sounded cool. Got a guitar for Xmas. Saw the Beatles on black and white TV and she was calling me. If an object made a sound I would try to get it to repeat the sound then I would try to manipulate the sound to my liking. I cant help it, its got a hold on me. As a teenager I met Jim McMurtrey and we immediately started jamming together. Along with Tommy Burke on a trap set, Jim on an old piano and I on guitar we played light dinner music in a restuarant/bar in Virginia Beach a few nights a week. With some new instuments and new band members we played a number of venues around the Beach as "Mobius". (The never ending band, no?) Then I saw Hendrix from the fourth row and my whole perspective of music was changed forever. The next day I cranked it up and promptly blew the speaker right out of my amp. She keeps on calling me. I've played and sung Gospel, bluegrass, rock, jazz, blues, and heart wrenching tear in your beer country. I love it all.
My only regret is that I never learned to read music. But, it's still in my head and she keeps on calling me.
As Ian Anderson said "the train it wont stop going, no way to slow down"