As many musicians know, songs are written and sung from their very heart and soul. The foundations of a song are rooted in experience, although sometimes loosely. Thus, the songs you find in Appalachian Gold represent a lifetime of experience. Back in the late 60's and the 70's, when people still went out to bars, clubs and honkytonks, I was a member of the "Franconia Notch Band," based in Northern New Hampshire (remember, the Appalachian Mountains do range all the way to the northern border of the United States)-playing at ski resorts, colleges and other venues. I then moved on to a Virginia-based band, known as "Seabird." When many would have thought my star was rising, I found myself almost totally deaf. I was told, at that time, by hearing specialists that I needed to stay away from all sound-at least for one year-in hopes that I could recover some of my hearing. After that year, I started playing acoustic music as a solo act. However, it became evident that there wasn't a way to make a living doing that. So, to actually make a living and to save my sanity, I had to take another leave-of-absence from most of the music scene, keeping a very low profile and refusing to torture myself with what to do with the music in my mind, heart and soul. But, one cannot do that and remain sane for long, if the music still exists. Therefore, this is the next chapter. My fondest hope is that the listener discerns not only the power and soul, but also the layers of life, that can be found in these songs.