Get Back Home to You
I started playing the piano at around age 7, taking lessons from my dad, who was a music teacher early on in his career; then later studying with another classical teacher, until I studied with a jazz teacher for 2 years. It quickly became clear that jazz was what I loved. Listening to Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Vince Guiraldi, and Andre Previn, among others, became a regular event at my home. I began playing with other musicians around age 14, and formed a jazz band, which lasted throughout my high school years. It wasn't until medical school, some 10 years later, that I began to play again with other musicians, and formed another band. We played regularly at local clubs in the Chapel Hill area, until the time I moved to Asheville in 1983. During the 80's, I was busy establishing myself as a psychiatrist, and raising two children. It was in the mid-90's that I began to play professionally again, this time accompanying jazz singer Cynthia Wade at local gigs. In 1999, I opened the Raven Moon Café, along with two musician co-owners, in Weaverville, N.C. During the next two years, a surge in my musical creativity occurred. I had written music before, but now lyrics, as well as, music began to come through me in a way it had not before. I played, wrote, sang, and arranged music for and with the Raven Moon Band, along with the other contributing musicians. We played monthly at the Café, and also played other local gigs. At that time, I began a musical, and later a marital, collaboration with Mary Davis, a very gifted singer/songwriter who has played extensively in the area over the past 25 years, and played abroad, as well. Mary and I have played several local concerts over the past few years with some of the musicians on my first CD, "The Gaze of Love". We have also joined with two other musicians, all of us singer/songwriters and instrumentalists, and call ourselves, Anam Cara, meaning soul friend in gaelic. We have regularly performed in the Asheville and Greensboro areas over the past two years. Our music is very lyrical and soulful, and our harmonies are lush. This newest CD, "Get Back Home to You", is a further progression of my songwriting career. The music tends toward more jazz, and the lyrics remain both light and humorous, as well as, thoughtful and insightful. Some fine musicians once again accompany me on this latest effort, and help to bring the music alive.