Michael started playing guitar at age 17 and instantly fell in love. He started writing songs as soon as he could piece together chords. His first song was actually in two keys because he ran out of chord choices among the 5 guitar chords he knew. He has learned a few more. As a voice major in college he sang in small choirs, large choirs, musicals, chamber choirs and a semi-lucid doo-wop improvisational group. But, his first love has always been the guitar. He has been a lead guitar player in blues bands, jazz bands, rock bands and even an eastern european folk troupe. He has concentrated on bringing a number of different solo sounds to this CD. He uses some hard to find classic electric guitars on the CD. Pictured on the front of the case is Michael with his 1953 Les Paul Goldtop. Michael wrote these songs after finishing work with a large jazz band. The idea was to bring the sophistication of jazz chord voicings to styles like rock and singer-songwriter pieces. The result though, was music for the listener. These are deft executions of story-based songs on a platform of rich chord voicings and strong melody lines. We expect that you won't be able to these songs out of your head. We can't.