I am a self-taught "living room" musician with some stage experience. It all began when I was about 20-years old and I bought my first guitar. I worked through the entire Beatles catalogue from a "fake book" I got from the book store. Soon after, I fell in love with the music of Richie Havens. At my first open mic, I did a rendition of Haven's "Sandy".
For a brief time, I took jazz lessons from Brad Hubal, a jazz guitarist in Evanston. Brad's father, Jack, had a public access television show where I did volunteer work as a camera man. From Brad, I learned a cadre of beautiful jazz chords that I would integrate into my folk singer repetoire.
I kept my music very private for many years, until I found myself living in Lincoln Square, just a few blocks from the Old Town School of Folk Music. I learned ukulele there in their Ukulele Ensemble. On the last day of classes, we would all get up and play and sing a song we learned in class, on stage, for the whole student body. After ukulele, I took a musical theatre class there at the Old Town School. At the end of the session, we had our own show. It was from these precious experiences that I developed a serious theater bug.
I took improv classes at the Annoyance Theater and acting classes at Green Shirt Studio in Chicago. I was in classes at The Second City, when I landed a role in an adaptation of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" for an itinerant storefront theater company named Strangeloop. I was cast as Amiens, the troubadore. In four shows a week, for five weeks, I played guitar and sang five songs per show, including two melodies I made up to words of Shakespeare.
After that, I had some friends that were producing a show. They didn't have a big meaty acting part for me but instead offered to let me do the music for a dream sequence in the middle of the show. I wrote a song and performed it on ukulele for every performance. I also recorded a bunch of other music for the show on 4-tracks, with me singing and playing guitar, ukulele, bass, harmonica, and autoharp.
The music that appears on WefNET is a wide collection of demo material that I've done over the years. Most of it was recorded on my phone.