I grew up in Sunland Tujunga, outside Los Angeles, and eventually made my way to Atlanta, GA and then to Nashville, TN. For years, I made my living as a carpenter, then contractor, and started and ran two successful companies. Building isn't bad work and I'm proud of the projects that I've done and blessed in the people that I met along the way. But I've always been a writer too and my love of words and good storytelling, in poetry and songs, is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
I wrote my book of poetry, Raised in the Shadow, in one intense year of reflection and scribbling. I was living in Nashville, a single father with two children and virtually no time or space for the songwriting career that had brought me there. Oh, and I was about to turn fifty. Poetry sustained me during that period and I wrote poems in response, short and direct and honest--the sort that I like to read myself.
Raised in the Shadow is one version of my life story in twenty-five poems.
Now I am a singer-songwriter, living in a small cabin in the desert near Joshua tree, CA with my wife and two cats. It took awhile. Many things do. But now I just write.