I suppose the first thing I should tell you about myself is that I'm just an ordinary guy who, like so many other ordinary guys, happens to enjoy music. Music has played a great part in my life, and I would not be where I am now without it.
The next thing you might find interesting is that I'm not a musician. I'm actually an electrical engineer with a music hobby. I graduated from Utah State University in 1997 with a BSEE and a minor in music.
I often get asked how long I've been playing piano and how many years of piano lessons I took. I started taking lessons when I was about 8 or 9 years old. Regretfully, I did not then appreciate what a great joy playing the piano can be, so after only three years of lessons, my parents gave up trying to force me to practice and granted me my wish to quit. In retrospect, it was one of the worst decisions of my life.
So how does a guy with only three years of piano lessons start composing? I actually get asked this pretty frequently, and it's a question that cannot be answered without a bit of a story.
I moved away from home at the to attend college at USU, and immediately found myself in a very foreign world. Homesickness and depression set in, and often the only outlet I had for these emotions was to play the piano in the lobby of the dormitory where I was living. Having only taken three years of lessons, I quickly became frustrated with my inability to play the popular songs of the day. This, of course, only gave me new frustrations, rather than alleviating the original ones.
I don't recall now how long I went on just feeling inadequate, but I hit a point where I literally started pounding on the piano rather than trying to play any particular song. Not pounding in the sense that one would use a hammer, but pounding in the sense of thrusting down random sets of keys in an aggravated or agitated fashion. I soon found a few hand positions and fingerings that yielded semi-harmonious results, and upon exercising these combinations (with slight variations), some simple melodies were constructed that at last gave me an outlet for my emotions.
Over time, these melodies evolved to match the emotions I brought to the piano. With a fair amount of work, and a great deal of time, these same melodies have grown into songs that to this day I use to help calm me after a stressful day, or express my frustrations at a difficult situation.
It's taken me a long time to become comfortable sharing these songs with the global community-at-large, simply because these songs are part of me. They've grown out of my experiences, my joys, and my suffering. They are, to me, sacred. In sharing these songs with you, it is my hope that they may help you in the same way they have helped me.
The last thing I should tell you about myself is that I don't really consider myself a composer. It is only by the abundant grace of our Heavenly Father that I have been given this music. These songs come from Him, and I am now passing them on to you.
If you have any questions about me or my music, feel free to send me an email.