It all started when I was very young. My father embraced the power of Wagner while my mother preferred the more melodic works of Chopin. It wasn't long before I discovered the complexities of Liszt and the accessibility of Tchaikovsky for myself. Later, I would listen to Brubeck and the world of jazz took the top of my head off. It was in these early years that I taught myself the piano and my songwriting journey began.
And then it happened. One morning as my clock radio awoke me for school, I heard what sounded like The Everly Brothers on steroids. It was of course The Beatles. I immediately bought a guitar and my songwriting took a new direction.
By the mid ‘60’s Namesake Music Publishing was born and my bands were winning city wide competitions. During the ‘70's, I worked the coffee house circuit in New York City and toured the Midwest with the group Cimmeron where 2 of my songs became top ten regional hits.
In the ‘80’s, I was the Los Angeles Promotion Manager for Elektra/Asylum Records where I had the privilege of working with some of the best artists of my generation. Later, I founded Silver Lining Entertainment; a Los Angeles-based talent agency. And although I officially retired from the “business” of music in the ‘90’s, I’ve never stopped writing songs. And so today, as Old Blue, I continue to share my passion.
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