– I’m a third-generation Minnesotan. It’s beautiful here for three of the four seasons, but I’m not sure why the early settlers stuck around after the first couple of snowfalls.
– Before my conversion, I was a recording engineer/producer. I met and worked with some amazing folks in a variety of genres of music. Unfortunately, it was during this period of my life that I developed a terrible habit of drinking WAY too much coffee.
– I once worked on a Zydeco album, and the band brought in a crawfish. We let the little fella crawl around on the mixing console and hang out listening to the mixes. If I remember correctly, we didn’t eat him. However, I do remember eating many of his family members when we were in New Orleans a couple months later. Sorry mate!
– I met my wife, Paula, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Soon after, we began taking ballroom dancing lessons and learned the foxtrot and waltz. Not long after that, we were dancing as a married couple at our wedding reception.
– We live in Minneapolis.
– We have 3 children, and our two boys have special needs. The boys require in-home nurses and personal care assistants. Our home life is um – unique.
– Every year I go on a 3-day silent retreat with the Jesuits. It’s my chance to get off-the-grid and spiritually recharge.
– When I’m not making music, I’m building websites for non-profit organizations, churches and bloggers.
– I’ve been around computers a long time. How long have I been around computers?
- Our family’s first computer was a Commodore PET.
- The first computer I ever purchased was a Mac Classic. I think it had a 20 megabyte hard drive.
- I remember getting busy signals when trying to reach the ‘Internet’ via AOL on a dial-up modem.
– When I’m not making Ambient Chillout as Gentle Monk, I also compose music in other genres:
- Christian Disco (aka ‘Crisco’)
- Punk Pop
- …and noise (some folks may think everything I create is noise)
If you made it this far, wow – thanks for taking the time to read this. You deserve a prize!