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I've been a musician and author for nearly thirty years, with music often taking precedence until 2013. My novels are usually literary
fantasy and the music is either instrumental rock or acoustic guitar,
though I now also have a metal band called Z-Order. Read more in my personal bio,
musician bio, or author bio.
I have eight metal plates in my head, build my own guitars, suffered a crippling case of tendonitis,
play multiple instruments, and work as a software developer, though my degree is in classical guitar.
Instrumental guitar favorably compared to big names, and acoustic guitar instrumentals. As of 2012, I perform all guitars, bass, drums,
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Serenade of Strings (2010)
The Lost Art(2010)
Some Things Are... (2007)
A melodic metal band with vocals, in the vein of Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest, Z-Order will release
its debut album in 2014. Featuring Randy Ellefson (guitars), Dave DeMarco (bass),
James Goetz (drums), and Scott Spivey (vocals). Read more...
The debut is a concept album dealing with isolation, communication, social medie, cyber bullying, child molestation,
drug addiction, suicide, and rebirth.
Creating fantastic, thought-provoking adventures one story at a time.
The Tales - a caravan of people tell stories on their way to see a famous sword.
The Champions Series: The Dragon Gate - four Earth friends summoned to another world
are mistaken for missing champions and must find their way home. The prologue is online.
Evermore - A hunter tries to rescue a friend from a city increasingly terrified that undead
from his forest will overrun it.
Four excerpts online!
I've spent 25+ years world building a setting where most noves take place. It features seven original species instead of
elves, dwarves, dragons, and other usual suspects.
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Interview Feb 2014
Fireworks Magazine in the UK interviewed me two months ago and has published it in Issue 63, out this week. You can read it here. "It's an album full of fabulous melodies played with feeling and style. Think Joe Satriani." I get that Satriani comparison a lot. I'm not sure if it's just because he...
I've received the first CD review of NOW WEAPONIZED! and it's a good one! You can read it at Metal-Rules.com or right here
Another CD review for NOW WEAPONIZED! has come in this week, from Fireworks Magazine in the UK. You can read it here. I've never thought of myself as a virtuoso but every CD reviewer seems to call me that. I've been called worse...
The video for "Farewell", from NOW WEAPONIZED!, has now been released: http://youtu.be/urz173o4OpQ This is one of my favorites from the album.
Students of classical composition (who also love hard rock) might find this more interesting as the song is written entirely from the opening riff. Annotations onscreen po...
Sometimes musicians are asked to perform without being paid, whether live or on an album. The request can come from a venue, other bands, or musicians, and can stipulate (or not) what they get instead. I can't address every situation here but can give some perspective on what is okay and not okay to say and do.
Most authors have "writer's block" at some point, but I suspect we're often suffering from something I call "idea block". The definition of writer's block is "the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing." But I think that raises two separate issues:
After playing electric and acoustic guitar for years, I took up classical guitar in college. The only problem was having two years of music school left, and now four years of playing requirements to catch up on. I managed to graduate on time anyway, but the result of so much practice wasn't pretty.
A year later, the tendinitis (also spelled "tendonitis") silently building...
Like most guitarists, I never thought I'd get tendonitis, not to mention several times. One side effect is that, since launching my music career, I've fielded hundreds of questions about it. These range from how to avoid it, diagnose it, get treatment (and from whom), do home therapy, and continue with playing – and more importantly, get on with life.
The goal of this art...