I’ve been writing songs for a while. It started with solo piano tunes. I’ve been playing the piano since I was 4 years old, and I’ve always loved it – and God has blessed me with a gift for creativity and ease at playing the piano. I am not the pianist who can do absolutely anything with the white ivories, or play every Mozart and Tchaikovsky pieces with ease. But I can say God has given me a talent for playing music that reaches the soul and brings calm and refreshment. I mostly enjoy playing my own tunes, and making up songs. But I also love playing with other people, I miss very much playing with a fellow guitarist who is part of a duo called “Acoustisaurus“. I’ve also enjoyed being a part of various praise bands over the years. Some highlights for me have been releasing a first album in 2002, with the help of my dad (available online to purchase at Cdbaby or send me a personal message). And even before that, doing a home studio project with my sister-in-law, another talented pianist, Jennifer Haines. And now, I’m working on cd projects once again, after a long break from pursuing things musically. I will keep that updated for future releases, just check in time to time to see when that will happen.
When I was 12, I also began learning to play the guitar – from whatever people would teach me, as well as mostly self-taught. My reason for learning guitar was to be able to play contemporary worship songs and be available for easy to travel music like that. So that’s been my focus as far as the songs I’ve learned. On the piano, I’ve broadened out to learning dinner music, some crowd-pleasing favorites, and classic pieces as well as a little jazz. But on the guitar, I’ve had one focus only: play music for Jesus. And it’s stayed that way as my focus. When I was preparing to leave home for the first time, I wrote my first song on guitar with words that I remember and play to this day. It’s called Spikenard, and the song is all about giving our talents, our beauty, to Jesus. One day when that song is recorded, I’ll share it here.