For the next phase of my musical journey I focused on bringing the fruits of my writing and composing to life, which point to my deep love for old school Rock'n Roll and the Blues.
I was already set with Ben and David from Spirit Hand, and then we found Van...our perfect fit...Critical Distance was formed.
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Growing up in a home with a classical pianist, I started fooling around with music at a young age; singing, trumpet, guitar, piano, But I didn't commit myself to this road until I was about 40, when I realized that music was in my blood and bones.
For the next phase of my musical journey I really wanted to focus on bringing to life the fruits of my writing and composing, which clearly point to my deep love for old school Rock 'n' Roll and the Blues.
I was fortunate to already know Ben and David from Spirit Hand, and after messing around for a while with a few different configurations, we were fortunate enough to find Van--a perfect fit. So, I started Spirit Hand; an acoustic Folk/Rock/Jazz band. We played (and laughed and cried) for 12 years until it was time to move on. But, those years I spent with 5 quality people solidified my desire and heart to make as much music as I can for as long as I can. For the next phase of my musical journey I focused on bringing the fruits of my writing and composing to life, which point to my deep love for Old School Rock'n Roll and the Blues. I was already set with Ben and David from Spirit Hand, and then we found Van...our perfect fit. Welcome to Critical Distance.
Bass & Vocals
I was born and raised in southern Ohio. I took piano lessons as a young kid, but didn't really fall in love with playing music until I started playing the trumpet in school. Along the way I learned to play a little guitar too, which led indirectly to playing the bass; I played a song for an early girlfriend who gave me a very thoughtful look and then said "I bet you'd be a good bass player"! A mere 30 years later I finally took that to heart, went out and bought a bass, and haven't looked back. I was lucky enough to see Joe and Ben playing with Spirit Hand, which didn't have a bass player, and somehow convince them and the rest of the group to take a risk on adding me to the band when I was still so new to the instrument I barely knew how to hold it. That was a great learning experience and cemented my love of playing and performing with a group. Being raised on a pretty steady diet of classic rock, when Spirit Hand wrapped up and Joe started Critical Distance I jumped at the chance to join. I'm having a blast playing, and I'm really working on improving my singing while playing and even writing the occasional song.
Organ, Piano & Vocals
I grew up in Miami. I was a jazz major in college, planning on playing the trumpet for a living. I moved to New York in 1984, had some great moments with the horn, but that dream ultimately went south, and I got out of music entirely for several years. I moved to Everett, WA in 1994, and it seemed everyone I met played guitar, so I started playing chords and making a little noise on people's keyboards so I could jam with my friends. I also hosted Pull The String on KSER in Everett from 2003 to 2013, which put me in touch with a lot of great musicians in the Seattle area. I enjoyed being a DJ and supporting bands and hosting events, but it all made me really want to get on a bandstand again. This led to a garage band, which led to a lot of keyboard gear aquisition, and meeting other musicians, and singing and writing songs, which led to The Wild Snohomians, a great band which broke up in the fall of 2015 after 6 years and one album.
I started looking for new people to play with, and answered a craigslist ad; three guys in my age bracket were looking for a keyboard player. We got together in late 2015, and it all fit real nice. We all contribute songs and ideas, with continual challenges for my keyboard chops, and Joe's dogs have even adopted me. We're having a ball, and I'm really looking forward to wherever this takes us!
I play a Crumar Mojo, which is a portable, digital version of a Hammond B-3, through a Motion Sound PRO-145 amp, which is a smaller, lighter version of a Leslie. They both kick ass! I also slide over to my Yamaha P115 Piano on a few songs, and I'm loving my new Heil Pro 22 UT mic.