I've been told I'm creative, funny, and encouraging. But then again I've also been told to step out of the car, please ... but it was a case of mistaken identity. Honest. I was an anarchist for a little while, but then it got too cold out.
** In the interest of authenticity, I recently deleted all the outdated photos, leaving just the one for now. More are on the way. But I'm a dashing gentleman, really. You can totally take my word for it. **
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a writer and editor for a community newspaper and two monthly magazines. I play drums for a few bands, and record whenever I can. I volunteer, usually at schools, when I have the time. Last but certainly not least I'm a full-time dad. I don't sleep much.
I’m really good at
Storytelling - they're only slightly exaggerated, I swear. Multitasking. Also, I write good (and sometimes ironically).
The first things people usually notice about me
When I'm clean shaven with a fresh haircut, people say I look
younger than I am. If I'm shaggy, they notice a few gray hairs.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a mile wide and an inch deep with music. Lately I've been on a serious progressive rock kick. Writing for a punk magazine when I was younger turned me on to the Weakerthans and the Loved Ones, and Joe Strummer inspired me to stand up to the head of my company once. My favorite pop song is Dreaming by Blondie.
My jazz kung fu (John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Cannonball Adderly) is rudimentary but genuine. Tony Bennett over Frank Sinatra. Live at Carnegie Hall 1962 is a juggernaut. Classical, I enjoy Stravinsky, Debussey, Phillip Glass (if he belongs there) and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky.
I have a huge soft spot for New Orleans funk, Stax/Volt & Mowtown. Over the past few years I've been developing a love of opera that I sadly don't have the time to nurture further.
My last Serious TV Show was Breaking Bad, and my current re-watch is Seinfeld. Cheesy comic book tv shows like Gotham and The Flash are great for winding down at the end of the day.
It's rare that I have time to make it through a whole movie anymore, but like good comedies, Scorcese movies, and westerns. Am I the only Marx Brothers fan here? Duck Soup all the way.
I read mostly non-fiction: Malcolm Gladwell, et al and books about music and musicians. I have volumes of poetry I'll go through someday.
The six things I could never do without
Family, friends, drums, guitar, laptop and phone. I can do a whole mess of damage with that stuff.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The grandiose new project I'd like to tackle, and the logistics required to make it happen.
On a typical Friday night I am
Fridays are deadline at work, so when that's done I usually kick back and stay in. You wanna play some Monopoly? I wanna play some Monopoly.
Saturdays I'm usually checking out a band, playing in one, or hanging at someone's house.
Sundays I'm relaxing or cajoling the kids to do something Cultural in the vicinity of Downtown if they're with me. They grumble, then enjoy it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I was a kid watching Sesame Street, and at the end they'd say, "This episode was brought to you by the number so-and-so," I thought the number was the total amount of televisions that could receive the program that day. When the number was one, I'd feel really special.
You should message me if
You walk that fine line between adventurous and grounded (or, you at least have it in your sights).