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My self-summary
That's a picture of me finding - and claiming - a parlor organ on the street corner. SO, if finding exotic objects on street corners sounds appealing, I'm pleased to meet you, because our sensibilities are similarly offbeat.

A heretic, a boy scout, a virtuoso, a gentleman, a seventh son, a reader, a gamer, a nerd, a goof - while I've done some type-A stuff, like run a marathon, cooked in a 5-star kitchen, and earned an ivy degree, it's all incidental - I measure success by my internal compass.

Sounds tacky, but as Popeye would say, 'Iyam wud Iyam!'
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a professional violinist, jazz improviser, and rock and pop collaborator - I've performed with most orchestras in and around Philadelphia, from the Philly Pops to the Clef Club;

I've worn many hats, from small business owner, partner, and manager, to cook, to teacher of different subjects.

I am career transitioning, taking the time I need to figure out my next step. Possibilities include film music editing and supervising, the music biz generally, any kind of writing, genealogy research, music (always has been my skill set, always will be), and...physical therapy, perhaps?

Recent interests include
- Steampunk
- Nature
- Old buildings, and old objects, generally
- Foreign cultures and languages (mainly euro and latino)
I’m really good at
goofing off.
The first things people usually notice about me
I've been told I resemble Falcor the Luck Dragon, Cillian Murphy, Will Wheaton, Jack Skellington, and other film characters.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm really into 'artisan americana,' like Tom Waits and Andrew Bird, vintage soul, and world music - vintage jazz - classical of course, but don't let that intimidate you - I've got nothing against Lady Gaga, either.

good standups like Louis CK, Bill Maher, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle. George Carlin, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, and Richard Pryor are the originals, though.

TV: only have a computer with internet, but lately I've binged on 'Louie' and 'Breaking Bad' on netflix. Now it's 'Madmen.'

Movies: an amazing old film off the top of my head: 'Five Easy Pieces,' starring a young Jack Nicholson.

Poetry - Whitman, Oliver, Merwin, Rumi, etc etc etc.

Books - (just some favorites) Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke, Raymond Chandler, Starhawk, Richard Brautigan, Jack London's The Seawolf, Gurdjieff, Cormac McCarthy, 1984, Ray Bradbury, Joseph Campbell, Beowulf, Gawain, HP Lovecraft, nonfiction adventure narratives.

Anything with brightness, contours, edges, crackle, or zest, like a blue vase from an indigenous market in the mountains, or
the full moon, or
really good mashed potatoes - which need at least 3 different varieties, ground with a ricer and mixed by hand with a wooden spoon with heated heavy cream and salt until pureed,
then hazelnut oil.
Six things I could never do without
Music, never muzak;
sun, the outdoors, and nature;
time to do nothing;
physical exercise, whether yoga, running, weights, basketball, tennis, ping pong, or horizontal folk dancing.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
getting on the road and going places;
how to talk with strangers;
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing a gig, grocery shopping, watching drunk people embarrass themselves, embarrassing myself, catching a flick, or visiting a brick-and-mortar bookstore.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I underestimate myself
You should message me if
You're intrigued and would like to connect
The two of us