My goal with music is to create. I am endlessly fascinated by the sonic experience. I find joy in discovering what it is about a piece of music that makes it great; whether this is done through the producing of recorded music or the envisaging of notes on a page or both, it is the study and the creative profession I am enamored with.
I think I was 16 when I first started playing guitar. Yeah, sophomore year of high school is when I figured music would begin to take over. As I entered a new high school in Forest Lake, Minnesota, I took with me the first instrument I had ever attempted to play. This was both good and bad; there was a lot of teenage angst that I didn't have the know-how to release on the instrument, but there was a guitar class offered at the school that helped put my malaise to rest.
I became fascinated with finger-style guitar when I heard the playing of Leo Kottke and Antoine Dufour. When I couldn't find a second guitarist listed on any of their albums, I realized what I had to do.
In my junior and senior year of high school I was lucky enough to assist the director of music at Forest Lake High School in the making of the guitar I planned to use in the Finger-Style Guitar Program at UWM. I learned a lot about the craft of luthiers and how much of a workout sanding can be. I now play my DragonfLy acoustic guitar professionally throughout Milwaukee.