THE MAN

the minutiae…

First, a bit about me…

…I’m 36 and the oldest of five children.   I grew up in a small Eastern Idaho town of about 500 people (where cows and potato fields far outnumbered the human inhabitants).  There, thankfully, I learned how to work and to dream.   But too cool for music and the “arts” (oh how I have regretted every wasted opportunity to formally learn to sing and play guitar in lieu of my penchant for throwing fastballs (sorry, Mom!)), I surrounded myself with sports (pretty much anything involving the hitting or throwing of balls with maximum force) and the Church (it’s always been my center)…

…I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  A Mormon.  If you’d like to know a bit more about our beliefs in general, click here, or my beliefs in particular, click here.  I served a two-year, full-time mission for the Church in Monterrey, Mexico, and that time profoundly affected my life’s purpose and trajectory.

…Marriage quickly followed my missionary service, college and kids as well.  After my baseball career never really got off the ground at the University of Utah, I did what all rational English majors who need to feed a family do upon graduation–I went to law school…

…Now my life is full of kids (five!–ages ranging from 13 to 5) and complex global investigations and litigation (though not really in that order!).  We live in San Clemente, California, and mostly just try to make it through each day with the same number of limbs and offspring as we had the day before.  (The days last forever but the years sure do fly by…)  Fatherhood brings out the best and the worst in me; indeed, the most challenging injunction God has ever given was, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Gen. 1:28).  I’ve been married for 14 years to an angelic “help meet” who makes me better.  Every.  Single.  Day.  All that I am, and hope to one day become, I owe to her…

…By day (and some long nights), I am an attorney with an international law firm focusing my practice on high-stakes, transnational disputes and anti-corruption investigations.  I help transnational corporations understand and comply with international criminal laws and manage the crises that ensue when they fail to do so (but I hope that’s the last you’ll hear of it here!).  By night I dream of doing more of what I do here–write and make music that lifts and inspires, reaffirms and re-centers…

Second, a bit about my music…

…Simply put, music is my release, my escape.  It soothes my soul and awakens my inner sense of self.  As a songwriter, my music comes naturally, without force from some place within.  When it’s flowing, I hear the muse, find a new tune and write; when it’s not, I play other artists’ tunes and await inspiration.  I love subtle, simple melodies and strong hooks, clean guitar and mellow instrumentation, open chords and traditional progressions.  Music inspires me and hopefully that which I write will add to the dialogue.  And, just maybe, inspire you, too…

…I also love guitars.  Seriously, I LOVE them!  Particularly, Taylor acoustics, and old-school Fender electrics.  I picked up the guitar in my very late teens (wanting to be Eddie Vedder, I guess) and taught myself a few chords.  Armed with four major chords, I wrote my first song.  And haven’t stopped writing since…

…If life had a do-over button, my alternate-reality world would have me be a professional musician.  No question.  But as there’s not much “professionalism” in my “musicianship,” I wisely relegated it to “hobby” status and hitched my financial wagon to a career that, at least for me, involved less risk (I am a lawyer after all, risk mitigation is how I’m programmed…).  So, after countless hours at the office and once the kiddos are finally all in bed, I take the waning moments of the day to unwind and decompress with a guitar in hand.  And what happens, happens.  These songs are organic, somewhat autobiographical and intimately connected to me…

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