It was back in my formative years in New Zealand in the 1950's hearing that early rock and roll on the old AM radio that stirred my passion with music. As a little guy I needed to express myself by squeaking along with the radio – I just wanted to get it out. Around the age of 15 I purchased my first guitar and taught myself a few chords and I was hooked.
When I moved to Canada and up to Mayo, Yukon, the door opened to my fascination with music during sing-alongs on cold winter evenings. I began to learn about the guitar and putting words together to form the structure of a song.
My years up North since 1973 and moving to the NWT in 1977, have offered a wealth of life experiences to write about and put to music together with reflections back to my roots. I understand there is a need to express the colour of who we are, whether in a visual display or in my case a musical representation of that picture.
My music is based on the blues 1-4-5 progression (early rock and roll) and I find the chord structure has a real edge and emotion that people can relate to. An idea of a song can come at any time or place – the inspiration and lyrics are all around. Being aware and interacting with one another funnels into the consciousness and with some structuring, a new story is ready to be put to music. Three albums later, I am still listening and observing the human condition, creating as it comes.