Though originally a son of the Windy City, I somehow successfully survived my childhood and adolescence roaming the wilds of the Central Plains and have come to regard myself as a Midwestern boy through and through. When it comes to my musical interests, I credit the eclectic tastes of my parents — reflected in their extensive collection of 45s and LPs — for my earliest introduction to music. The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Frank Sinatra, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Tchaikovsky were my earliest initiation into what has become a lifelong passion.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in music and a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, I later attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where I received a Master of Music in musicology. While my musicological interests run the gamut of styles, I found a particularly strong attraction and personal connection to the music of Soviet-era Russian composers as well as an academically fatal affinity for pop culture.
As a freelance writer, my reviews and write-ups have appeared in such national music publications as Down Beat and entertainment-based alt-weeklies like The Pitch (Kansas City), the Riverfront Times (St. Louis), The Westword (Denver), the Houston Press, the Cleveland Scene, and the New Times (Broward/Palm Beach). In my continuing efforts to pay back my student loans (they’re now paid!), keep my son and daughter in clothes, and appease my wife and I’s ridiculous reliance on food and shelter, I also maintain a day gig at one of Kansas City’s most dynamic advertising agencies and have been known to dabble in a few other projects on the side.
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