When I was 21 years old I drove my white Dodge van from Pueblo, Colorado to Hollywood, California. I was excited to be asked to sign, within 6 weeks, as a songwriter and recording artist with producer Snuff Garrett, Peco Music Publishing and Bell Records. Between 1970 and 1980 I was a signed songwriter and producer with Metromedia Music and The New York Times Music.
During this time I was invited to be a guest artist with the Colorado Springs Symphony, performing my original songs. The Colorado Council of the Arts and Humanities hired me to be the music director for the 150-person touring Chautauqua troupe for the 1977 summer season.
My pop songs have been performed and recorded by famous artists as: “Parallel Lines” The Brady Bunch, “Cardboard, Crayons and Clay”, Jim Nabors, “New Arrangement”, Jackie DeShannon, “Children & Nature”, Roger Williams, “Pure Natural Love”, the Ovations and “Backdoor of Heaven”, Nancy Wayne.
In 2012 the Fountain Creek Foundation hired me to write the sound track for a documentary played on Rocky Mountain PBS called Fourteen 2 Four. After years of writing pop songs and then jingles I have enjoyed expanding to writing and producing music for longer video productions and documentaries. But the most rewarding music work I do is to orchestrate and record the spiritualized songs of the world-known teacher, Paramahansa Yogananda. It is fascinating to blend eastern instruments as the sitar, tambura, tabla and other exotic instruments with western symphonic instruments and rich vocal arrangements.
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