My dad introduced me to the alto sax in 5th grade. I’d always loved music, but playing and performing brought me more joy than I’d ever known. Towards the end of middle school, I also picked up the bassoon. It took me a while to comprehend the bass clef, but I eventually got it.
A pivotal moment happened in 8th grade. Judas Priest. I’d listened to plenty of rock n roll at that point,but hearing Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, and K.K. Downing strike the first arpeggios of “The Hellion” changed everything. I picked up an electric guitar, and instantly became a Child of Metal. My tastes have obviously expanded since, but distorted power chords will always remain close to my heart.
One aspect of my life that I am utterly proud of is my service in the United States
Marine Corps. The Corps taught me about leadership, hard work, and service
to my country and my community. I’ve carried these lessons into my adult life
and hopefully do justice to those around me.
I don’t play as much as I used to, but, with Karabiner, I’ve managed to meld
my software career with my passion for music. Karabiner is the culmination
of 21 years helping businesses expand their customer base via the internet’s global reach. My mom recently told me, “You plopped yourself in front of the radio just after
your 1st birthday and never got up.” What a great memory.
Back then, Rick Springfield, Carly Simon, and Chris De Burgh ruled the airwaves.
I learned a lot of great life lessons from AM radio. You should never date
Jesse’s girl, avoid being so vain that you think every song is about you and,
most importantly, don’t pay the ferryman, in fact don’t even fix a price, reserve
payment until he gets you to the other side.
Words to live by.