Progress Not Perfection
Born: Feburary 17, 1965 Detroit, MI College: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Major: English Favorite Color: Blue - No Red Favorite Book: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (and scripture) Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption Favorite Food: Sushi Favorite Quote: God will never give you more than you can handle. Artist Influences Pink Floyd Dire Straits Roxy Music The Eagles Pat Metheny New Influences John Meyer Porcupine Tree Switchfoot Moses Mayfield Dave Matthews Steven Curtis Chapman David Crowder I grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. I went to good schools and was a selfish, confused kid. I stayed that way, pretty much. I am getting better, thanks to God. I wouldn't say I'm a born-again Christian because I have always been a Christian, at least by name. But.... I certainly feel a lot different than I used to. I have a brother (Terry) and a sister (Gretchen, who helped me a lot with all the artwork on Progress Not Perfection). The three of us are alive and well, raising families, trying to keep doing the next right thing. In 2007, I was graduated (English major, can you tell...) from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I was blessed to meet a beautiful woman (Kristine) who was kind enough to marry me. We have four children (Lauren, Megan, Peter & Jack). We are an active family of 6. I travel a lot for work (insurance) and Kristine keeps the kids on tethers until I return. Just kidding; cellphones seem to work ok. I love music. I started playing guitar when I was 12. I took one lesson: hot cross buns. From that point, I'm pretty much self-taught. I played in bands in high school. In 1982, I received a recording engineering degree from Full Sail (still in business!). I continued playing until I was 28, then hung it up until 2003. I didn't start playing "real" guitar or writing decent songs until I started thinking straight, which was just a few years ago. I asked a good friend if I should keep the music in my basement. If he hadn't urged me to share the songs, they'd still be in it.