I'm a small town singer/songwriter living in New York City.
I was supposed to die, but I wrote a musical instead. And the healing music from the show set me on a worldwide adventure that is still unfolding.
Historically, I became somewhat of note for having created the first online "AIDS diary," which pre-dated blogs -- one of the first to use social media to promote a theatrical production.
The diary was a daily report of a man dying. A "watch me die online" diary played out in real time. And then, by chance -- because my name was picked in a lottery for a new medication -- I did not die. The Death Watch became a Life Watch. Simultaneously, the little musical that could, The Last Session was playing Off-Broadway to glorious reviews and was revived in London in 2012 to also glowing reviews.
Living in the Bonus Round is a blog, a philosophy of health and life and the true story of a guy from a small town in Texas on an adventure in life, where time speeds up and the prizes are better.
My latest project is refashioning "New World Waking" from its concert hall size into an experimental "crowd-sourced event" suitable as a school/church/community project that focus on redemptive non-violence, using real life examples of people who were victims of bullying or other forms of violence. People I met here on the Internet.
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I wrote it after I got to play John Lennon's "Imagine" piano because I met Gabi Clayton online, and then wrote and sang the story of her son, who committed suicide after a gay bashing. Then, somehow, George Michael heard about it, and the next day they were filming us:
I also donate my time as the Tenor in the back row and Resident Composer at Christ Church Bay Ridge, Episcopal church, which gives me a chance to learn from one of the great musical directors/musicians in New York, Mark Janas.
Though my primary work, today, is in theater, concert or cabaret stage, I'm really just a simple balladeer, at heart and am likely to sing in a hospice as a huge auditiorium. I'm pretty much the same, whether you put me in a tux or overalls.
The healing power of music is what I believe in.
If you're looking for material for your group, whether civic or religious, I got songs for you! Inspirational music suitable for any kind of campfire event, secular or religious. Easy to learn. With strong, emotional messages of thankfulness, courage and feeling reborn.
You can find these pieces at Watchfire Music. You can download sheet music to my songs as well as recorded demos to help those who don't read that well.