In Chicago, music refuses to be ignored. If you feel it, you have to do it - play, listen, dance, argue... In other words, be creative.

Some of my earliest memories are of my father reciting poetry and signing to me as I drifted to sleep. My experience of music is best captured in Clarice Lispector's concept of 'is-ness':  "everything has an instant in which it is. I want to grab hold of the is of the thing".

As I've gotten older, the range of music that affects me deeply has broadened, which is unusual and I'm not sure why it's happened. That said, my favorite music is unperfected - at base raw and visceral, though often this quality hides beneath a smooth surface. I hear it in everything from the Buzzcocks to Miles Davis.

On this site I include songwriting sketches as documents of creative process, which is my research focus.