As the pictures (will) show, music has been the center of my life since I came into
the world. I'm pretty sure that it was handed down in my genes. Both my grandfathers
are musicians—a church organist and a tenor sax player for a jazz band—and my
parents met while getting music degrees in college.
My music career started when I was about four, when my little brother, Matt, and I
had a band called the Wanahkanifida Kids. (Better check the spelling on that.) Our concerts
were held on top of our rabbit coop outside, and we wore Chap-Stick all over our faces
to imitate the intricately made-up faces of our idols in KISS. Our biggest favourites, however, were the Beatles: Matt was Paul,
and I was John.
Through high school, Dad and Mom taught me piano, composition, and theory, while
I taught myself on the guitar. From there, it was on to music school in Rochester and a
Ph.D. in Chapel Hill. Who would have thought, a doctor of music?
I am currently an assistant professor of musicology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts—teaching, writing, and writing about what I love.