I am a largely self-taught musician and composer. I took a semester of piano lessons as a young child, and sang in the choir at the Catholic church my family attended, also as a child. I taught myself guitar and eventually learned my way around the piano, as well as learning recorders a bit. But composing was always my desire. To do so, I first studied theory on my own. I listened to classical music pretty much constantly, and still do. That is the greatest teacher of all, to hear and absorb what the masters have done. My interest is primarily in late Romantic and Impressionistic music, although I love the Baroque period as well. Some of my favorite composers are Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Sibelius. I have drawn inspiration from them and from many other composers as well.
As for poetry, I started writing in my teens, and continued through my twenties. The vast majority of my poems are from my twenties, which were fairly turbulent times for me, and poetry was to a large extent my therapy. After that, music became my vehicle for self-expression, although there was a time I did both. I love the poems of Emily Dickinson, Rimbaud and Dylan Thomas. They were very influential in my own attempts at poetry. Many of my poems fall in to recognizable categories, such as Existential, Impressionistic and Symbolist.