“I was 13 when I first played live. I was on drums in my older brother's band. In the middle of a song, a drunk guy fell into my drum set. Good times! I switched to guitar and keyboards after that.”
For more than fifty years, an instrumental composer turned retro-rock troubadour, Gary continues to squeeze out tunes that draw thousands of fans and listeners.
Drawing on roots of a musical family, including a brother, a sister, and father whose early big band days playing sax and clarinet, inspired him to put the usual ambitions aside and concentrate on creating new music regardless of genre, style or form.
These days, he is focused on returning to singer-songwriter mode, and his roots- rock influences are evident the 2022 album ‘The Old Country” and the feel-better pop anthem “Turn the World Around.”
Gary has over 300 published works and 23 albums in a variety of genres.
Gary is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He is also a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMY).
Gary sings lead and backup on all of the vocal tunes in this collection. He also plays piano, synth, bass, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, harmonica, and accordion on various tracks. Gary has written all of the music on this website.
Musicians, modules and more...
Dan Cowan has provided his musical talents on guitar, bass and violin on a number of my tunes, including Pony, Shadow of Your Dreams, and many others.
Todd Sorensen contributed several drum loops via DrumsOnDemand.
Eric Persing and his Atmosphere synth module from Spectronics.
David Milzow contributes Sax samples via Ueberschall's Liquid Instruments.
Kai Reuter does a few selected guitar rifts on Big Face through Ueberschall's Liquid Instruments.
Nick Phoenix adds his world-class drum sounds through his Quantum Leap production of StormDrums. Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix brought us the great Symphonic Orchestra from East/West Quantum Leap as well as several samples from Symphonic Choirs.
On Just a Word, we have Dan Cowan on lead guitar, bass, and backup vocals, Todd McCoy is on drums with Joe Getgenon on bass and vocals. Dave Wayne does lead guitar on By the Side of the Road. Skip Thomas blows out the Sax on Crunchy Piano
On Everybody Dreams, Dan Cowan on lead guitar, Todd Smallwood is studio engineer, Gary on keys and lead vocals.
Over the years, Gary's tools have included keyboards by Alesis, Yamaha, Korg, Casio, and Roland, primarily the Fantom 88. Guitars include Fender Telecasters and Stratocasters, Martin acoustics, as well as Gibson, Epiphone, and others.
Many of the web site photos and other album images get their initial inspiration from the terrific creators at Pixabay
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