Author was not a career goal I had aspired to but is something I now feel compelled to do. In 2007 a rather random act started me on a 12+ year journey to find my birth parents, and the truth behind the circumstances of my adoption. This search has led me over thousands of miles and has brought a large and (mostly) wonderful group of people into my life. It also revealed many dark and deadly secrets. Bad Blood – A Life Without Consequence has elements of true crime, searching for identity in this new world of DNA testing, and the stories and facts that can be discovered and confirmed in the connected cyber-world we now all inhabit.
Music was and still is one of the biggest factors in my life. I discovered record stores and concerts at a very early age, and never left. While a big fan of guitar rock, the instrument that always called to me was the keyboard. I am self-taught on the piano and what I really wanted in my teen years was a Vox electric organ. Sadly, my budget (and parents) denied me that option. After spending time trying to pull a conventional band together (and failing) I bought my first synthesizer after the first wave of synth duos appeared. A second synth followed, along with a drum machine, and then a four-track recorder. I began writing and recording under the moniker Munich Syndrome in the mid-80’s. The equipment at my disposal didn’t mesh with what I was trying to render, so the songs and project were put into mothballs.
Around the late 90’s DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations) improved, and there was a new resurgence of electronic music. A new studio was put together and songs were demo’d online in the early 2000’s. A series of short films shot in Paris provided an opportunity to create downtempo soundtracks, which resulted in the debut Munich Syndrome album; Sensual Ambience. Munich Syndrome’s second release, Electro Pop was much truer to the initial vision I set out to create in the 80’s. 2019 saw the release of The Best Of and there are currently about 65+ tracks in various stages of completion.
Art has also been an overriding passion for me. I gravitated to fine art at a very early age and studied oil painting and acrylics. I followed this route for many years, but I found myself attracted to graphic and commercial art. I was very influenced by Peter Max, Roger Dean and Andy Warhol. I did a couple of seasons with a community theater troop designing the programs, posters as well as props and costumes. This led to a few years working in the display department of a large department store where I was given free rein to create anything that I wanted to. While a very enjoyable job, the pay was abysmal. I went back to college to study technical arts and graphics. I graduated with a double degree in fine arts as well as technical arts, along with being on the dean’s list and getting a departmental recommendation.
I freelanced doing logo, corporate branding and illustration work. When the web started to become a viable option, I returned to college again studying web design and multi-media. Over the years I’ve designed and built websites for large online e-commerce companies, as well as stand-alone sites for individual businesses, non-profits and arts organizations. I’ve also designed and created products for online stores including book covers, T-Shirts, coffee mugs, posters, and other items.
Along with web design I studied Adobe’s multi-media authoring programs and began creating videos. I have created a YouTube channel for my musical project, Munich Syndrome, that currently has over 50 videos (and growing).