Bill's Musical Background & Profile
Musical style - instrumental; classic rock, blues/rock, "adult contemporary", country
My musical tastes formed back during the Beatles era, but now they range from rock to jazz to country. I've played piano from my earliest recollections, when I used to crawl up on the piano bench at my home and try to mimic melodies I'd heard. Playing by ear has always been my preferred venue. I took piano lessons in 4th grade, but resisted practicing and backed away from further lessons (unfortunately). I continued to play on my own, so I kept the "ear" for it. I got an acoustic guitar at about age 9 and took one Summer of lessons years later -- again, preferring to play by ear. I also took up drums at about age 13 and had a garage band with my brother and a couple friends, but I never got all that good at drums. In high school, some classmates and I formed a pop-rock band in which I played organ and rhythm guitar. We became our school favorite (you've gotta like your own team). In college, I joined a five-some rock group with some local talent. I still marvel at their abilities which I captured on tape way back then. After college, I helped two friends build a 24-track recording studio where I did all audio equipment installation and maintenance, all the lighting and electrical wiring, plus some recording engineering and a few sessions as a studio musician. I learned a lot about the recording industry at that time -- and how hard it is to "make it" as a professional musician. (I kept my day job, needless to say.) I subsequently served as keyboardist in two Christian bands, one of which, Chuck Snow and Friends, released a vinyl LP. I continued to act as a part-time recording engineer and sound man. I got into MIDI sequencing in the late 80s, and began to assemble a small home-based studio setup where I recorded musical ideas which had been running around in my head for years. Thus my two CDs, One For The Asking and Think Twice. In 1999 I acquired a pedal steel guitar and worked my way up to being just "ok". (Here's my best session work.) In 2001 I was recruited into an ad-hoc church event band that later became The Iconics that covers 50s and 60s pop/rock hits. In more recent times, I joined another group called The Snarky Cats that plays more in the blues/rock tradition.