My singer/songwriter career began, as I remember it, in eighth grade (1966) when I wrote a song that I called “My Mary” in which I informed listeners that “My Mary’s face is like a pearl” setting up the rhyme that “she is my kind of girl.”  I, of course, thought it drew incredibly favorable comparisons to Lennon and McCartney.  After “My Mary” failed to rise on the Billboard charts and after writing only a handful more songs in high school and college, I didn’t consider composing again for many years.

As my wife Martha and I were gearing up to move from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. in the spring of 1991, I wrote a wistful song called “Part of You, Part of Me” for an ensemble called Now & Then.  Rob Bartley and Debbie O’Brien and I had been recreating Peter, Paul, and Mary classics in the mid-‘80s; we were a tribute band of sorts.  Then we drew in Danny Zibello and Richard Hicks to add some instrumental expertise (plus Richard’s bass-baritone voice and Danny's high tenor.)  We would assemble a concert’s worth of material (covers of Paul Simon, Crosby/Stills, Jackson Browne, etc.) and play a concert once a year or so. 

After Debbie passed away in 1997, we Now & Then guys put together an album called Eyes Full of Innocence, which included four of my songs.  I still have cassette tapes and CDs in my garage should you want a copy although you will find three of those four songs posted here.

So, most of my writing has come in the twenty-five years of my post-Connecticut life. For many years I went to workshops, attended song-critique sessions (sponsored by the Songwriter’s Association of Washington,) and played in local coffeehouses (although I rarely play in public anymore.)

I released eleven of my songs in 2000 on an album called All Alone … But Hardly On My Own.  The album includes a twelfth song, Debi Smith’s “My Father Was A Quiet Man” which touched amazingly close to home for me, and All Alone ... is still available for sale on iTunes and Amazon (despite the fact that original material can also be downloaded from this site.)  A single recording of a song called “Mrs. Eldredge’s Arm” featuring Tom Paxton is available on iTunes.  (See the “Sixties Folk Sound” genre for a slightly different version.)  Finally, in 2004 I put four other songs on a self-manufactured album called ONE/THIRD.