My mother was a private Classical violin teacher and taught lessons in our home. There was never a moment where I wasn't listening to the music of her students or vinyl records of classical, ancient/medieval, world, and many other types of music on our old turntable.
I was presented with and started playing my first violin at age one and a half. It was a 1/32 size, which is the smallest practical size of violin available. I broke it within the day, ha, but that was to be expected. What was not expected was my taking to the instrument for real, and learning very fast. I mimicked my mother's students and learned the pieces that they played while still in diapers. We have a few precious videos of this, which I will have to bring out one day to share.
Though my childhood and teen years I practiced a lot ---often 5 or 6 hours daily. This sounds excessive, but in the world of competitive classical violin, it is absolutely necessary. I went on to win several competitions, played solos in front of several orchestras, and gave many performances.
Between practice sessions, I loved everything about being outside. The plants, the dirt, and the animals. Even though we lived in a small apartment in the city, I was still able to find small pockets of nature to explore and experience. Even though there are no forests near my home, and most of the fields have been developed, I still try to indulge my love of the natural world by growing pot herbs and keeping the local birds fed.
When I was 15 I started playing Celtic and medieval music with a small group called the Donnybrook Legacy/Sonus. I joined them when they were winding down from major label recording and were doing more laid back local performances. I learned so so much from these 4 amazing musicians.. The music I was exposed to during the four years I worked with them created a love for celtic and ancient music that you can plainly see in my own music style today. From there, I started to pick up many new instruments to learn.
Around the same time I joined them, I began composing music, being very inspired by the beautiful soundtracks of rpg video games like Final Fantasy and Chrono Cross/Trigger. I wrote hundreds of little melodies during this time, with the chief intention of someday becoming a composer of video game scores. I also started writing lyrics, and with the support and urging of those around me, I began to sing.
My goal in songwriting is to help listeners get in touch with their own love the natural world.
Many heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported me on youtube and beyond, and has given me the strength to keep working!
The past 4 years or so have been difficult ones. My voice started to degrade in quality and we couldn't figure out why. I lost my chest register and tried to continue on with just my head/classical voice. However, in the last year and a half that too has become impossible to control and make a nice sound with. The three doctors that I've been to have all given me different vague diagnoses and nothing seemed to help. The last one I went to thought it might be something known as 'silent reflux' which means that acid from my stomach is creeping up and burning my vocal cords. It makes a lot of sense, however, if that is the case, the damage is pretty bad from going undiagnosed for many years. I don't know how long it will take the cords to return to normal. But I have changed my diet completely and done numerous other things to hopefully ensure the acid will stop coming up (if that is the reason). Please wish me luck on my journey in finding a cure for my voice!