I began playing piano by ear with chords at age of four. My father taught me many songs by ear, and though I then took piano lessons, I quit because I was not interested in classical songs and wanted to learn popular songs but didn’t know what they were called.
At thirteen took up banjo. At fourteen guitar. Played Kingston Trio and folk tunes with friends. Picked up piano again, now that I knew what popular songs were. Played in a rock and roll band at Andover called "The Torqués", where one of the "screamers" in the band was George Bush. Recorded an album. Took guitar lessons for two years. At Princeton University, took harmony courses with the late Walter Nollner and formed another band "The Nightwatch". Played drums in the marching band. Co-wrote two Nightwatch songs. Developed repertoire of 115 songs, including singing five-part Beach Boy songs. We recorded a 45 for ABC-Paramount. Learned drums and bass during this time also.
Senior year, after The Nightwatch, created an anti-smoking film "Draggin’ The Tragic Puff", doing all the music for it on multi-track tape recorder, including writing new humorous lyrics to TV commercials and the title song.
For my grandmother’s 75th birthday, wrote a lyrical song about her life that harmonized to the tune of "Happy Birthday" and performed this harmony with my three sisters.
During Peace Corps, learned trumpet.
Back home, while working at Encyclopaedia Britannica films, wrote songs like "Dreams are Not for Me" for educational films.
In 1970’s, continued writing jingles for radio, composing popular songs, doing multi-track work, including four-part harmonies. Wrote and performed the theme song for a minor feature film called "Divine Obsession".
At IBM in the 1980’s, working in corporate spectaculars, wrote two songs performed in front of 1,200-person audiences: "One Perfect Day", sung by former Miss America Vonda van Dyke and the humorous "Coffee Break Song", featuring Broadway actors choreographed by a Broadway choreographer who was an assistant to Michael Bennett.
In 1990’s wrote theme song for movie I wrote (Peeveman) called "Payback Time". Wrote "Waves of Love". Wrote and recorded on multiple tracks, entire album of songs for my girlfriend’s birthday, including a song "Heartmate" in the style of Elvis Presley.
Wrote 13 educational and documentary films for Encyclopaedia Britannica, winning Chris Awards, Cine Golden Eagle Awards, and New York Film Festival Blue Ribbon Award.
Wrote unproduced screenplay about a blackout called "Candle at Dawn".
Wrote unpublished novel based on the screenplay called "Fear Factory".
Wrote nine nationally-published articles on a variety of topics , including a humorous one called "Hurricane Farce" about an Alabama town that passed a law prohibiting hurricanes from crossing its city line.
Wrote an advertising column "Advice for the Adlorn" for American Advertising Magazine.
Wrote comedy for IBM corporate spectaculars. Created award-winning show on history of lasers for IBM. Wrote, produced and directed video short "IBM 9333" for IBM corporate spectaculars in 1981 on premise of "What if IBM made coffee?" So successful, it’s still being shown now, 23 years later.
In 1990’s, for CEO Lou Gerstner of IBM, for worldwide top manager’s meeting, rewrote all the translation captions for IBM’s "Solutions for a Small Planet" campaign for comic intent. Hugely successful.
Wrote full 25-page treatment for film comedy, Peeveman.
Wrote 10,000-word essay in 1997 "The Universe Has no Clothes" on how to integrate all the social and physical sciences.
In 2003, wrote article on how Broadway could utilize database marketing to fill seats, for Direct Marketing magazine online, as the lead article. Was the most read article they ever had. Presented a 44-page initiative based on the same principles in 2003 to Jed Bernstein, President of the League of American Theatres and Producers.
In 2003, created a 30-page presentation for the Broadway Television Network on how to brand, position and increase sales. Wrote a business case for the Broadway Theatre Institute for a theatre museum in Times Square.