1. Where were you born and when did you discover music?
Bluminou Brazil. Not sure of the spelling.  Music? Probably took to music in the early 60’s on my transister radio. Went to sleep with the radio on my tummy.

2. Musically who or what inspired you to play and who do you admire as a musician?
Nobody really inspired me. I just like music. Not really inspired by any one musician. Just like music that’s catchy to me.

 3. Do you have any formal training???  If so, where did you study and who have you studied under?
Didn’t apply or get accepted to Juilliard. I was informally trained by listening to albums and trying to follow along on my bass. The bass was just easier to play than a 6 string. You know, 2 less strings to figure out.

4. How did you arrive at your current instrument(s)?

Easiest thing for me to play. Never tried the tambourine.

5. When you write/play what are you trying to do or say with your music?
Just trying to get it right or make it sound better.

6. What other interests outside of music do you have or had?
Basketball, Baseball, Softball, football, Hunting, Fishing, skiing, hiking  and girls until I got married. Then went to girls again when we had 2 along with a boy.

7. What do you consider your greatest accomplishments?
Raising 3 kids who are married, have jobs and don’t live at home.

8. What are your musical goals?
Play music that most people like.

9. Any words of advice to anyone, about anything?
Not really. Just be content with what you have.

10. If you could have lunch with three people, living or dead who would they be?  Why?
If they’re paying, I’ll have lunch with pretty much anybody.

11. If you were stranded on a deserted island what 5 albums would you take with you? Why?
With no electricity, it really wouldn’t matter. Plus, if I had to listen to same 5 albums all the time I’d go nuts.

12. If you could play another instrument what would it be?  Why?
6 string lead guitar, but only if I could play like Clapton, Duane Allman, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, etc. You get the drift.

13. What is your favorite song?
Whatever I'm listening to all the way to the end.

14. Favorite singer?
Kristen Johnson

15. Favorite drummer?
Brian Legere

16. Favorite bassist?
Whoever plays on the songs I listen to all the way through.

17. Favorite keyboardist?
Same as 16.

18. Favorite guitarist?
Same as 16

19. If you were to have any superpower what would it be?
Heal the sick, feed the hungry and pick the winning lottery numbers.

20. Favorite food?
Ballsville Style Tacos

21. Favorite movie?
All the Star Wars, Star Trek and Rambo movies along with a gazillion others I could watch over and over.

22. Favorite actor/actress?
The people who star in those movies.

23. Favorite car?
The one that gets me where I’m trying to go.

24. Favorite place to vacation?
Don’t really need a vacation but always like Orlando.

25. Motivational phase that you love?
Be happy.

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