I grew up in the Boston area in the heyday of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Judy Collins. I could often be found with my guitar case open in front of the Harvard Coop, (before you needed a license or an amplifier), or at home banging away at Beethoven, Bach, or Chopin on piano.
In college, unable to decide between music and medicine I graduated with a degree in Philosophy and worked as a cook at Passim's just to watch the performers. I studied blues guitar with Geoff Bartley, played at The Nameless Coffeehouse, Back Room at the Idler, and even made it onstage at Passims for open mic nights. During this period I developed vocal cord problems and lost my ability to sing. I made the difficult decision to return to school and pursue medicine.
I continued to sing and write songs when time allowed. Then after many years, I decided to return home to Boston and the music community I had loved. I took time off to attend the Berklee Summer Program but teaching and attending in the city's busiest trauma center, a baby, a textbook, and an associate professorship in medicine managed to carve away another 10 years until 2008 when I found Tom Eaton and rediscovered my voice.
I recorded not the whether of summer live in Tom's studio in 2008 with Paul Kochanski, Billy Novick, and Kristen Miller. It was the best time I’d ever had in my life.
Many of the songs on not the whether of summer got airplay, making the Folk DJ list for 2009 with Winter in April placing 16th on the Folk DJ list in April 0f 2009. Several of the songs on the CD also received songwriting awards. Tom and I have teamed up again for Pretty House and I had the pleasure of working with Paul, Kristen, and Billy, along with other wonderful musicians.
My sound is eclectic, not easily pigeonholed, but influenced by many people. Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Ella, Billie, Tom Waitts, Jane Siberry, Dory Previn, showtunes, Chopin, and Tom Lehrer, are but a few.