“You can write anything!” – Andrea Stolpe, multiplatinum songwriter, performing artist, and educator at Berklee College of Music.
And so it began.
Her words, after 12 weeks of early morning and late night writing, editing, and recording sessions, encouraged me that this desire in my heart was also something I was pretty good at.
My musical journey began in my teens when my friends and I decided to start a band. We each decided what we wanted to play but then came the important task of first buying the instrument and then learning the instruments. I chose guitar because my musical heroes at the time were Peter Frampton, Eddie Van Halen, and of course, Jimmy Page. Not knowing anything about music or guitar and not having enough money to take lessons, I chose to teach myself the Led Zeppelin classic Stairway to Heaven from a book of Led Zeppelin tablature I purchase from my new discovery Flatts and Sharpe music on Sheridan Road in Chicago.