About myself: I spent over twenty-five years on the road (living out of a bus, hotel room and suitcase), playing music professionally, tour managing and now teach private guitar, bass, keyboards, ukulele and voice lessons (as well as tutoring in math and the sciences) out of my studio. I still like performing the occasional live show as well (and currently play in a trio, an acoustic duo and even solo sometimes), if for no other reason to prove to myself (and my students) that I still can. I've played over 4000 shows in over 40 states, and so have traveled far and often--probably why I enjoy being so much of a homebody and a local now--and have long since abandoned any feelings of wanderlust. A few months ago, I started cycling again (after nearly 40 years) on the Montour Trail and am really enjoying it--both as a way to relax my mind and as some great exercise.
Likes: music (obviously--playing, teaching, watching a good live band, listening to it at home), intelligent conversation, humor (making people laugh and people who make me laugh), non-linear thinkers (that is, able to formulate and articulate an original thought or opinion based on your own information gathering--as opposed to just repeating something you've heard someone else say), motivated people, hikes on the trail, sunshine, fresh air, teaching, any movie with triumph of the human spirit as its theme, positive energy, truth, math and the sciences, songwriting and recording, accomplishment and achievement (what you've done rather than who you think you know). Pittsburgh (Phoenix and Las Vegas during winter), coffee (ground from whole beans) in the morning, fruit, and freshly popped hot buttered popcorn,
Dislikes: so-called "reality" shows (watching to what depths people will sink for money, while real enough, is not entertaining to me), smoking (too many years in nightclubs breathing other people's smoke I guess), the life and times of celebrities (absolutely could NOT possibly care less), mean people, people who insist upon forcing their religious and/or political beliefs upon others (I love an honest debate and/or dialog--just at some point we have to agree to disagree), insincerity, dishonesty, texting (disabled on my cell--no use for it--call me, email, Skype or FB messenger), excuses,"woe is me" mentalities--enough of that.
Aspirations: only to continue to be a positive musical influence on my students and to hope that everyone that I meet is better for having known me. This is less of an ego driven thing and more of a conscious effort on my part--to be someone worth having known. I've done everything musically that I ever imagined doing. It would have been nice to have gotten rich along the way, but I don't spend a lot of time lamenting over such things. Mostly, I feel fortunate that I still am able to do what I do well and should be able to continue doing it well into my golden years--am working on finishing an "album" (if they even call it this anymore) by the summer.
Type of person I'd like to meet: someone who cares for me as much as I do them. After years in night clubs, I have lost any fascination for that lifestyle (i.e. "one night stands") that I may have ever had. Weight proportional to height (mine is). I'm not trying to be unkind, only saying that it is important to take care of one's self--sound body, sound mind. I'd like to spend the next thirty years or so being happy and making someone else as happy as well. Life truly is too short.
Favorite sayings (and I'm paraphrasing a bit):
"It's better to set your goal a million miles away and only go one mile than to set it a half mile away and achieve it"
"If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember anything"
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
I know what I enjoy doing, and it's not always terribly exciting, so I'd be completely open to trying something new and different, and see where that takes us--meeting somewhere for coffee is always nice. I truly don't have the slightest idea other than to let it go in whatever direction it may, and take on a life of its own. Sorry for being vague, but it's all I can come up with in the here and now.
I work in night clubs when I'm not teaching, so anything involving drinking is a bit of a negative for me. I find that most people that call themselves "social" drinkers are much more than that--for me, it's "rarely if ever". I'd rather we both be thinking clearly and sentient as we're getting to know each other.