About Me/The Project

 In 2002 I recorded an album of my songs that had been collecting in my mind for a number of years. That first album titled, Mended Again, recorded at Millbrook Sound Studio, was "released" in 2003. It was not intended to be available to anyone but me. It is a group of songs that are rock, blues, folk rock, ballads, and a touch of country all mixed together. I was going to put it on a shelf and be able to say, "Well, at least I recorded those songs..." But apparently those songs had other plans. Over the years I learned that I was a singer/songwriter/bandleader, and that music was deeply part of who I am. 

Now, here, in 2016 I am releasing my 8th Album (as a virtual Album) titled "There May Be Dogs" and the cover art is by a very talented young artist named Annabelle Wright. He original Sticker and Crayon On Construction Paper work (see below) is the graphic image that inspired the title. I believe some of my best songs ever are on this collection. Some of them are hard hitting true blue Rock songs:  "Beat The Blues", "Hound Dog Runnin'" "Dead And Gone", "One Woman Man", there is a power ballad version of my favorite song of mine "Hurricane In My Heart" originally recorded with The Clawed Frog on our Kaleidoscope album back in '09, and an equally strong power ballad titled "Put Your Head On My Shoulders", (no, not a Paul Anka cover),  and there are couple of really meaningful ballads, "Those Days Are Over", and "Happiness Will Be Mine". There is a really catchy folksy, semi-Celtic acoustic song titled "Druid Circle" that is about a strange circle of trees that seem just too semetrical to be natural. And perhaps one of my strangest songs ever titled "Chatter Don't Matter" which has the bizarre opening line: "Hannibal and the Romans hated each other's guts, they fought like cats and dogs for years and years." I started making it up in between shoots for The Question Why video a couple of years ago. I like it.

So anyway the journey continues and the songs lead the way. I have been very fortunate to have the support of so many excellent musicians and mentors, family and friends. The only way I can repay the kindness and patience they have shown me is to keep playing out, keep writing songs, and keep on using the music to do good in this world. 
 
All of this has been with the initial blessing of my Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Norlha Rinpoche, the Abbott of Kagyu Thubten Choling monastery right nearby in Dutchess County. He gave the project the title of "Joyful Garden of Melodious Song and Dance". So it is the inner energy and spirit of the songs and the support of my friends, family, and fans who have made this all happen. As I said above, "Those songs had other plans..." Peace, Eric