Many months ago, as if it were a top-secret military operation Jack Douglas passed along to me John Lennon’s demo of “Grow Old With Me.” He said that Ringo was recording it for his upcoming album and had charged Jack with producing a string arrangement. So I charted it out and made some preliminary sketches. A few months later I re-did that upon hearing Ringo’s version and new key. In early July Jack and I got together to hammer out our first official draft. We sent it off for approval, and got ready to record it with a string quartet. Feedback came back the day before the session with one enthusiastic note—“more!” Happy to oblige, we did that. (Our first draft was a bit conservative as we didn’t want to get anywhere close to “stepping on” Ringo’s vocal, Paul McCartney’s bass, Jim Cox’s, piano, or Joe Walsh’s guitar!!) With the session too close to wait for approval of our revision I prepped the parts to send off to Black Ribbon Printing for the session the following morning. We recorded at United Recorders Studio A (the same room in which I recorded my orchestrations for Dave Porter’s score to Flesh and Bone). The quartet played it down so well, and effortlessly navigated the few changes we got from Ringo in the booth.
A John Lennon song, Paul on bass, and Ringo singing and playing the drums, it just seemed self-evident to get George in there. And we did. Just before the bridge is a subtle nod to George’s “Here Comes the Sun.” Needless to say, I’m very proud be a part of this. Thanks to Jack for bringing me along for the ride.
I have composed music that has been heard on major networks and cable channels around the world, including Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, NASCAR – Daytona 500, WWE, Axe Cop, Kroll Show, and The 2014 Winter Olympics. I have composed scores for various films, including Who Shot Mamba? (2009), and documentaries, including Genius On Hold (2013) and Gardeners of Eden (2014), contributed sweetening and production to numerous recording artists, including Aerosmith, Yoko Ono, The New York Dolls, David Johansen, and many others. I frequently collaborate with record producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith).
I have also orchestrated films and a Golden Globe-winning television drama, Flesh and Bone, composed by Dave Porter. I have also worked behind the scenes on many major Hollywood films preparing music for films such as Joker, Smallfoot, Pete’s Dragon, Star Trek Beyond, Dr. Strange and Sully, varied Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers and video games such as Halo Wars 2 and Star Wars: Battlefront.
One of my proudest accomplishments has been my work with Aerosmith, a band I grew up adoring. I was first thrown into the fire as an intern on Aerosmith's 2004 Honkin' on Bobo. Jack Douglas asked me to provide sweetening to their 2012 album Music from Another Dimension. My work appears on "Another Last Goodbye" and "Closer."
Also around that time I teamed up with filmmaker Casey Tebo to provide music for Aerosmith's live show. Casey and I collaborated on a track that opened up many live shows in South America. Casey also used used this track and some of my work as the first and very last pieces of music in the music video for Aerosmith's single,
By day I'm either working behind the scenes on major Hollywood film scores, or I'm writing music heard around the world in films and TV shows. But later I focus on educating others of all ages with exceptional music lessons.
Conveniently located in Eden Prairie and nearby to Chanhassen, Minnetonka, Edina, Excelsior, Victoria, and Chaska.
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