A Bit About Me

I’m a scouser, born in Bootle near Liverpool in 1956. I grew up in the era of the Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Mott The Hoople, Free, Yes, Crosby Stills and Nash and so many more. Wow, was I lucky to have been born at that time. My only regret is that for quite a few of those bands I was too young to go and see them in their very early days. Anyway they provided me with the foundation of great music that has been with me ever since.

At the ripe old age of 16 (actually 2 days before my 17th birthday) I joined the Royal Navy as an Artificer Apprentice and after 2 years of training in my apprenticeship I volunteered for the Submarine Service where I served the next 21 years until I retired from the Navy in 1996 as a Nuclear Chief Of The Watch at the age of 40. Wow what a ride that was ! There’s a book there I’m sure but that’s for another day. 

After a few jobs in civvy street including Project Engineer at Aldermaston, Regional Manager at Vision Express, Director of my own computer training company in Wigan for 5 years and IT Manager of a domestic abuse charity I started life as a self employed web designer which is where I am today. 

Through all of those years along with my family music has been with me on my journey and in many instances has sustained me and also provided comfort during difficult times. My taste in music is varied from rock and pop to jazz, electronic, rap, fusion and classical and others. Basically if it’s pleasing to my ears I like it ! 

I live in Lancashire with my wife of 42 years, Wilma and I have a grown up daughter and son who each have a boy and girl of their own so I have 4 amazing grandchildren two aged 6 and two aged 8 (as I write this April 2020). Hoping to get them all hooked on music too 🙂 Here they are below.

 I’ve had a guitar since I was a boy but never had any lessons. I started playing keyboards when I was a young Petty Officer in the Royal Navy and I went to lessons for about 12 months which was great.

I’m not a very accomplished guitarist or keyboard player much to my frustration and I meet people quite often that can play my musical instruments much better than I can !! 🙁 At the end of the day I know enough about the software that I use and instruments that I play to be able to put together a toon !!! That’s good enough for me.

Anyway, enough about me let’s get back to the MUSIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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