A Musical Life
Words and Books
Greetings from the Pacific Northwest.
I live in historic Jacksonville, in the beautiful Rogue Valley of southern Oregon, surrounded by mountains. Jacksonville was a mid-19th century boom town, the site of the 1852 Oregon Gold Rush, and today it is steeped in rich and colorful history. (The street that passes in front of my house was once the route of the Oregon Trail and the overland stage.) The town is a thriving community of people who all enjoy living in an architecturally picturesque National Historic Landmark.
Inspired by the stories of the mid-19th century American West, I created the Pioneer History in Songs and Stories concert series. It combines history, story telling, and music. Our first CD of the material will appear in the spring of 2017.
Carmel Impresarios, a book I published in 2014, tells the story of the two extraordinary women who helped make Carmel an artistic hot spot in the 1920s and 1930s, and founded the Carmel Bach Festival in 1935. The 400-page book is a definitive history of music and theater in early Carmel California.
For more than 40 years I traveled the world as an opera and concert soloist and there is plenty of information on this website about that, via the links on the sidebar to the left. I've been truly blessed with life of music.
In 2011 I co-founded Lucky Valley Press with my wife, Ginna Gordon. We provide high-end individualized design, publishing, and consulting services for indie authors who want their print books and ebooks to be published their way.
Drop me a line if you'd like to connect about any of these things, and thanks again for visiting!