Hometown: Kaufman, TX
Experience: 36 Years...thousands and thousands of hours playing, yet I feel like I'm only NOW getting started! LOVE music...listening to it as well as arranging, writing and recording it. I really hope you like my stuff and look forward to hearing from you.
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Single Track Selections - 98¢ each Total Plays 16,174
|God Rest Ye Merry Exorcists||Lyrics||504|
|Oh come oh come Emannuel||Lyrics||648|
|Oh Holy Night||Lyrics||673|
|Ode to Pachabel's Drummer Boy||Lyrics||717|
|Chopin it up||Lyrics||794|
|A minor Ultra Violins||Lyrics||713|
|You Saved Me (My testimony song)||Lyrics||606|
|Carol of the Bells||219|
|Oh Little Town of Bethlehem||210|
|We Three Thundrous Kings||207|
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About the Artist
About the Musician
Neil was forced, by his mother (thanks mom....no, i mean it!), to take one year of guitar lessons at the age of seven. His guitar teacher Pete was a certified genius across the boards and inventor of the self sealing tire... though a severe task master and tyrant to his guitar students. (“It was a tough intro to music...thou
About the Musician
Neil was forced, by his mother (thanks mom....no, i mean it!), to take one year of guitar lessons at the age of seven. His guitar teacher Pete was a certified genius across the boards and inventor of the self sealing tire... though a severe task master and tyrant to his guitar students. (“It was a tough intro to music...though in a weird way ...kind of good too.”)
So Neil completed his obligatory “year of fear” then decided to teach himself to play. Even after making an abysmal showing and receiving a “D-minus” in Music Theory 101 in High School he spent countless hours learning guitar, banjo and later piano (cutting many classes at the University of Connecticut so as to use the Steinway grand piano in the auditorium for practice) and managed to learn how to play by ear.
He auditioned for his first restaurant gig playing “Greensleeves” and was hired on the spot. Since he, at the time, had only one or two other songs on his song list he played variations of these tunes for the entire 3 hour gig and by some miracle was well received and thereafter hired wherever he auditioned.
Later, having played the finest restaurants and hotels in the northeast including the Mayflower Inn (Washington) and the Drake Hotel (Chicago) Neil has overcome a nearly pathological fear of “tech” and is recording music in his home studio. He is, after inheriting a family heirloom Stainer violin from his Grandfather, also taking on the challenge of teaching himself “fiddle” just as he did with the other instruments: “kind of a reverse-engineering approach….first I learn how NOT to play the instrument, then the rest just falls into place after several thousand hours of ‘wood shedding.’.
Neil’s preferred music involves “semi classical, love songs, movie themes and other haunting forms of elevator music as well as a new appreciation for contemporary Christian,” but with a song-menu of nearly 150 tunes, he is well equipped to play your favorites, even if they don’t happen to be on the list! At Neil’s live gigs, be ready for audience participation and "sing alongs" either on guitar or piano...lounge lizard style! (bring those song requests! He loves the challenge and is about 90% on fielding requests) because Neil is doing this for fun and to bring glory to the One who gave us music in the first place! He does not for a second take his musical gift for granted, nor even take much credit for it personally as it is Truly a GIFT from a very Loving Creator. Wonderful gifts are meant to be shared. That is what I.....errrr......Neil wants to do.
P.S. I interviewed myself for this “musical bio.” It was fun! The interviewer made me feel really relaxed and did a great job. Let me know what you think of my music! I welcome any and ALL input including suggestions and constructive criticism. Thanks!
Oh yeah...almost forgot. I used the "lyrics" tab to give some background narrative on the songs. Check em out!
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