I began Strange Markings as a way to share my heart with the world. I started out far away from where I am now, with the weight of fear pushing my head down–I couldn’t look anyone in the eye. It was embarrassing to hear my voice played back on a mini-cassette tape. It’s getting better now, thanks to the support and encouragement of a few very close friends. This music is my life’s work. I think there’s nothing better than music. I love the magic trick of senses and memories being triggered by something invisible, yet containable. I didn’t know what I was doing at first, I had no musical training until I was in my 20s, and I’m not sure I know much more now. It’s getting easier to understand what is happening, though. I’m not a confident musician, I don’t play out much but I’m slowly learning to perform better over time. I’ve been lucky enough to play & record with some fantastic musicians, and their talents help my ideas become more pleasing to the ear.
Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Adam Stehr & bassist Ryan Hailey form the current foundation of the group with me. Kellii Scott plays drums on the first 2 records. Gregg Foreman plays keys. Dan Aquarian, Josh Jove, Taylor Locke & Billy Wesley have all contributed guitars. Dan Allaire, Jason Morris and Rob Columbus play drums on some recordings.
I hope the music has some value for you. I am always trying to grow, and with each song I strive to come closer to expressing clearly with music what can’t be expressed any other way.
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