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     I was born in Oklahoma/Fort Sill (disputed Comanche land) June, 1964. My father was a German air force pilot and my mother a native Texan. We were stationed in the U.S. for only a short time and then returned to Germany. My family (which includes my sister Brigitte) moved eight times throughout Germany during this period. I attended first grade in a British boarding school and second to eleventh grade in German upper level schools. During this time I picked up my first electric guitar (Framus Atlantik), fulfilling a personal prophesy born of little Kimberly chasing me through her house - trying to kiss me, when I hid in a closet, in which I found an acoustic guitar with 3 magically tuned strings.
     I learned to play guitar from Lucien Williams and Robert McIntire in Ramstein Airbase/West Germany around 1976. The benefit of being an Air force brat included coming into contact with many different people, ideas, traditions, cultures and countries. The downside was having to leave all my friends behind every time we moved.
     I bought my first Ibanez Iceman in '78 (...thanks dad) and dreamed of becoming a rock star. We moved back to the U.S. in 1981 and I graduated from  High School the same year. A year afterward, I joined the U.S. Army and became a reservist. I also rented a piano and began learning to play by ear in 1982.
     I played in two bands, doing cover tunes and eventually began recording my own songs together with Celsus Solar on a Fostex 4-track recorder. We wrote countless songs together and separately, based mostly on piano and guitar for around 5 1/2 years.  My mother supported me whole heartedly in my endeavor.
As a team Celsus and I collaborated on several songs. Independently we wrote some of our best, but nevertheless copyrighted them together, just like Lennon and McCartney (...something I don't recommend you should ever do.)
     During this time I had worked as a musician, florist, Army reservist, liquor store salesman (thanks to Celsus), harvesting crab grass, teacher substitute and a Sound Warehouse employee (thanks to Raul Treviņo). In the 1980's I met several musicians such as John Dale, Albert Besteiro, Ricky Del Castillo, Jorge Garcia, Jon Douglas and David Valdez, who all inspired me with their zest for music and different styles. I also collaborated with Itzel Medina Garcia, over a period of three years (5 of our collaborations can be heard on "Daddy's Home".
     After moving  with Celsus and Gus Aguilar (awesome drummer who eventually earned his doctorate in percussion) to Austin, I quickly became disillusioned with the whole scene. So, I copped out and left them hanging, so to speak; immediately returning to college life, back home.
     During those years, I had a second calling, inspired by the few friends who meant so much to me at the time. I  decided that my forte might include helping people by teaching and motivating them to solve their problems. It seemed more rewarding than solving my own. So, I decided to study psychology. I completed my bachelor's degree in May of 1989. I immediately joined the Alternative Certification Program and began teaching handicapped students in the fall. I soon married my wife Christine, who was completing her teaching degree in Deaf Education. Three and a half years later, I became a public school counselor, with a master's degree in psychological counseling. That stunt lasted 16 years, during which we raised our two boys Sebastian and Ziggy. I have since retired from education and now build electric guitars, while I continue to search for answers to meaning and purpose.
     Then it all bubbled up again. Over the years, I had kept up with recording technology and learned on and off how to record properly without composing much of anything. In February, 2018 after seeing the writing on the wall (health), I decided to convert my garden house/workshop into a temporary recording studio. I began re-recording most of the songs from scratch, digitally and with all the maturity I desperately lacked in the 80's.
From the first song "Sweet Pollyanne" to the last song "Codependent Lover", 85 in all (though there are at least 50 more buried somewhere in the Library of Congress). By end of October, I felt like I was 20 again, and my health began improving (I think?).






Dr. Peter B Gawenda

My dad on the left, 1950.
Ramstein Airbase 1977
My 14th birthday party. Little Mika
is in ther. Her dad worked for
Pres. Carter.






My mother and I, somewhere
in Europe 1979.
My best friend Michael Stern and I in Hamburg, Germany 1980. That's the first electric guitar I built. 'Still have it!
My best college buds and inspirational
best friend Christina Galvan (far right)
back in 1982.
   
My sister Brigitte, who has stood by me through thick and thin and always offers help when needed.
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Celsus Solar
1983

A positive influence on me, and a best friend, with whom I collaborated on many songs.
Itzel Medina Garcia1986
My best friend and collaborator.
medon.jpg (8608 bytes) A gift from
Don Henley
/The Eagles
(...'thought I'd brag a bit)
1990
My second Ibanez Iceman. After dreaming about finding one at an antique market, I found one the following week at an antique market.
Communion cover.jpg (61179 bytes) One of my stories was published in Whitley Strieber's best-selling book "The Communion Letters".
The names and places were changed to keep me anonymous at the time. If you have the book, read the section called "Rotten Apples In The Army".
My wife Christine, and my
two sons Sebastian and Ziggy (2002).
My hyperactive Starbucks friend Kyle Voreis, who continuously inspires me to think that anything is possible. I did, after all record 85 songs in 9 months.
(...you're still an asshole Kyle. And yes,
I still love you)
One of my customers comparing a "Jerry Garcia" Tiger I built, with the real thing at a museum. Pretty cool, eh?
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

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