is a summa cum laude graduate of the Ear and Eye Institute for the Possibly Talented (EEIPT) of Buffalo, NY. 1971
I am a musician, lyricist, artist, author, composer, photographer and instructor in each discipline. I have won some awards such as 4 Daytime EMMYs for children's music for WPBT Ch. 2 Miami (PBS,) some film score awards, etc. I also have won awards as an artist in shows and such. My favorite musician is Paul McCartney
overall but for guitarists I dig - Robert Fripp, Larry Coryell, Allan Holdsworth, Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Pass and Joe Walsh.
As a guitarist vocalist and bassist, I have performed and recorded with hundreds (maybe thousands) of people. I can't even document it all, but there's a list at the bottom of this box.
As a music composer, I have written songs and jingles for PBS,
Times/Mirror, Legacy for Life, Chaos Films, RC Cola,
The Discovery Channel and many, many more.
As an author, I have written "The Guitar Explained",
"The Art Of Pencil", "The Art Of Graphic Art".
I have done mucho photography for personal and business applications, real estate companies, etc.
As an artist, I have my own photo restoration company which is called Trickphoto.com. I have much that can be seen here on this site through the PSM ART link. I have created posters for bands and business cards, logos, etc. Here are my most recent works.
I was born in Buffalo, New York a long, long time ago to the strangest people I have ever known...I don't know why I became such an artist except that my great-aunt on my mom's side was an opera star in the 1920's named Cosma Vullo, wife of Cosmo Vullo! Her brother, my great-uncle Anthony Gervase, was a concert violinist by age 15 I'm told, but he died from Spinal Meningitis by age 21 - a waste, but that's life. I tried to get his violin, but got nowhere.
Mainly, it is all the fault of two people that I am the way I am -
You know Sir Paul and how kids like me were thunderbolted by the Beatles on Ed Sullivan on February 9th, 1964, but "Doc" Lalli was my art teacher and he taught me that, artistically at least, ANYTHING was possible, and that if you could see it in your mind (or hear it in your crazy head) that you could paint it, draw it, compose it ... so I do! Note to students - you never stop!!
I consider it an honor to be able to do what I do, so I do not drink anything but filtered water and excellent coffee, I don't smoke anything and I don't do any drugs, and there you have it...so keep trying to do what it is that YOU do and get inspiration from me if you can, as I drew a lifetime of inspiration from Doc and Sir Paul.
Here's a short list of some of the famous people I have played with and each name is linked to Wikipedia: