Because I come from generations of poets and musicians, it follows that I am fascinated with lyrics and the music of various genres. My most recent collection of original songs, Random Acts of Music, includes a spectrum of styles, from “swampy” rock, to mellow love songs, to country dance music. Several talented musicians, including family members, contributed to the evolution of each song.
I love vocal harmonies in flowing melodies, and I also enjoy driving, powerful rhythms. My themes are universal, the ages and stages of life. Some of my songs spring from a phrase or refrain, and some flower fully grown. For the most part, I write the words and music, but sometimes I collaborate with my wife, Cheryl Barney Durr, my love and muse.
Original music has been an ongoing part of my long professional music career, and while I have enjoyed performing interpretations of cover songs, I have always included original songs as part of my repertoire. In addition to my recent solo release, my songwriting can be heard on the album Home Grown, Our Own, also on IAC Records.