Who Is Jetplane?
Just me. . . . one guy. .
Jetplane is the name of my virtual band that consists of one member. . . me. . . . I play, and record all the parts in my music. And with a little help from some friends I would like to share it with you. So just click on a post or a category over there to the right and start listening. Or , you can read the short bio below first. OR, go to the “short story” category to read something I am working on. It’s up to you. Just stick around a while. For best results, CRANK IT UP LOUD!
MY LIFE SO FAR
Born in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1961, I grew up as a single child raised by my mother. She instilled in me my love for music. She had dreams of the opera that was never realized, however she sang and played hymns on the living room piano for hours on end. Early in life I learned to read music first taking piano lessons. Later I joined my elementary school band, and sang in the church choir. In high school I started learning the guitar and played for the high school stage band at William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Va. After school, I played with my first Rock band called “Hot Copper”. We were terrible, but that’s usually the way it goes with teenage garage bands just starting out. Influences by then were Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws, Bad Company, and chiefly any classic rock icon of the late seventies.
After high school, I went to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Here,I got my first real taste of a true musical atmosphere in all the talent around me. Fellow alumni were Steve Vai, Melissa Etheridge, and I was just on the heels of Wynton Marsalis’ time there. Although I gained a better understanding of the importance of discipline, practice, and technique, I became too restless and impatient and left the school.(a decision I regret to this day) I went to New York to try a living at performing but wound up sleeping in the woods in a tent. Ha Ha!
I went back to Roanoke, got a job in construction work, and learned many construction trades, I got married, got divorced, drank myself damn near into poverty and never had any stable home or serious relationships. All through this however, I never lost sight of my music.
I spent nearly ten years writing, developing, and arranging one song. It started out called The Wishing Song, and later became simply “Wish Song”.
Now, I am a Meatcutter at a Kroger in Roanoke, but I still write music; now more than ever. I play with no band in particular, but will sit-in at the merest suggestion…..I live now, alone in Elliston, Va. and the story is continuing………