Growing up in the Midwest, in the seventies, was a time laced with rebellion and hope, which became quite apparent after I played my first professional show at age five. Just a few short weeks after that serendipitous moment, my stepfather was arrested for disturbing the peace while rehearsing with his band at our house. At that moment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life.
In the next decade, I put a band together that eventually became The Front. We basically made a career out of doing the opposite of everything anybody tried to tell us to do, which eventually lead us to a contract with Columbia Records and manager, Doc McGhee.
Our first album was released in 1989/90 and it did pretty well. We broke a single, Fire, which charted in the top 40, and the video received heavy rotation at MTV. We toured the world, twice, with Lenny Kravitz, Alice Cooper, and Aerosmith, to name a few.
In the next couple of years the name of the band was changed to Bakers Pink and our label changed to Epic. The self-titled album was released in 1993 and we hit the road again. By the end of this tour it was apparent that everyone was growing and moving in different directions. Although we were still good friends, we knew it was time to move on.
So, I did the practical thing and moved to Australia. After this hiatus I started writing and playing again, and several months later wound up back in New York. I toyed with the idea of putting a band together, but it never felt right.
I was approached to do some music for Party of Five and Melrose Place. It was a lot of fun. That led to a song, and a role, in Woody Allen’s film Celebrity. This led to the opportunity to score a couple of short films, including Lynn’s Wake which took “Best Overall” at the Greek Film Festival and went Top 5 at a few others.
As much as I love film work, I started to miss playing and writing for me, so I began composing a new generation of music. In 1998 I released a solo record entitled, “You“, under the name Michael Moon, a nickname given to me by my father, on Mutiny Records. Though the album was more or less a collection of demos, the CD was well received and got great reviews.
In the early 2000s Mike Greene and I did a series of shows throughout the Midwest playing with Cheap Trick and the B52s, and we worked on a project in 2001/2002 that was really very good, but the time wasn’t really right for a full on thing. Mike’s brother Todd Greene (bass) and Craig Summy (drums) rounded out the band. It was a lot of fun and we played some great shows, but it was tough because I was living in Miami and they were all in Kansas City.
Around that time, I became an event producer working on everything from sporting and corporate events to working with the White House and a few Presidents. That led into a period of time where I wasn’t writing anything. I felt like I was chasing the radio so I basically just stopped around 2003/2004. For the first time since junior high school, I wasn’t writing songs…
Then all of a sudden, it began again. One day I picked up my guitar, put a capo on the fifth fret, and this amazing sound just came out. I started writing pretty consistently after this and haven’t stopped. Today, the devil is still smiling and humming along; you know, I’ve never had an angel on my shoulder. It’s just me and my guitar; no band, just a good right hand.