Music and Soundtrack
I began my professional musical career in the early 1980s in San Francisco, recording and producing albums for local talent and composing for commercials. In 1987, I released my first album, "The Waiting" with Narada Productions. Over the next several years, I released three more records with Narada. During this period, I also scored the Fire Dance scene in the film "Dances With Wolves".
After my few minutes of contribution to "Dances With Wolves", I scored the CBS 8 hour mini-series, "500 Nations". This work led to albums on Epic and Hollywood Records. In 2004, my theatrical show, "Spirit - The Seventh Fire" premiered on the National Mall as part of the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian.
In 2010, "Life Is What You Make It" was published and I took my Concert and Conversation show on the road to support the book. With cellist Michael Kott, I found myself in small town Nebraska and the Forbidden City in Beijing. The book was translated into 15 languages and quoted on a packet of sugar in South Africa!
After writing about The Charitable Industrial Complex in the New York Times, I began to find my voice through essays as well as songs. My childhood memories of growing up in the Civil Rights era were rekindled when Jennifer and I were given the responsibility of guiding the work of the NoVo Foundation. That work continues to find itself reflected in my writing - whether it's music or other works.