After throwing myself relentlessly at a career in music for over 10 years, burned out and flat broke, I needed a change, so in 1992 I decided that it was time to leave the smoke filled bars and clubs, and experience life from a new perspective.

 

Little did I know that I was embarking on a journey of adventures that would take me all over the world, and that I would experience and see things that many people only dream of, or read about in books. My hiatus from music would allow me to explore a side of myself that longed for excitement. 

 

Earlier, as a Navy deep sea diver, I already got a taste of the thrilling life I was setting off to find.  Stationed in Guam aboard a submarine tender, I would encounter many situations that were very risky, but when you’re young, you seem to feel invincible, yet those were the times I felt most alive.

 

This is me, getting prepped for a deep dive, (dig those sideburns and mustache eh!)

Back to 92, not really knowing where I was headed, or what I wanted to do, I stumbled upon skydiving, and fell in love with a sport that was highly dangerous, taking the lives of many of my close friends along the way. But if you are infected with the adrenaline bug, when it comes to danger, you are like a moth attracted to a flame. There is something inexplicable that draws you in, even though you know you are staring into the abyss. There is also something incredibly exciting about being able to function at a high-level, even when your heart is pounding, your palms are sweating like crazy, and you could easily be killed.

 

This was the time when skysurfing (jumping out of a plane with a board similar to a snowboard strapped to your feet, and spinning and flipping around) was the rage, I fell in love with skysurfing, and began training and competing.

 

My good friend Patrick De Gayardon, a French skydiver who pioneered skysurfing and the wing-suit, was one of those rare people you meet that could permanently affect your view of what is possible when the mind is free to imagine.

 

(This is Patrick and I, having fun, shortly before he was tragically killed perfecting the wing-suit in Hawaii, I’m on the left.)

I also had a lot of fun goofing around with stunts. This is me on a wakeboard, although it looks like I am getting towed through the air, the ski rope is actually only ten feet long and another skydiver is holding the other end. We were trying to achieve an impossible looking shot for a magazine ad. (Amazing how many people actually believed that I was getting towed by a plane!)

It was during this time that ESPN created what is now known as the X-Games, and I was asked to be a commentator for what would be a marquee event, skysurfing. This in turn would open the door for a career in television, (funny how life works!)

And later, I received a call from a movie stunt coordinator, and found myself doubling Vin Diesel in the major motion Picture Triple-X.

 

I would have to undergo hours of makeup each morning as they glued a latex-rubber mask to my face that made me look like a somewhat puffy-faced Vin-Diesel, and then jump out of a helicopter at 16,000 feet above snowcapped mountains with a snowboard strapped to my feet, fly my chute down the slopes, land the snowboard on the mountain, cut my chute away and snowboard for a few hundred yards before they called “Cut”

 

This is me, geared up and wearing the stunt-mask, before a jump.

(I look just like Vin Diesel eh!)  

 

Here’s a shot of me flying over the mountains at 14,000 feet

During the filming of this movie, I made 5 jumps a day for about  a week straight.

And on the last jump of the last day, (of course) I was almost killed.  The chopper flew directly in front of me and my chute collapsed and spun into a twisted mess.  I almost splatted against a rocky outcrop of the mountain.  Luckily my chute popped open just before impact, and I lived to write more songs

As I was feeling very Extreme these days,

I had the opportunity to try other forms of board-riding,

so I figured I needed a haircut to match,

Yup, that’s me with a spiked Mohawk, riding a long-board.

 

Fast forward a few more years, and I started a TV company, BEI inc, which is also my record label.   As if skydiving wasn’t dangerous enough, I now found myself filming mako sharks in the open sea,  getting slammed by alligators in the swamps, getting chased by bears through the forest, ( I could go on, but you get the picture.)

So what does all of this have to do with my return full-circle to Music - The one thing I am more passionate about than anything?

 

Well, without a doubt, I have a heck of a lot more to write about, and more life experience to draw from when I am writing songs, but I am also ready for this phase of my life in a way I have never been before. I just wasn’t ready to succeed as a recording artist my first go-around. But now, I have no doubt… and no fear that music is what I am absolutely meant to do.

 

The most important thing for me is that the songs I write, record, and perform truly move people, and I hope they move you to listen in a new way.

Open your mind and heart and I bet that will happen! 

 

See you at the next show!

 

 

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