Growing up, my parents just were not the kind of folks that imposed anything on me due to their fanaticism. Although we were exposed and offered the opportunity to participate in many youth activities, we were not forced to do cub scouts or play organized sports. As a result, I recall trying scouting, Judo, tennis, volleyball, chess, art and others, but it was those guitar lessons that really stuck. From the first grade I began learning how to play guitar, certainly fighting the rigorous practice regiment along the way, but subconsciously my overall appreciation for music really evolved. I remember buying albums and 45's and recording them to cassettes, duplicating the album cover artwork by hand and spending hours of down time in my room listening and keeping occupied with music related activities.