Grew up in St. Louis, BMus/MMus, most of PhD/Mus. Music and Dance critic for MKE Journal and then Journal Sentinel for 27 years. August 2009 left the paper and joined www.thirdcoastdaily.com
as senior editor and part owner. Left TCD Sept. 2, 2013, now an independent blogger, writer, lecturer and teacher.
Married to Lee Ann Garrison, a painter and art professor at the University of Wis.-Milwaukee, since 1976. 3 sons, 31, 28, 22.