Bio - Alan Babbitt
I’ve been a musical dabbler for most of my life. For some reason I took up the clarinet in junior high, but the losing combo of very little talent and even less enthusiasm for it, earned me a lowly, yet solid 3rd clarinet- last chair position for 3 years.
In high school I stubbornly continued to abuse the clarinet, playing in the school marching band, holding on to my spot in the 3rd clarinet group. I’m sure I would have been last chair, but since it was a marching band, we didn’t have chairs.
While still in High School. I had an epiphany. I could sing a little and decided to take up the guitar, which I thought might attract girls. The fact that I was mostly clueless as to what to do if any girls were attracted didn’t seem to matter.
In college, the clarinet went into storage and the guitar became my friend. I jammed with buddies, learned there were more than 3 chords, and began to get a clue about girls.
Then after graduating, I got my 1st job as a TV producer/director at a new PBS station in Las Vegas. Part of the job was creating educational programs for kids and I found I was able to write and perform simple tunes to help teach various concepts. I had never written songs before and in my ignorance, I had no reason to assume I couldn’t do it, so I just went ahead and did it. Sometimes ignorance is under-rated.
As I continued my career as a film and videomaker in San Francisco, I was also able to continue my musical dabblage, writing and producing jingles and music videos for my corporate video clients. I also wrote a few songs just for the hell of it.
These days, I’m experiencing a surge of musical energy and creativity, motivating me to write, record, play guitar and sing like never before. “To Hell with Spammers!” was the 1st finished result – followed by 7 others. And soon, my 1st CD.
As for girls? Still learning!