and a heartfelt thank you for visiting my new web site. I hope you enjoy it and, if you do, please share it with your friends and family. You can navigate it by choosing the genres (categories of music) you prefer, and then choosing any composition in those genres. You are welcome to listen for free as many times as you like (just press the play arrow) and leave comments if you wish. Also, please feel free to communicate with me if you have any questions.

History: As a teen in the 1960’s, I played keyboards in a progressive rock group based in the West Village, NYC and on Long Island. It was a very exciting time musically with the introduction of new groups such as The Beatles and the British “Invasion” (Stones, Who, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, and so many more) and with new rising stars like Bob Dylan, The Rascals, The YoungBloods, etc., playing right down the street from our own gigs most nights (we’d listen in during our breaks). It seemed as if every day there was a great new group and/or great song being introduced for the first time, and each one would push the musical envelope just a little further towards who-knew-where. Of course, now this music is generally called “classic rock” but for me, and millions like me, it will always be a contemporary sound.

The whole world in the ’60s seemed to be exploding into a new Renaissance both culturally and musically and I am forever grateful that I was able to share even a tiny peripheral part in this transformational era. After a few kind newspaper reviews from critics, we became signed to a major label and talent agency, and were then introduced to the national public in a Hullabaloo Magazine centerfold article highlighting “Upcoming New Acts,” where we shared the spotlight with other brand new acts such as Procol Harem, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and a few others. Soon, we found ourselves on TV, at The Newport Jazz Festival, and then into our first national tour. Things were moving so fast — we were getting tighter as a group, our original songs were maturing, we were building a fan base and our egos were soaring — we became “Almost Famous” … until the President and Congress instituted the Selective Service Military Draft by Lottery System during the Vietnam era (1969). My birthday was one of the first to be chosen by lottery and I had to serve a necessary stint in the military (US Air Force), which put squealing brakes on my dream of being a rock star. The band broke up soon thereafter and I followed my military gig by marrying my high school sweetheart and soon after, we had the first of our two sons. Things happen so fast in life and these events put my music-making path into a state of long term suspended animation, trading it for a respectable career as a piano tuner-technician-rebuilder in order to make a steady living and raise a family.

Now that my two wonderful sons are grown (they have beautiful and loving families of their own) and I’m on my own again for the first time in decades, and after a terrifying bout with cancer recently (which ironically turned out to be connected to a blessing, in that it awoke me from my creative “sleep”), I have rearranged my priorities, reconnected with my spirit, and reinvented myself, pouring all efforts back into creating music once again, which is both physically and spiritually nourishing and brings me great joy and solace. The experience of cancer (facing your own mortality in the raw) truly humbled me, which is exactly what I needed in order to change my path. I realize now that having been blessedly born with a talent (something I used to take for granted) is a precious gift that does not belong to me; it’s really on loan from the Universe and one for which I am immensely grateful each and every day that I am entrusted with it, and it has revealed a life path and true purpose that I must follow for the rest of my days… remaining spiritually connected to the Universe, listening quietly to what it is saying, and creating its music. (PS Of course, some of my music is ego based or what I like to call “earthbound,” but some special themes comes from universal spirit — I hope and believe you will be able to tell the difference).

Disclaimer: I’ve occasionally been told by friends and fans I have an “interesting” or “somewhat unique” voice which is their nice way of saying that my voice kinda sucks, but I have never portrayed myself as a vocalist; I only sing to try and get across some of the musical ideas that rattle around in my head, in the hope that some talented song stylist with a trained voice will hear this music and do it the justice I believe it deserves. Thank you for opening your heart and listening.

Gary Garu