In Search of Peace
It's funny where life takes you. When Michael was in his early 20's he was offered a spot as a pianist for the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. As a self-taught pianist who had just learned piano a few years earlier, this was a tremendous honor and opportunity. To this day he doesn't remember why he turned it down. A born musician, he learned to play the accordion as a child then at 15 taught himself to play piano. A few years later he learned violin, guitar, keyboards and more. But somehow, with life's twists and turns he ended up pursuing business interests that led him away from music. Soon the demands of his leadership role in his mountain community outside Denver, Colorado came to haunt him in the form of a chronic and life threatening heart condition. He was quick to re-evaluate what was most important and find the quiet, internally, to overcome. "In Search of Peace" was born from his own quest to find balance -- a life without stress, days full of appreciation, gratitude and love...to live in the moment. This CD was straight from his heart, an expression of who he is, and what he stands for. A couple of little known facts about a few of the songs: • "In Search of Peace" was written and recorded in one sitting with no modifications. It flowed from his fingers and left him tingling. • "Steve's Gone" was written for his son who had just graduated high school and left on a post-graduation trip, and whose return was uncertain. • "Pushing On" is a song about not letting things holds you back from who you really are, and what you're capable of achieving. It's about keeping your face into the wind and taking life head-on with no regrets. It's about overcoming. Since this CD was released Michael suffered from more heart-related problems and in a few days time had two distinct near-death experiences. His recovery was uncertain. As a result, it looked as though his life would be very limited, but Michael wouldn't accept that fate. He fought to overcome and ended up defying all odds. Nine months after that experience, while still in recovery, he woke up one morning and said "I know how to paint" - a gift, in the purest sense since he had no previous talent in this area. His inspiration for paintings begins in his dreams. When he awakens he has crisp, vibrant images to paint, as well as the knowledge of how to create them. The result is a wide range of paintings from childlike to visionary, and landscape to abstract. Since that day, he's created more than 100 paintings. Additionally, he has set five world records in aviation, has written several books, and has developed a series of guided meditations that are available for download. In fact, since his experience he frequently gets headaches because of all the new music in his thoughts that play over and over, just waiting to be expressed. As with the art, the music is diverse from symphonies and operas to techno and new age. It's an incredible story...one that continues to evolve.