End of the Open Mind
Born in Helena, Montana he moved to San Jose, California when he was 5 years old and grew up listening to the great sounds of Motown, rock, folk, jazz, blues, musical comedy and classical music. While attending Campbell High School and San Jose State University he studied voice and was a member of vocal groups and musical theater. He received an award from San Jose State University in acting as well as two awards from San Jose Civic Light Opera for roles in musical comedies. He went on to receive a BSBA and MBA. He now resides in Medford, located in a picturesque region of Southern Oregon. Ron Hogan is a very prolific songwriter. The words and music to all the songs on the CDs have been written by him. He also plays acoustic rhythm guitar on a few tracks on the 'Eye of the Storm' and 'Eye of the Light' CDs and he plays acoustic rhythm guitar exclusively on the 'End of the Open Mind' CD. He relishes writing music and is fascinated with experimentation in words and sound. His joy is to create music that allows people to be absorbed in something new and original which can take them places they have never been or, haven't visited in a while. He adds a soulful touch to many of the songs with his vocals and his theatrical background is evident in the interpretation of the lyrics. Ron had surrounded himself with some very creative and gifted musicians who live in the Southern Oregon area and played on the CDs with him. They are: Chris Burbick is a talented artist who plays a variety of instruments on the CDs 'Eye of the Storm','Eye of the Light' and 'End of the Open Mind' including: Acoustic and Electric Guitar; Bass Guitar; E-Bow; Mandolin; Bowed Psaltery; Pennywhistle; Recorder; and various percussion instruments. His own album 'Silver Hand' has won critical acclaim. Andy Pimentel is a master keyboardist who has worked with the likes of Chuck Berry, Shaun Harris and many others. He has a gift for improvisation and his workmanship is superb. He also plays saxophone on 'Another You' from the 'End of the Open Mind' CD.