So there I was, sitting on a plane with my guitar in tow, microphone and cables stowed in my carry on. I was moving to Egypt ready for anything and expecting nothing. Music became my great escape, I spent countless hours playing, writing and vanishing into song. With this CD I was searching for a new voice. I was living in a foreign land, with a new life and I wanted to capture that. Songs were written in the darkness of black called lonely, love songs composed on the shores of the Red Sea, and introspective pieces written under the stars of the Middle East. It was all their, just waiting for me to put it to music. I began laying down tracks in the fall. But felt like I was forcing a square peg without a sense of direction or purpose. I was happy with the songs themselves, but the recorded style and attitudes were all wrong. I was stuck. Then, late one night on snow-ridden television, reminding me of winters back home, I caught the movie Timecode, a great experiment in film. Not only did the creative aspects of the movie inspire me, but the tune over the movie credits, changed everything for me. Disconnected Stranger had a special style, attitude and a feeling. It sparked something. My creative flow began pumping and instantly I started to formulize the direction and feel of Pulse. I began to realize what I wanted this record to sound like. Armed with purpose and reason, energy and breath, I began capturing my PULSE. Pulse as the CD title was conceived while I stood on a street corner, directionless, lost and feeling alone. I reached down, held my arm, in a posture to comfort myself and felt my pulse. It reminded me that through all of this there was still me. No matter what life brought me, no matter how lonely, excited, adventures, quiet, outcast or enthusiastic I felt, I would always have me. If life is a movie, my words serve the script and the music my soundtrack. In the spring, one month before the close of this CD, I had a complete computer system failure. The entire CD and all backup copies lay in ruins. Nine months of work down the drain. The only remnants, a test CD I made a few days prior. After much debate and internal strife, I decided to release this 'test' CD as is. I just couldn't go back in and re-record the entire album. My soul couldn't take it. So, minus some tweaks and fixes and one rough scratch vocal, here is my PULSE.