It is such a cliché for the producer of creative content to call himself a “storyteller.” What I do is much more than tell stories. I’m a laugh harvester, a smile seeker, a tear farmer, and a spine tingle reaper. I want people to feel what I make and what I contribute like they do the elements. Like they do sunshine or wind or rain.
When I was a child I believed that I had a “great destiny” to fulfill and I kept believing this well into my twenties.
Today, my twenties are in the rearview and gone with them are dreams and passions that were about what I wanted and what I needed. This is my website but it isn’t about me and maybe it never was. It’s about that universal you. I’m just a tall man with great hair who knows how to shape the universe (and his hair) in interesting ways. Together we (that is, me, you and a dedicated crew of people without whom creative endeavors would all die on the mind vine) make the story live and breathe. I want to create dreams for you, for my friends, for my family, for my wife and especially for my adorable daughter, Maya Ariel.
After all, what would “a great destiny” be without someone to share it with?
Television, Film & Radio
I am a professional television producer with five years experience producing news packages and segments for a local NJ cable channel. I write, I shoot, I edit and I perform in an inimitable style. I am the co-creator of the web series, F is for Film as well as one of its stars. I have also written two feature length scripts which I hope will one day materialize as films.
Up until February of 2008 I worked as the Editorial Director for purple SKY, a Japanese rock magazine, the only one in fact, in English. As ED I decided on what artists to cover, set-up the interviews for my fellow writers or myself, coordinated with our staff and managed the submission of writing and art, which included translating any Japanese material. As of February 2008, 7 issues have been produced and sold nationally through Barnes and Nobles, Borders, Hot Topic and more. You can see more information on the magazine under the Projects section of utau-inu.
Risking becoming a Jack-of-all-Trade and master of none, I’m also a singer and songwriter. When I was in Japan I was in several bands, none of which lasted for the long haul. Since then I’ve been working off and on with my friend Ying on several unfinished projects. I hope to be able to share them with the readers of utau-inu.com in the future.
My wife and I are known known across the web for the translations of Japanese songs we did from 1998 to 2007 for the now defunct website www.centigrade-j.com. Our body of work totaled more than 4,000 songs at the point we shut down the website. Some of these can be viewed in the Works section. We continue to translate to this day but only as the passion moves us.
I’m not an artist. If you like anything I’ve drawn, painted or photographed here, it’s only because we share an equally eschewed worldview.
I once sat in a chair in front of a flickering computer screen and watched two seasons of the Gilmore Girls back to back. On numerous occasions I have gone to the movies and as soon as one feature ended I got in line for the next and then the next. I don’t read books often but when I do I find myself lost for days in their pages long after they have been returned to the shelf. I never get poetry right but that hasn’t stopped me from finding joy in the moment that words come together on the page in imperfect harmony. I often wonder if god or whatever built a failsafe into human physiology that makes us weak in the face of marathon video game sessions in order to prevent mass starvation. I know I could play them until my bones themselves were bones of bones. I had a love affair with the nation of Japan, and every so often I return to her to taste of her strange fruit. That sweetly perverse tang. I speak fluently. My taste in music has gone through so many shifts that, like the ebb and flow of the sea, it belongs to nothing but itself now -free at last to enjoy Ke$ha and Radiohead as it sees fit.
I don’t believe in quantitative measures of worth.
I don’t believe in either side of the divide. I believe the divide is all that there is, until it isn’t. Then I believe in the not divide.
I respect people who ignore what is and embrace what they are. I adore people who understand the difference between the two.
My favorite video game is Earthworm Jim for the SNES. I can beat the game without being hit in twenty-nine minutes. Groovy. I also enjoy a good classic point n’ click adventure game like The Secret of Monkey Island or my favorite, Sam & Max: Hit the Road.
My favorite movie is constantly changing but I will always watch Indiana Jones whenever and however it comes on. Steven Spielberg does layered action scenes like no one else before, since or ever again.
I don’t like Superheroes anymore. I grow tired of their longevity. I’ll still watch every single superhero movie that comes out and enjoy most of them. It’s a great paradox.
I want to talk to you and find out what propels you to