On chasing rainbows:
After realizing that I wasn’t going to set the world on fire as a rock and roll guitar god I turned my talents to art and got a job at Marvel Comics as an inker where I worked on titles like "The Mighty Thor" and "Conan The Barbarian."
It was a cool job but didn't pay much.
One day a friend of mine called and told me that I could make more money drawing if I got a job at an advertising agency. I was in! And before long I had traded in my ability to draw Captain America for technical drawings of women holding hair dryers.
Needless to say, that ended up being a great career move!
I am currently a creative director at a New York advertising agency where I co-created the highly acclaimed "Got Milk?" celebrity milk mustache campaign.
I wrote two books on the popular ads, The Milk Mustache Book (a New York Times Best Seller) and Milk Mustache Mania.
Over the years I have also developed a close personal friendship with singer/songwriter Eric Carmen, who was the founding member of '70s power pop band Raspberries and who later wrote the mega-hit ballad "All By Myself."
I run and maintain his website at EricCarmen.com and have written an internationally acclaimed biography, Eric Carmen: Marathon Man, recently named one of the "Best Books of the Year" by Great Britain’s Record Collector magazine, as well as a commemorative photo book covering the recent triumphant Raspberries reunion titled, Raspberries TONIGHT!
Favorite bands then…and now:
I was shuffling through the 20-gig drive of my iPod the other day when it occurred to me that I'm basically still listening to the songs that we used to play in Snerd three decades ago.
They were all there: Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough," "Rock Steady" and "Ready For Love;" David Bowie's "Suffragette City," "Space Oddity" and "1984."
Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" and "Burn;" "Watcher of the Skies" and "The Knife" by Genesis, "Aqualung" by Jethro Tull; "Strutter," and "Firehouse" by KISS; Led Zeppelin's "Houses of The Holy," "The Ocean" and "Stairway To Heaven."
Mott the Hoople's "All The Young Dudes," "All The Way From Memphis" and "Roll Away The Stone;" "Tie Your Mother Down" and "Liar" by Queen; and "Sunrise" by Uriah Heep.
We played all those great songs and many more.
Of course, I also still love the Beatles and anything with a jangly guitar and great hook from Raspberries to Jellyfish to Butch Walker.
Oh, and I guess you could say that I'm a sucker for a great ballad and consider Eric Carmen's Boats Against The Current the best album of all time!
Life after Snerd:
I still live in Sayreville.
My only official return to music was to play guitar on an Eric Carmen track titled "Never Say Die" in 2004.
I currently have a Gibson Les Paul Custom and a Marshall combo and still find myself plugging in at home when the mood strikes.
A few years ago at a business dinner a client asked if I played baseball or football in high school. I smiled and replied, "No. I played guitar in high school."