I wrote my first songs way back in high school. I was a drummer at the time, so had to rely on my guitar-playing band mates to put them to music. Fortunately for all of us, they are lost to history.
Later, when I had to get rid of the drum set, I started playing guitar, and that’s been my primary instrument ever since, the one I use for composing most songs (with some occasional piano thrown in).
If I had to name a primary influence, it would probably be John Prine, but I draw on many sources for inspiration, from everyday life to my background in not quite completing a doctoral degree in comparative literature. I’ll let you figure out how that all works out in the songs.