Here are 25 things that you may not know about me:
- I was born in Mattoon, Illinois because the other town my parents lived in didn’t have a hospital.
- One of the earliest cartoons I remember watching on t.v. was called Crusader Rabbit. The main character had a tiger as a sidekick.
- I lived with my family in the Indiana countryside for a year or more and attended a school that had two grade levels in one classroom.
- My father was a minister and named me after Peter Jon Marshall, a well known Presbyterian minister at the time.
- I once shared an apartment with a friend who bought an Asteroids coin-op video from a local Chuck E. Cheese and put it out on our balcony for entertainment.
- One of my favorite memories from childhood is hunting geodes with my younger brother in the wooded creek areas of central Indiana.
- I liked the shoes that George Harrison wore on the cover of the Abbey Road album so much that I asked my parents to buy me a pair.
- I learned how to sing harmony by singing in the church choir and singing old hymns on Sunday mornings.
- As a teenager, I loved to play the main theme from Thus Spake Zarathustra (from the 2001: Space Odyssey movie) on my father’s baby grand piano.
- At about four years old, I got to appear with other kids on one episode of Romper Room, a local children’s t.v. program that aired in our area.
- Although I was born in the state of Illinois, I grew up next door in the state of Indiana.
- I saw Richard Harris play King Arthur onstage in the live theater version of Camelot.
- In the fourth grade, I lived in the country across the road from a large corn field.
- In my high school art class, I created a pen and ink drawing of a guitar. It was my own creation and I dubbed it a Willmon; a combination of two of my favorite guitarists – Mason Williams and Paul Simon.
- The first LP record I ever owned was Alvin and the Chipmunks with Dave Seville.
- One of my favorite classic films is To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck.
- I used to love to swing on the playground set and sing songs.
- I’m a big fan of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals from the 60s (ex., Carousel and Oklahoma)
- My sister, Camile, got me started on playing the guitar when I was sixteen. I was housebound and stir crazy after breaking my leg while skiing.
- I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy almost twice when I was in junior high and wrote a list of actors I thought would be great for the film version. My pick to play Gandalf was Gregory Peck,
- I named my son, Kabir, after a 14th century Persian poet of the same name.
- My first guitar was an Alvarez classical guitar. I paid $100 of my own money for it.
- In my college years, I used to listen to popular records of the day (like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon) and play along with my wooden recorder.
- The first vehicle I ever owned was an old ?65 panel truck. I paid $200 cash for it.
- In my early 20s, I protested the imprisonment of my Indian spiritual teacher by sitting with others on the steps of the U.S. capitol building in Washington, D.C. It was a peaceful demonstration and we sat together in meditation.
And one more than 25 things – I wrote this song in January 2016. It was posted on my YouTube channel. I think it’s timely to share it again here, as we begin another new year of possibilities. I look forward to living more of my dreams in 2017! Happy New Year everyone!