I wanted be a fireman, policeman, pro athlete, etc. You know...


Around age six or so "Let 'Em In" by Paul McCartney reached, grabbed, and locked me in forever. Enter ABBA, Queen, Aha, Def Leppard, John Williams, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Tom Waits, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Iron Maiden, Beethoven, Philip Glass, Danny Elfman, David Bowie, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Head And The Heart, and hundreds and hundreds of others--they all drew me in and held me tight, never to let go. Over time came the realization that the specific genre of a music meant little to no difference to me. Good music was (and still is) good music. 

For many moons I would have just died to have only one thing: to be a rockstar. I'm not sure why that path, but, well...there you go. At the time, that's what seemed to be the ultimate musical journey. And so I wrote and performed with that prize in mind.


Fast forward many years to a fine summer's day. My wife quipped, "Actually, I see you much more as a songwriter than performer." Huh??? Wait...what? Not what I was expecting, and certainly not what I wanted to hear. To me, songwriting and performing were one and the same. But just a songwriter? Well, this got me thinking. I had toyed with the idea of writing as a "composer" for many years. I knew what that was, or at least I thought I did. But that wouldn't ever be for me: too complicated, and little, if any, notoriety, at least not the kind I was looking for. And not a performer? Really?


Well, after all that thinking I came to the realization that she was right: First, I could write. And even though my compositional training was somewhat limited, I did approach my work more as a composition than that of a pop/rock song. Second, and to be brutally honest with myself, I was not and may never be the greatest of performers, though not from a lack of effort. A tough pill to swallow after so much time pursuing the craft. Alas, therein life's journey began a long and unexpected curve in the road.


So, here I am today, still navigating the curve. I don't seek or need the "star" part of all this anymore. Farewell to dreams of performing under rock & roll lights. I'll let others take on that burden. Yet the love and fire for music still burns--more than ever. For me it feeds the soul in a way that nothing else can. But now this adventure leads me to become the best composer that I possibly can in the short time allotted to me on this crazy, remarkable planet. Yea, I still write and release some pop/rock/folk songs under the pseudonym Desert Will--it's a part of my DNA, but there is so much more that I want to do with all of this. 

So...what more can I say? I compose, record, and produce music. Some of it isn't too bad. Hope you'll give it a shot.

-Brian Randall Carter