- Jon was raised without television for most of his childhood. His family often spent evenings learning to hambone from his father, playing rythm games, telling stories, singing songs or putting on plays with his older sisters for their parents.
- Jon was a vegetarian until he was about 24 or 25.
- In 1994 Jon toured with X-Rated, Richard Scobie's band in Iceland.
Jon taught English in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for one year.
- Jon traveled Ethiopia for a month.
- Jon suffered from altitude sickness while trekking in the Annapurnas in Nepal. ±
Sometime around the age of 12 or so, my family moved up onto a mountain and built a house.
Because of a leaky gas stove in our temporary trailer, we moved into the house in the dead of winter, without
hot water, electricity, windows or even enclosed rooms. My father worked very hard and very quickly to make
it livable. Especially for my mom and older sisters. I thought it was a great adventure.
There were a few summers when my mom worked and there was no form of transportation around.
I was stuck on the mountain, miles and miles from human contact besides one of my sisters and my two younger
brothers. I have very visceral memories of taking that beatup old guitar and soothing my frustration
and loneliness by getting my right hand going in a rythmic slapping motion and just pounding out
these meditative chord progressions and solos. If I played long enough, I could forgot the loneliness and frustration.
Besides that, I just spent a lot of time fighting with my brother and making my sister cry because
she was supposed to manage us, cook and clean before our folks got home. I think it had to be hardest on her.
Though I loved sports, by the time I was a senior, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
I had already been playing country fairs, school dances and had even gigged out with my
guitar teacher at some local bars (quite illegally as I was about 16 at the time). I graduated highschool,
worked for my father for a summer, bought an orange toyota pickup truck, packed everything I had
and drove to LA with my band. Most of them lasted for about 1 to 2 years but my love of music, culture
and adventure in general kept me in LA and kept me traveling, writing and playing to this day.
Every once in a while, I get a deep painful twinge thinking about the lush green, the waterfalls, and the line
of a great mountain against the sky but . . . I can't stand the rain! ±