I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, graduated from John Marshall High School and received my Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Texas, San Antonio. I was a French Horn player and the Drum Major of my High School Band. I furthered my fun in "marching" music and fine-tuned my instrumental brass-playing through "Drum Corps International" the (DCI) World Champion “Cadets of Bergen County” in Bergenfield, NJ as a mellophone player. I became a high school band director for San Antonio schools in the 90s, then switched to teaching adults as a “bank trainer” for mortgage & loan underwriters at USAA Federal Savings Bank from 2001-2008. Life was proving to show so many different flavors in choices for opportunity. I decided to try a bit of this and that.

Today... “The Open Road” represents a "journey" we all share. We all learn to stand, fall, and get back up again. We all live a journey towards enlightenment. We walk a life-road of choices and "create" our world through our decisions as we manifest our story to reality. My enlightenments truly found me as I "quit" society's game-plan of choices "made" for me, and I began making my own choices. I started performing on stages as a country band in surrounding San Antonio saloons and clubs.

I received a San Antonio Music Award for Best Original Song with the very first recording I made in 2012, “Thou Shalt Not Bitch.” SA CURRENT awarded my  band with some Awards for Best Country Band, Best Song & Music Video for  What Best Friends Do,” and best songwriter for my genre. I'd say my songwriting is inspired by Dean Dillon, George Strait's Songwriter. I got to open for him (Thank you Brian Black) in Bandera, TX at the Longhorn Saloon. I discovered how alike I was to Dean Dillon in many ways. Meeting him was definitely one of the points on my "journey" that I began to RE-find myself and my "original" artistry began to show as I started creating my own country songs. My "country" writing does tend to lean on the good ol "danceable" songs of the decades prior to this one. Basically I'm grown from the songs I grew up on.... Aren't we all? I try not shy from who I am. I like steel & fiddle; I've been enjoying writing in a style of fundamental rhyming, matching stanzas of choruses and versus with a play on words. There's an art for the old "traditional" style of country song-writing rare to find on mainstream radio anymore. I like my songs to be sincere, passionate, humorous, and have "enlightenment." I write all the time. I write about what I see, hear, and feel. ...And though this is my style now, maybe I'll change it up? If I could afford it, I'd write, record, and produce other genres. PLENTY of musical influences from the 70s, 80s, & 90s inspire me to grab bits of each genre from those days. My repertoire for classical music is also a big part of who I am.

 

A "Cowboy's Ride" on "The Open Road"

by Felix Truvere

People are AFRAID to fail at the things they love to do, so they “settle" to get by. Early misdirections in life take us far from the dreams we had. We awaken years later & wonder where all the years went as we stayed "settled," blaming everyone else.  “Sincerity” from your broken heart wakes you up. "Ego” begins to vanish and suddenly starts prioritizing things that matter. This sudden “Sincerity” creates a TRUE prayer; an “honest intention” sent out to the universe. Your “heart” starts to lead your way.

Our goals begin to find us the more we “let go,” trusting our natural personality & talents to shine by simply being who we are. We “awaken” from an act we’ve been performing to “fit in” and suddenly our own personality is acceptable to ourselves. YOU are creating your story every day with your positive & confident “perspective” toward everything that happens in your life. You ARE God’s perfect likeness, able to manifest your dreams to reality perfectly made for YOU.  YOU are behind the steering wheel, driving down Life’s Road, creating your story. It’s never too late to pursue the direction of YOU truthfully to the sincerity of your happiness. Possibilities are behind every turn on Life’s Road. It is up to you to have the positive “perspective” to see EVERY possibility as an opportunity to convert your creativity into reality with your action.  

Do it your way. Don't get lost on Life’s Road by getting caught up in commercialism, politics, argument, and negativity. We are a MUCH more creative than that. We are ALL artists, built with creativity to manifest anything the mind sincerely believes (faith). Live life to its fullest and appreciate every experience as a blessing. You can't comprehend the concept of "hot" without knowing "cold." So does happiness and sadness work the same. It’s a wild, rocky, & bumpy road, offering everything from wrong turns and accidents to gorgeous scenery in a  HECK of a ride. ENJOY & APPRECIATE life’s roller-coaster ride of ups & downs! Trust it. The thrill of the ride is what life’s journey is all about!

Don’t be a mindless drone going through the motions in life, sticking to your routine just because it’s “how it’s always been done.” Create a better way.

Ask yourself “Why?” to the questions that bother you. When something doesn’t fit, Google your own answer. There are more flavors that exist besides chocolate & vanilla; discover all of the flavors!

In this fast-paced routine of scheduling your life, slow down and become aware; pay attention to appreciate the MOMENT where life is occurring! Stuff is beautiful & the ride is AWESOME if you “let go” & pay attention to the awesomeness that is OCCURRING around you. I try not to dwell in the past or worry too much about the future. I try to appreciate “THE MOMENT” as it's occurring, as I "let go" to faith. People always say, “There’s not enough time.” I say, ALL THERE IS, IS TIME when you live in “the moment.” When I’m on a stage, singing with all the passion that races through my body, I feel a room full of people dancing to the same beat, celebrating life TOGETHER in harmony. I say, control the moment; control life. I accept everything as it is, and how it’s served to me; my appreciative perspective does the rest to manifest my destiny.

I can be optimistic because I’m doing what I LOVE to do, and how can there be failure in that? What REALLY matters? Happiness is what matters. I have one chance to be a daddy for my daughter. I don’t want to live a life knowing that I never attempted to live up to my fullest potential; especially for my children.

“Follow your heart!” That isn’t just an overstated quote said about a billion times for no good reason. Explore your heart for the answers with your prayers ~ Accept & appreciate who YOU are and don’t overlook what you’re already blessed with. Appreciating life’s moments & surrendering to compassion & faith found the Artist within me. I gave this “faith” thing a try by leaving a secure job at USAA, cashed my 401K & took a dive head-first into my heart blindly. My FAITH to sincerely follow a dream, to make a NEW living on my original creativity & blessed ability, to seek “honesty” from life, suddenly found all the happiness that I used to “chase.” I discovered happiness finds me all on it’s own the more I follow my heart. FAITH manifests a reality... whatever you "sincerely" believe.

  • “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” ~Walt Disney
  • “This old cowboy’s legacy ain’t about the end or beginning, it’s the road I’m still riding on my way” ~Cowboy’s Ride, waltz by Felix Truvere

Negative reactions to negativity only provoke more negativity. Let the negative provocations of others glide off of your shoulders of wisdom.

Embrace failure. Failure is experience. Experience molds you perfectly into the person that you are always still becoming. Once I learned to appreciate failure and convert it to OPPORTUNITY, I understood life a whole lot better.

Interesting Info

BIRTHDAY: November 15, SCORPIO

INTERESTS: Quantum Mechanics, Consciousness, God, Spiritual philosophy, the art of being, family  

Favorite foods:  Pizza, Sushi, Seafood, Cereal w/Milk, Pancakes, French Toast & Eggs  

Favorite Desserts: Organic Dark Chocolate, Nestle’s Drumsticks, Pumpkin Pie

Dislikes: Automated Phone Customer Service, Dishonest media & poparazzi, divas & prima donnas, shady salesman, the “Conditioning” of the masses by our various media, Driving in Traffic

Favorite Movies: Disney/Pixar animations; Silverado, Rango, Star Wars, Pure Country, 8 Seconds, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, The Matrix, Fiddler on the Roof, Pineapple Express, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, Freddy Got Fingered, The Secret, Rudy, Avatar, The Quantum Activist. 

Inspiring ARTISTS that have Influenced me:  Walt Disney, My High School Band Directors, Mel Torme, Dean Dillon, Percy Grainger, Leonard Bernstein, The Beatles, Prince, Aaron Copeland, Bing Crosby, Michael Crawford, Colm Wilkinson, Igor Stravinsky, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Nikola Tesla, Pearl Jam, The Bones Brigade, Rodney Mullen, Tony Hawk, Vincent Van Gogh, Eminem, Martin Luther King Jr, George Lucas, George Strait, Tracy Lawrence, Clay Walker, Gary Allan, Rick Trevino, Easton Corbin, Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Randy Rogers, Steve Martin, Paul Hindemith, Tim Heidecker, The Dalai Lama, John Williams, Maynard Fergusson, Chicago,  Tom Green, Michael Jackson, Clint Black, Dr Amit Goswami, & the many artists within the arts of DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL & musical theater. There are many, many others from pop culture, classical composers to many different kinds of stage performers that have influenced my music. Artists are everywhere in so many variations of creativity.