Born in Florida,
one of my basic instincts was to write music.
The first song came at the age of 5. Piano was the first instrument
I learned by simply watching other kids play songs like "Chop
Sticks" and "Heart and Soul". My ears basically taught
me the rest. If it didn't sound good then I would merely move my
fingers around until it did. I never cared about learning other
peoples music. It felt more like that's just what people do, write
their own music. That's what I did. The trick was to write music
that other people wanted to hear. I would spend a youthful lifetime
chasing that dream.
Living in Clearwater,
Florida, my interests were mostly into playing sports year round
while spending free time on the family fishing boats at Clearwater
I am drawn
to water. Boats have always been a comfort place. When I was three
my dad started a commercial fishing business that was the first
of it's kind in the fact that it was the first commercial catamaran
to carry passengers.
At the age
of 10 we moved aboard a three masted schooner. Normally, a 56 foot
long sailboat is a sizable vessel but a family of five living aboard
can make every foot feel like an inch. Dad thought it would be fun
to be an instructor at 'Outward Bound', a survival coarse on Hurricane
island off the coast of Rockland, Maine. Since our house was firmly
planted in water, then we would set sail for northern New England.
That was a fantastic journey. Going from Clearwater, through the
Okeechobee waterway and all the way up the eastern seaboard to Maine
was exciting. Here's a little tidbit that I'm not ashamed to mention.
-- I get terribly sea-sick. It's not right that someone raised on
boats and the water gets sick. It's not all the time. Mostly it's
when the seas are really rough or kind of choppy or slightly wavy
or almost calm. Somewhere in there. It's not ALL the time.
While in Maine, my dad was attracted to the north country, so much
so that he decided to move the family to New Hampshire where my
two older brothers and I attended a prep school in Littleton.
center stage for the post high school years, which lasted more than
In the meantime, I met my wife and had a beautiful daughter.
arrive through trial and error. (A lot of error)
Being a better person became top priority. Turning my full attention
to home and family, I started a business of graphics for
clothing, swimwear and eventually a skin care line.
is the main ingredient in my life. Music, graphic design and now
storytelling. Satisfaction comes from creating something . . . anything.
the mother of invention, as they say. I put that to the test when
I wanted a way to display fun bumper stickers without having to
stick them on my car. I came up with a static cling clear vinyl
pocket that simply clings to the inside of the rear window allowing
you to slide in your favorite sticker without sticking it. That
invention was a milestone achievement yet still my desire to write
stayed with me for the next several years, until...
A look back:
(if you dare)
early days of music.
Such dreams...such promise...so naive.
My first album: Putting
Back The Rock
Songs featuring Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme.
Sample songs here
(listen at your own risk)
Disclaimer: Jim Gilmore is not responsible
for adverse nostalgic flashbacks.
of "Why Should I"
(video was done for lyric display)
Invention: The Pocket - Bumper sticker
holder (also available in the store)
mentioned, creating was all that mattered.
Oh, and fun had to be a big part of it. This sums it up rather well.
Now, if you have any questions please feel free to ask.