I was working at Salty Dog Recording in Van Nuys in 1988 as a sound engineer, which is a good job for a drummer like myself waiting for the next gig. That’s where I first met ahbe.
A skinny, older guy with a white beard and crystal blue eyes. To some, he would appear to be a homeless guy. He didn’t dress to impress. He usually wore white clothes and a wool cap which held his long white hair from sight.
He owned a tack piano that he kept there at Salty Dog Recording Studio, (now called Santa Fe). He loved playing that piano, but on this day he wanted to make an edit on a 1/4’’ reel-to-reel tape. The studio’s 1/4’’ machine wasn’t working, so I took him to Rob Carmichael’s studio a few blocks away to do it. He was so grateful to me for doing such a simple thing, we hit it off right away. It was simple to me, but to him it was like a miracle had happened.

He told me he wrote a song called “Nature Boy”. “The favorite song of three presidents”. I wasn’t familiar with the name, so he sang a little bit of it and I said “Oh yeah, I’ve heard that one before. Great song!” Then he’d say something like “But that was the past, and I don’t want anything to do with it. I’m working on something new and wonderful the world’s never heard before!”

He was very talkative and almost excited to share his, what he called ‘Poems’ with me. He talked of the “The flux and the flow of the miracle of nature” and equations that sounded so scientific, but yet so beautiful and soothing to hear. Not stuff that makes your head hurt, but words and thoughts that make your heart feel good. Such a gentle soul.

He paid $75.00 pr hr at SDR, a very steep price to pay, being that most the time spent in the studio, ahbe would talk and recite his poems more than recording on the project at hand.
When he booked the sessions with me, we would talk about what he needed done, and I would prepare for the session, but when we’d get together, he would change his mind and want to do something else. Sometimes it was impossible to keep up with his ever-changing tasks.

This taught me patience. Just when I thought a piece of music was done, he would change the smallest things, over and over again. In fact, he probably had recorded at least 20 versions of “Nature Boy” before we even met. We recorded at least five versions during my time with him. His favorite version was with Jerry Vinci on violin.


If you are glad I've kept ahbe's thoughts alive along with the photos and stories shared, please help with a donation.

For over 16 years I have spent countless hours:

  1. Transferring his analog tapes to digital.

  2. Transcribing his spoken words to text files.

  3. Posting his thoughts online for all to hear.

  4. Talking to attorneys.

  5. Scanning photos. The photos online of ahbe mostly came from me, except for album art.

  6. Talking to people who want to know who he was.

  7. Thinking about what am I supposed to do with his life work.

  8. Thinking about why ahbe’s rights holders won’t let me release what ahbe wanted released, and this is what eats at me every minute of every day of my life.

  9. Writing the book I’ve been trying to write for years.

10. Keeping the legacy of his story alive.

I keep spending money I don't really have to pay for storage, transfers and such. I will keep ahbe's pages up as long as I still have this website.


 It's not like me to ask for help, but if you can please drop a coin in the tip jar below. Thank you.


Anything you can donate will help greatly.

Hey, if churches can do it, so can I.