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I'm often asked where the name "Blue Tree" came from. It began when I was getting ready to move back to Florida in late 1999. I had found a place for all my stuff except for a tree that my ex-girlfriend had left with me. The last thing I did before leaving Boston was to put it out in front of my old apartment in Harvard Square with a sign that read "Please Take Me."

The memory of that tree stuck with me and became a metaphor for the music I began writing back in Florida. A "blue tree" is simply a sad tree and for me it was a channel to express sadness and other emotions through music.

When I returned to Boston in the spring of 2000 and began playing out it seemed only appropriate to use the name "Blue Tree." Originally I performed under the name "The Blue Tree Project," but once I start playing with a band in 2001 I changed it to "Blue Tree."

The Blue Tree logo, which was designed by Steve Smith, captures the essence of the Blue Tree. It's a tree that is completely bare, like a tree in winter. As with most trees in winter that lose their leaves and go dormant, the roots continue to grow below the surface. Expressing myself through my music is what allows me to continue to grow emotionally and spiritually.

The tree photos on my website are of a white oak north of Tampa, Florida taken by David Krause. The white oak is the only variety of oak tree in Florida that loses all its leaves in winter. It stood alone in a cow pasture that I used to drive by when I was commuting between Tampa and Tallahassee over the winter of 1999-2000.

So this is how trees intertwined themselves with my music. Nature is truly a powerful and impacting force.

"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit."

- Robert Louis Stevenson