Sandy has been playing music since she was old enough to lift the lid on the piano and pick out tunes by ear. "I played piano, guitar, mandolin, balalaika, harp, and Dobro--none well. In 1996, I started playing upright bass and found my true voice," she said. She's been playing professionally since 1998. She started teaching private bass lessons and music theory in January, 2004.
In the spring of 1994, Sandy wrote her first song. In the fall of 1994, she was a finalist in the Walnut Valley Songwriters' Showcase with her second song, "Cabin on the Prairie". Proving this was not a complete fluke, she was a finalist again in 1997 with "Apache Plume". She also co-wrote a collection of scary songs for children, "There's A Dead Boy in the Attic," with Patrick Bone, a Scholastic Book author. "I used to perform Halloween shows for kids until I became a real musician." A cowboy song, "One Lonely Rider," which she co-wrote with Ernie Martinez, was an alternate in the Walnut Valley Songwriters' Showcase in 2008. In 2010, her CD, "I Wanted to Fly," and her song, "Already Gone," were in the top 10 list for album and song in the May-June issue of Rope Burns, and were Western Music Association finalists for best Collaboration / Compilation Album and Best Original Song.
Several of her songs have been recorded and released on various other CD's:
Sandy has been restoring furniture since she started spending the money she earned babysitting on used furniture from garage sales and thrift stores (before she could drive). In 2000, Sandy developed a mosaic collage technique using found objects and concrete mortar to disguise an ugly cinderblock retaining wall on her patio. In 2002, she discovered that technique adapts itself to furniture and accessories.
In the summer of 2001, Sandy discovered she has the power to help people heal, using energy released from her hands. She I did a lot of healing at Winfield, in 2001, following the 9/11 attack. "I wasn't convinced that it was for real, but folks I helped seemed to like it." She continued to do healing, and got encouragement from her friends and from folks she'd work on at various musical performances. In December, 2003, Sandy received her first and second level Reiki attunements, and became a level II Reiki practitioner.
In addition to teaching computer science at the college level and basic computer classes in an adult education program, Sandy was a computer programmer, systems analyst, data base administrator, Unix system administrator, consultant, beta tester, and technical writer for over 25 years. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Education from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Computer Information Systems from the University of Denver.
At various times in her life, she raced cars, was a river rat, lived on a horse ranch in the mountains, bred collies, was married and divorced, was the first female gas station attendant in Colorado, worked on a drill rig, worked as a draftsman, packed boxes in warehouses, trained animals, worked in a liquor store, studied real estate appraisal, and worked for a lawyer. She's also done a lot of volunteer work, mostly for the Swallow Hill Music Association and Colorado Bluegrass Music Society. She still adopts homeless adult collies.
And, she's an Aries.
In August, 2004, Sandy donated her waist-length hair to the "Locks of Love" program and decided to grow out her hair and donate it again (November, 2005) and again (May, 2008) and again (March, 2014).
"Thanks for visiting my web site." -- San