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Author Bio: Ivory John Kovacich
As a child, I always had a knack for music. My mother told me that when I was two years old, I climbed up on the piano and one fingered the star spangled banner. I called it the baseball song. My father sang in a glee club, and I had a natural talent for singing harmonies with him. As a first grader, I was a soloist in the school choir.
When I lost access to a piano, I taught myself to play ukulele and later on guitar. Wanting formal lessons, I learned to play clarinet. In high school, I continued playing guitar but also returned to piano, including a summer class of Jazz Band.
I also started writing in high school. I wrote short stories, poems and radio play, which we also recorded, and a short film which we shot.
I continued writing, acting and film making in college. I had some poems published in the college paper and the college magazine.
One of my college poems also became my first song. I met some musicians in one of my acting classes and started playing music again. This led to my first pro or semi-pro performances. I played guitar for the first couple years, but when my guitar was stolen, I decided to start over with piano and purchased my first Rhodes.
College gave me ample opportunity to explore many creative possibilities. I even experimented with pencil, charcoal, india ink, oil paint and photography. Some of my art was better than others. I came away from college needing to choose a career path. Some thought I would continue acting. One of my professors had already shared some of my writing with his publishers. Music, however, seemed to have the greatest opportunity.
In the early eighties, I started experimenting with synthesizers. I created some songs where I played the entire band including some pretty amazing horns. I don’t know where it came from, but I had started creating music with a Latin feel. These recordings led me to a Latin legend, Richard Bean. We immediately hit it off and started working on some new material. It wasn’t long before I started working with a band called Malo, which led to the resurrection of Sapo.
Sapo was a great gig. I not only got to work with Richard, but also with Jorge Santana plus Chepito Areas and Rico Reyes (both on Santana’s Abraxas era albums.) I also had the honor of working with Gregg Errico (Sly and the Family Stones) and David Garibaldi (Tower of Power).
I left California and Sapo to escape what seemed like endless recessions and dwindling job opportunities, and moved to Arizona. I also started consulting from Arizona and found myself working away from home with little to do. It was impossible to commit myself to a band with my travel schedule, so I returned to writing.
When I decided to write again, I wondered how I could ever write 120,000 words to fill out a novel. Thirty years had passed since I last had written anything other than music, and I had to relearn my craft. When I was done, I found myself with over 160,000 words.