Fields has produced music on and off since the 1960s, first in Chicago, then in other
places scattered about North America, Europe, and Asia. Cologne is now his base, if
perhaps not quite yet his home.
Fields' musical education was haphazard, to say the least. In a case of the blind leading
the blind, at first he taught himself guitar. Later he was introduced to music theory in ad
hoc study groups, attended theory and compositions courses at the University of
Wisconsin, Madison, and tested the patience of a half-dozen or so private guitar teachers.
As a composer he first wrote simple folk songs (this is age 12 stuff), then rock songs, then
parodies of rock songs (these reflected his self-loathing of his insistence on continuing to
perform as a rock guitarist just for the attention), then jazz head tunes, all of which led to
his current mish-mash of material that, although he has scant interest in taxonomy, could
be fairly called New Music or Avant-Jazz