My main influences for providing Trumpet Meditations are the contemplative nature of performing Taps while being at memorials and funerals (while in the US Army), Paramahansa Yogananda’s Cosmic Chants, the East Indian style of devotional music called Kirtan, and the improvisational nature of Indian Ragas. While attending classes at Naropa University, I took an Indian Devotional and Raga Singing class and I continue to attend the monthly Kirtan music sessions that happen each month at the university.