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"Lawyer by day, musician by night"

During the day, Tim Quarberg spends his time working through litigation at a local law office. But by night, locals might spot him playing his brand of contemporary acoustic folk music in one of the area coffee houses.

Quarberg, of Stillwater, has previously performed at Northern Vineyards Winery, Brine's Bar and Restaurant, Dunn Bros. coffee shop and the Dreamcoat cafe. He recently released his first full-length record, titled "Go Fly a Kite."

While he has played guitar for about 40 years, Quarberg has only been writing songs for six years. Still, Quarberg said the lyrics hold more significance than the music. After hearing him talk about the title track, "Go Fly a Kite," that statement becomes evident.

"That song is about sort of rediscovering lost innocence. The song is about a guy, an adult, who feels like he lost something really core to him," he said. "I remember looking in the mirror, and saying, 'Who the hell is that? What have I done, you know? Where is the me, that's really me?' So that song is really about trying to reclaim, as an adult, that really essential part of myself."

Salvation and redemption are consistent themes throughout the album - Quarberg initially considered calling the album "Redemption."

Spirituality is also a recurring subject, but Quarberg, a non-practicing ordained Lutheran pastor, said listeners shouldn't slap a Christian label on his tracks. Certain songs may deal with those themes, he added, but other songs may be completely removed from the Christian music rubric.

"I'm not the first person to say this - I've never been interested in being religious. I do care about being faithful," he said. "I think being faithful is not really concerned about custom or tradition. It's concerned more about fulfilling a purpose."

One of his songs, "Ordained," was based off a previous conversation with a friend who had "hit a wall" in his personal life, Quarberg recalled. The friend was thinking about becoming an ordained member of the clergy and the lyrics deal with what the term "ordained" should mean.

"You should do what you were meant to do. Don't think that going into the ministry is the only thing that God wants you to do," he said.

In releasing his first CD, Quarberg said he has once again discovered part of himself that had been forgotten, a dream that had simply been deferred.

"Dreams are something you can do, fantasies are something that you know you can't do," he said. "To me it was a fantasy, and then it became a dream. And then the dream came true."

Six years ago, during a conversation with his wife Amy, Quarberg told her that he always wanted to be a singer-songwriter. Though he had learned to play guitar as a middle-schooler, and played in bands through college, he had never sung himself.

"And she looked and me and said, 'So why haven't you done anything about it?'" he recalled.

Driving home from work the next day, Quarberg wrote his first song.

"It wasn't bad, it was actually a song," he said. "I've been playing guitar since I was a little kid, but I just would never sing. And I started getting all these songs, and feeling like, 'Gosh, I've got to do something with them.' And I just felt that I've got to do it."

His first performance was at Northern Vineyards Winery, a performance that he didn't necessarily feel ready for, but went ahead with anyway.

"Nov. 30, 2003. Can you tell it meant a lot to me?" Quarberg said, laughing. "When I did it, it was a feeling like, 'Oh my God.' It was great."

For more information about upcoming Tim Quarberg performances or the album "Go Fly a Kite" visit www.timquarberg.com.
- Stillwater Gazette


"Lawyer by day, musician by night"

During the day, Tim Quarberg spends his time working through litigation at a local law office. But by night, locals might spot him playing his brand of contemporary acoustic folk music in one of the area coffee houses.

Quarberg, of Stillwater, has previously performed at Northern Vineyards Winery, Brine's Bar and Restaurant, Dunn Bros. coffee shop and the Dreamcoat cafe. He recently released his first full-length record, titled "Go Fly a Kite."

While he has played guitar for about 40 years, Quarberg has only been writing songs for six years. Still, Quarberg said the lyrics hold more significance than the music. After hearing him talk about the title track, "Go Fly a Kite," that statement becomes evident.

"That song is about sort of rediscovering lost innocence. The song is about a guy, an adult, who feels like he lost something really core to him," he said. "I remember looking in the mirror, and saying, 'Who the hell is that? What have I done, you know? Where is the me, that's really me?' So that song is really about trying to reclaim, as an adult, that really essential part of myself."

Salvation and redemption are consistent themes throughout the album - Quarberg initially considered calling the album "Redemption."

Spirituality is also a recurring subject, but Quarberg, a non-practicing ordained Lutheran pastor, said listeners shouldn't slap a Christian label on his tracks. Certain songs may deal with those themes, he added, but other songs may be completely removed from the Christian music rubric.

"I'm not the first person to say this - I've never been interested in being religious. I do care about being faithful," he said. "I think being faithful is not really concerned about custom or tradition. It's concerned more about fulfilling a purpose."

One of his songs, "Ordained," was based off a previous conversation with a friend who had "hit a wall" in his personal life, Quarberg recalled. The friend was thinking about becoming an ordained member of the clergy and the lyrics deal with what the term "ordained" should mean.

"You should do what you were meant to do. Don't think that going into the ministry is the only thing that God wants you to do," he said.

In releasing his first CD, Quarberg said he has once again discovered part of himself that had been forgotten, a dream that had simply been deferred.

"Dreams are something you can do, fantasies are something that you know you can't do," he said. "To me it was a fantasy, and then it became a dream. And then the dream came true."

Six years ago, during a conversation with his wife Amy, Quarberg told her that he always wanted to be a singer-songwriter. Though he had learned to play guitar as a middle-schooler, and played in bands through college, he had never sung himself.

"And she looked and me and said, 'So why haven't you done anything about it?'" he recalled.

Driving home from work the next day, Quarberg wrote his first song.

"It wasn't bad, it was actually a song," he said. "I've been playing guitar since I was a little kid, but I just would never sing. And I started getting all these songs, and feeling like, 'Gosh, I've got to do something with them.' And I just felt that I've got to do it."

His first performance was at Northern Vineyards Winery, a performance that he didn't necessarily feel ready for, but went ahead with anyway.

"Nov. 30, 2003. Can you tell it meant a lot to me?" Quarberg said, laughing. "When I did it, it was a feeling like, 'Oh my God.' It was great."

For more information about upcoming Tim Quarberg performances or the album "Go Fly a Kite" visit www.timquarberg.com.
- Stillwater Gazette


Discography

"Go Fly A Kite" 2007

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Tim’s search for meaning and purpose in his own life has led him on a varied career path that has provided a rich background for his music. His poetic lyrics about the joys and challenges of everyday living, with a thread of the spiritual dimension woven in, offer a thoughtful and intimate look at life that speaks to the heart and touches the soul in a way that only his music can.
During his quest to find his niche in the world, he obtained a masters degree in theology (he was an ordained Lutheran pastor for three years), a law degree (which he still utilizes as a practicing attorney), a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do (he ran his own Martial Arts school for a few years), and has been an adjunct professor in ethics and philosophy at a couple of local colleges.
Yet despite all his endeavors he never felt fulfilled and whole in a way that he knew was possible. So when his wife Amy asked him one evening “what is the one thing that you haven’t done yet that you have always wanted to do?” he immediately replied, “I have always wanted to be a singer/songwriter”. Knowing that he is an excellent guitar player and a master crafter with words, she asked, “Why haven’t you?” And his response was “Well, I could never be as good as Paul Simon or James Taylor”. . . “That’s a silly reason”, she replied. Knowing that he loves a challenge, she challenged him to write a song. The next day he sat her down to play his first song entitled, “Now and Then” and it was amazingly good. He has been writing songs ever since and feeling a sense of purpose and wholeness that he had only dreamed about before.
His first CD entitled, “Go Fly a Kite” was released in August, 2007.