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“It is about a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

My Story

What is one thing about your work that most people don't know?

Being a musician is a 24/7 job. If you're not practicing or writing or playing, you're self-loathing. And then suddenly you're back practicing for the 25th hour of the day again. Being a musician is like being a doctor. It's learning another language in the noble hopes of healing your fellow brothers and sisters.

What makes you most proud of the work you do?

For so long, about the last 2 decades, the music industry has spewed one insult after another from their machine that creates inauthentic "artists." When people hear new tunes from music intellectuals and scholars like myself and my colleagues, they get excited about it again. They can relate to it again. Because it's music made with integrity. Nowadays, in these truly insane times we live in, that's what kind of art people are craving. Authentic, genuine art that preserves integrity.