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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?

work (werk): the labor you love; the physical, mental, emotional and time investment you place inside the practice of passion; any action that renders compensation (do not be made to feel bad for expecting compensation for the labor you love).

What makes you most proud of the work you do?

I am a man of many hats. And the enigma in all of it is that none of these hats know each other. I don't think most people in the audience understand that original material means I wrote it. I don't think most folk who experience me as a performer know I write what I perform. I hum out the bass lines, the guitar riffs, the drums, the melody. All of those ideas I hear or see in my head are a process and take time to bring to fruition. Most of my students don't know Mr. Young performs. The ones that find out walk up to me and act as if am Batman and they keep my Bruce Wayne secret between us. I don't think most of my peers realize how much sleep I don't get cause I am constantly reading, researching, writing - dreaming. Most folks don't understand dreams take work if they are ever to happen. #WorkingInAmerica