Hi Mario -
No, I haven't heard your voice. I didn't know you had a web page, so I went to your profile and found the URL and tried to download one of your thingies, but never got one to download. =-(
Yeah, it's definitely a music *industry* and as a matter of fact, if you're talking to someone in it, it is "THE industry." As in "ah, he's not in The Industry, so he wouldn't understand." NOBODY takes themselves more seriously, believe me!!
My younger daughter has been studying music/cello since she was about 6 years old. I doubt very much if she'll be a professional cellist when she graduates uni, because she's just not driven enough. But it's a nice income now and will put her through university and probably take her around the world a time or two, so that's enough. The panel at school were dissing her CELLO, not her (G). She's not much concerned with her looks, actually. Her sister is "the pretty one." I hate when people do that!
Interesting about the USMC and all the Russian and all. I know what you're getting at in a way, because I'm always quick to point out that I'm AMERICAN even though I tend to be very British in many ways. My father was in the USN, I'm not 100% sure of the whole story, but I understood that he gave up his British citizenship in order to serve in the USN. I think it was at the advice of his father, who was "somehow" involved in the Royal Navy (UK).
I just thought I'd ask about the background - hope I didn't offend you.