Hi, thanks for sharing your music!. I will have to update my soundcloud, I recorded on two new albums over that last two years, maybe I can put some of the stuff up. I'm traveling now, so I don't have my archives on a disk here with me.
I was very passionate in music at a young age, and I always had music in my head. I was talented in math and science, and I always thought I would be a doctor or a surgeon (I love working with tools and doing high skilled work), but when I was 16 I got to play a guitar for the first time, and I was hooked. I dropped out of sports entirely to dedicate my time to practicing and mastering the guitar. I got a scholarship to study at a conservatory and got my bachelors in performance from University of Wisconsin, a unique collaborative program for guitarists. The program has since been pulled from the University.
I put in a solid 15 years in the music business, and I felt as though I had accomplished everything that I wanted to do, so I decided it was time to let it go. I kind of got burned out as well, and the music in my head pretty much stopped playing. That's where I'm at today. I just don't have any passion for it, and I don't hear music in my head anymore.
Music to me is like looking at old photographs. Songs remind me of a certain time, or person, in my life. I listen to lots of music, some you would even be surprised by (pop music, electronica, house etc.) because every occasion requires a different soundtrack. Today I just listened to pet shop boys, Alejandro Sanz, Mister Barrington, and Miguel, mostly because I was driving most of the day.
Cruise ships are great gigs, and they are a great way to cut your teeth so to speak as a young musician. I had a couple contract offers a few years ago, but it coincided with the birth of my son, so I turned it down. I think I would have really enjoyed it, but I lost a colleague and a friend who drowned in the caribbean while we was working on a cruise ship contract. He took a swim, and it was his last. His name was William Lovell III, a rare and beautiful soul. He is surely missed. That memory would be difficult if I were to be working in that setting.
Music is a tough business, and each year it gets harder and harder. I think as adults we want more comfort and security in our lives, but thankfully I was able to buy a home and have some financial security from my music career. I hope nursing gives me unique experiences like music did, but I know it will be much different. That's kind of what I'm hoping for anyway. Take care, thanks for sharing.