The Muse claimed me at a young age. When asked if my parents made me practice piano, “no, they had to make me stop!” Not even Academia (B.F.A. California Institute of the Arts) could quench my ’freak fire’.
And like Persephone, catastrophic personal tragedy dragged me kicking and screaming into the Underworld as a teenager. I was lost there for too many years, but eventually found my way back to the Land of the Living. And then I wandered as an alien and stranger upon the earth for too many more years, struggling to make sense of what I had experienced.
My Quest and the vicissitudes of life took me to many realms: entrepreneur, musician, corporate America (including technical writer at IBM and programmer at Microsoft on the C++ team), harpsichord maker, college mathematics instructor, martial arts instructor (Kenpo), translating the New Testament from the original Greek — and although each has their beauty (and darkness), none of them was Home. And in my wanderings I was enchanted by the glass armonica — a musical instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin, which I have played professionally including performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and at the Hollywood Bowl with the Blue Man Group.
Which is all well and good — with no apparent alternative I threw myself into the World in search of my own Grail, achieving some small modicum of Wordly ‘success’ in the process. Who can call himself ‘swimmer’ who hasn’t thrown himself into the ocean?
So now what? Hence this blog.