I’m a pretty good piano-player. Often the best in the room. 

And I love to play. Every day, I play.

That’s been true since I was 8 or 9, and when I was 21 I decided to make a career of music.

I spent five years tramping the streets of London, hustling for gigs, hassling agents and hoping for a big breakthrough.

Not only did it never come – the breakthrough – but I started to hate playing.

The struggle around trying to earn a living from music was ripping the joy from my art.

Now, I’m enjoying a vocation – this – which isn’t playing music, but which gets close to art, sometimes. I’m changing lives, changing businesses and getting paid well.

That leaves me space to play what I want, when I want, and with whom I want.

The three gigs I do this year will net me £250, but honestly I’d pay to do them.

It’s my passion. 


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