Have you ever wanted to be a rock star, or a gold medal winner, or a movie star?
All my life I have wanted to sing and perform. The dream to play the guitar became a must-do when I fell in love with "The House of the Rising Sun" and a good friend was patient enough to teach me the fundamentals of the guitar when I was seventeen years old.
It is interesting to note that when young children sing, in tune or otherwise, we all applaud and commend them on their fine performance! Yet as we reach maturity, the same people who smiled and encouraged us can often destroy our self esteem with well meaning comments like "don't give up your day job!", "you should stick to whistling" and "not everybody can sing in tune".
Friends and family were quick to let me know that singing was not my strength, so I withdrew into my private music world and only sung on rare occasions.
New songs and lyrics would often leap into my spirit when I was tinkering alone with my guitar. I would never share these creations for fear of being ridiculed and had no way of writing them down, so over time they vanished and so did my desire to pick up my guitar.
Before long an exciting career as an IT Geek swept me into long hours of working and often forgotten family commitments consumed whatever time and energy was left.
People used words like hard working, honest, innovative, caring and ambitious to describe me, yet in later years I found myself compromised in a business partnership and soon my entire existence collapsed around me.
I found strength in my silence, in my prayers, in my true friends and family, and I finally picked up my guitar and finally embarked on a long overdue journey of musical discovery.
Candid snapshot taken whilst banging out classic songs
on my original old guitar.
Often seen carrying my guitar, but seldom heard playing and singing
Have you ever wondered how you ended up working in your profession/job?
There used to be a time when there was no computer industry, no computer magazines, no computer games, no laptops, no tablets and only a handful of geeks.
Recording studios, like computers, were large, expensive, complex and only accessable by a few people. The ability for someone to write and record songs at home using portable computer technology was purely science fiction.
In 1969 fate moved her hand and allowed me to pass a computer aptitude test with flying colours and the next forty years passed by in the blink of an eye.