Someone once asked me at a friend’s gallery grand opening what it is I do when I’m not composing music. It was hard for me to answer that because as my life history has had it, I have spent majority of my life around, listening to, and composing music. It was almost like I was a deer caught in headlights. I was struggling to find something, anything, even something small to say that wasn’t musically related. I finally admitted that there’s hardly anything I do outside of music. However, I do have other hobbies that tend to take a backseat to my music. I love spending time with my family, traveling, visiting museums, attending art functions, seeing plays at the local theaters, and going to movies. Other than that, I spend time reading and enjoying my days off. When I go on vacation, I always like to go with friends and family. It’s not often that I get to see some of my extended family, since they are in the UK, but I do like to take a spontaneous trip to see them every now and then. A couple of my family members and I like to take day trips to surrounding cities in the UK. We find museums and art galleries that aren’t commonly known and that we’ve never been in before. It’s always interesting what you find in them.
I like to volunteer my time at different events that involve music. One of the ways I do that is by teaching young children ages five up to fifteen how to play instruments because I believe that incorporating music into their lives earlier on in life at a young age will help them develop academically. I believe they will be much more advanced than the children who aren’t exposed to music. It’s fun getting to see how each child learns differently on different instruments. It’s also interesting to experience their growing interest in it. When I see a child take a keen liking to a particular instrument, I waste no time encouraging them to continue playing and learning it.