I spent a long time thinking I wanted to be a musician as my primary vocation. I came to music late, but worked ridiculously hard at it, and I learned a great deal, although not quite enough. One of my problems was that I thought I was going to be really, really good. This is not to say that I had an inflated view of my talents, just that I set my sights unrealistically high: I’m a bass player, and my ambition was to play electric like Gary Willis and upright like Dave Holland. It was never going to happen.

Along the way, I was involved in some rewarding musical ensembles, and I had a lot of fun at times. At the moment my involvement in practical music making is limited to playing bass for the wonderful Al Lindsay, but there are a couple of other pots on the simmer.

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