This is who I am: intelligent, funny, eccentric (or "weird" for you common folks), musical. Music is my # 1 thing in life. It's been there since I came out of the womb and it's part of what I do for a career. Like with any other human being, I do have my share of strong suits and flaws. At times, I'm not the easiest person to deal with but I do have my side of compassion, inner beauty, humour and gentleness. I'm a complex beast at best, as you'll find out. It's what makes me who I am.
If it's not too obvious, I'm a musician and have been at it for 23 years (started when I was 7)! It never ceases to amaze me when people ask me "What's your real job?" or "Do you do anything else besides play music?" Yes, it's my real job and no I don't have another gig to go with it. I teach music lessons on a daily basis (something I've been doing for nearly 10 years) and I play guitar and sing in a local band that is making a name for itself on the circuit. In addition to rock guitar; I dabble in jazz, blues, rockabilly, psychobilly, classical and some country.
I consider myself blessed in what I've managed to accomplish in my life with music. It's taken me all over the U.S. and the whole of the UK on numerous occasions. All great experiences. I'm also glad to say that I'm very happy with the band I have now and the steps we are taking to get to next level. From being a bar band to a band that can write great music that is memorable!
Do I want to be a rock star? Not necessarily. The way that it is today from the increase in drug use, stds and whatever else that used to be glorified excess; that's not for me. Also, the thought of having TMZ and the likes on my door steps to see me take the rubbish out to the curb would not be my idea of a good time.
Do I want to be recognise for what I do? Yes. I do believe that if you work at it hard enough and do whatever it take to stick out like a sore thumb, it all pays off in the end. Leaving your audience happy and wanting more ensures that one has done his/her job.
Pretentious or arrogant? Of course, I can be. I think we all have a dash of that sort of thing. There's always room for pretentiousness. That's why God (or whatever he/it is) invented Prog-Rock Music and David Bowie.
Joking aside, I'd like to think I'm a person worth knowing. Or at least cool enough to know. I just hope that the person is the same in return. It's very hard to find people who are just what they are in real life as they are on this wonder known as POF.
The deal: For the time being, I'm not really too keen in dating or a relationship. I feel that life is just too short for me to invest too much time, energy, emotion, and money (not that I make a fortune with what I do to begin with) to invest into something that'll end before it even really begins. So, for now, I'm interested in getting to know people and, hopefully, form some great friendships. If there is some sort of romantic interest along the way, I wouldn't be opposed.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
Surprisingly for this musician, I tend to stay away from the venues I perform at as much as I can on my off time. Unless it's to go and support a musician friend/acquaintance. I think it tends to be a bit of a distraction from the conversation @ hand of getting to know someone. That and I want to try to save what's left of my hearing. ;-) The other thing is that I wouldn't exactly want to show my interest where I work right off the get go. It is what I love to do and of course, I would love to share that with someone I care about. I do, however, find it to be akin to being a car mechanic and I'd bring my date to the garage. Nothing like a night bathed in motor oil, anti-freeze, and freon.
For starters, a nice restaurant for meal. British or Italian dishes, preferably. Then off to a lounge with a great dj spinning some killer tunes. If not a dj, then a jazz band or solo pianist. I suppose finish it off with an endless walk or drive around the city, discussing in depths about each other and our views on the world in general.
I hope that's not too over the top. ;-)