I like to travel. Fortunately, my music allows me to do that a lot. In 2007, I was the first non-classical western (and American, much less Texan) artist to be invited by the Ministry of Education for the People's Republic of China to lecture and perform for the Tian Jian Conservatory of Music. While there though I also performed for the MIDI School of Music, which was an underground music school teaching western jazz, pop, and rock and roll without the approval or authorization of the government until 2000, Communist China used to be a dangerous place to do anything without the governments approval. I was most honored by the latter opportunity.
In 2008, I did a tour of India that was sponsored by the Times of India. Along the way I played for the most common people living on the street to the remnants of the Raj and made a DVD of that tour (Available in music stores September 2009). I was having dinner in a western cafe in Mumbai when that city was a target of organized terrorism. This life of travel is not all loveliness.
I have played music professionally for 13 years and have had to re evaluate my goals quite frequently along the way. First it was the Rock and Roll dream of my childhood. That was quashed when my first record deal offer from Atlantic Records was swept off of the table by a collapsing music industry. Second was to make a living doing the thing that I enjoy most, entertaining. I have been quite successful at that one, though much harder work than I expected. The third was to experience as much of the world at large and its people as possible. I am still quite busy with that one. The fourth is that when the day comes that I can no longer live this musicians lifestyle, I would like to write a book about my experiences that would be as exciting for the people reading it as the real thing was for me. And the fifth and final goal that I have now is to not be a bitter and burnt out old man when it is all said and done because while I was living in Nashville I saw the remnants of the last generation of music makers and quite a few were just that.