Should you learn piano or guitar first?

I don’t think so! You probably have so much more fun learning music that you don’t get the same mental and physical stimulation. Even in my most recent teaching job, they have to ask me what I like.

Have you ever worked in a classroom?

I don’t think I have actually, but I suppose you could argue it’s possible. My most recent teaching job did involve doing some music, just something fun for the students to do. The students were really interested though. I like to think that I’ve been able to teach these young people to appreciate and enjoy music.

Are you going to work again professionally?

Yes, I did go back home to New York City for a few years because my father was still here so he could help some with work. I did some freelance work here and there but my real love is music. Maybe someday I’ll end up working in a record deal myself.

What’s it like working on a project like this again?

I think the most enjoyable part is just going through it all again. It’s nice to see all the people I came up with come alive in some way. But it’s a little frustrating to watch the work go down the drain because we’ve got a deadline for it. It’s like a game-changer to see stuff come to life though, and it’s hard to let it go.

Have you made any new recordings recently?

I’ve just finished a record that is on my shelf that I didn’t do in 10 years. It’s called “Kiss My Ass” and features some original recording with the same band that we used to write with, the Hooligans, who have toured with us for the last 10 years. It’s really good!

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Have you decided to work on this again?

Absolutely! When people ask me why I did what I did, I just say I love to do it. I can’t tell you enough about working with different bands and how that made a difference. It’s a great process as a composer and musician; it puts everything together and you have to have a unique perspective on any one song without over-thinking every detail. There are times you just want to write it down and get it out there. That being said, I think I will have to make some new recordings again. I can’t write at this rate.

I see that you have a book coming out called “Piano and Cello.” Tell us