Another birthday and I am so grateful for my life and passion for music.

I’ve been playing music for decades and I am so fortunate to be able to do it semi professionally.

I love the anticipation of waiting for the perfect note to come out of my instrument, making my fingers ache with anticipation. This is what makes every birthday worth celebrating.

I started playing music when I was six years old and began studying jazz at age seventeen in Auckland  NZ. This was not an easy life decision because I had no idea what the future would hold, but I knew that this is what I needed to do.

It was another birthday turning 61 and I am so grateful for my life and my passion for jazz and blues music.

I don’t know what I would do with myself without it. It’s like food or water or air, you know?

Truthfully I love being a granddad.

I guess the point of all this is to say thank you for your support.

If you are reading this, thank you for reading this. If you are singing along, thank you for singing along.

This year has been an amazing journey filled with lots of ups and downs. The thing that kept me going was the fact that I can still express myself through music. I hope that this next year will be even better, but I know it will be great because of the great people in my life.

Many of my friends and family send me birthday wishes on Facebook, Instagram, or through email. I like the way it feels to see all the well wishes appear in my inbox.

I also like to find ways to show my appreciation for their thoughtful messages. For example, I might buy them a present or take them out to coffee.

I know that this is an easy thing for me to do since I’m not working full-time now. But you can still let your friends and family know how special they are without spending much money by sharing some of your favorite memories with them or giving them a small present that reflects their interests or something they’ve mentioned that they want but don’t already have.

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