Life has been interesting, to say the least, and it has had it’s share of ups and downs. All in all I can’t say that it hasn’t been fun, although there were times when I wondered what the heck I’m doing here. I took up the guitar when I was 14, a few years back now, and it has been a friend and companion ever since. I never got good at it, but it’s more about the fun than the mastery, and I can at least play enough to fake my way through the occasional blues jam session. The year 2014 marked my 50th year of messin’ with guitars, and I was extremely lucky to be able to have my very own “signature model” guitar built for me by a talented Tokyo luthier, Shin Ichikawa. So gear-wise I seem to have reached the pinnacle. I have great guitars and great amps, and I’m only lacking in the talent and skill to use them to their full potential. However, it’s never too late to learn and I have decided to finally get my butt into the woodshed as often as possible and see if I can’t get a little bit better at squeezing some music out of all these wonderful toys that I have.
Back in 1971 I got interested in photography. I got myself a Nikkormat 35mm film camera (sort of an entry level Nikon – I still have it) and started taking pictures. I also developed my own B&W film and made my own prints. Things have changed a bit now, but I still enjoy taking pictures, although the post processing has changed a lot over the years. Now it’s digital cameras, magic photo processing software and Internet galleries and photo sharing. It’s all about the fun though, so I keep at it, take a few snaps whenever the mood strikes me, and wait for my Pulitzer Prize. I haven’t gotten it yet, but I’m expecting to hear from the Pulitzer committee any day now. Maybe right after I win the lottery.