As a parent, you always hope that your children will find success and happiness. When my son Nathaniel was born, a colleague asked me what I wanted him to be when he grew up.
I immediately said “Anything that makes him happy”, which was quickly followed by “Any musician would be cool, though!”
For me, I’ve always found comfort in sound. No matter what life threw at me, I turned to music. Like a great friend, music has always provided me with the emotional stability I needed. I wanted this kind of friend for my children.
I grew up surrounded by musicians who played in bands. They took to the stage a few nights a week and thrived doing what they loved. Nathaniel is now 24 years old and has a bachelor’s degree in music education. Until recently, he had never performed on stage outside of a school event. To see him pick up his bass, plug into an amp, and make a room full of people smile with his playing was transcendent.
It was the smallest bar I had ever seen in Frankfurt, and the orchestra was squeezed into one corner. People seemed to climb on chairs just to move a few feet; yet, there was not a frown to be found.
Nathaniel, his band and the audience were all embraced by the music – finding solace in the sound.
Nathaniel works as a school bus driver. He plays music as a hobby. That’s what makes him happy, and there’s no better success in life than finding true happiness.