(observation, 2014) Being the grandson of Richard Rodgers and taking up a career in musical theatre seems a little bit Sisyphean. I'm perfectly sanguine about that at this point, perfectly comfortable. But when I was writing 'Floyd Collins' I think I was really trying to sort that out; 'What if I don't do as well as he did?'. I mean, he did so extraordinarily well - and when you're in your twenties you think you might actually do justice to that. Now I'm forty-nine, and I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen. But I love the work
Since my 20s, I've tried to learn a new instrument every couple of years. And when I say learn, I mean own. I'll buy one and then out of guilt I start trying to learn it. And I often find that some of my best music comes from the early stages with that new instrument, because I'm not bringing the great history of Paganini to the violin when I pick it up. Instead, I'm bringing some kind of scratchy, hanging-on-by-my-fingernails attempt to gain entry into that musical language.
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