We had the good fortune of connecting with Roger Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roger, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
So, first off, I am hardly creating a creative career. Instead I am mostly working on re-inventing myself with an avocation. It’s called acoustic music. I am drawn especially to bluegrass and old time music. This is a 180 degree turn from formerly working as a professional mortgage broker for 34 years. The word career may not be the appropriate description for me. I think I am a reborn musician.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am not sure this is inspirational but it is who I am. I have had a few significant work experiences over the years. Working as a professional piano tuner and playing music hardly lasted. It mostly provided some ego nourishment. I briefly built a recording studio business. This followed a run of nearly a decade in the cable TV industry. Without logical transition, I found myself working for a bank as a professional loan officer; then an independent mortgage broker for three decades. And finally after raising a family and retiring from the mortgage business, I find myself a semi professional bluegrass musician and volunteer in the local music community.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
OK, this question of a best friend visiting and painting the town red is hardly fair. We are now approaching 1 year of pandemic lockdown. A good friend visiting? I would take them to bluegrass music venues, which have all disappeared. I would take a friend to Del Mar, to Old Town, to La Jolla, to bluegrass jams. I would also take them hiking and mountain biking to provide them with an outdoor look of San Diego County.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s difficult to recognize one person or group or cause that has provided inspiration for me to re-invent myself. I am mostly grateful to my mother for providing piano lessons at 12 years old. I am also grateful for attending a phenomenal high school once. A long time ago I attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City. I never thought the experience would inspire me so many years later. As a teen I was an art student but played music too. (That high school morphed into a national treasure located in Lincoln Center, New York City. It changed it’s name to the Fiorella LaGuardia School of Art and Performing Arts.) So many years have passed. I never pursued a career in art or music. There was a hiatus of ten years. After moving to California I stumbled on a pastime. I rebuilt a piano and somehow started tuning pianos. I got a job working for the national recording artist Neil Young. Yes, he was an inspiration. I moved to Southern California and built a professional recording studio. I played music professionally and intermittently. I went another 35+ years before again embracing music. So you ask me for a shoutout? How about, thanks, Mom. (She passed away in 1995)