Music is a big part of Andrew’s life and he played piano and cello before taking up the guitar at 40. Now he performs alongside his son, Dan.
“You only need sufficient technique to convey what you want to say, though you have to be comfortable with your own skill level. Performing is like having a conversation with your audience. Music is all about engagement.”
As he’s moved through his fifties, Andrew has come to realise that there “are no rules – only those you allow to be imposed on you.” He deals with the stress of work and life in general by fishing and indulging in simple pleasures like baking bread. And there is always music.
Apart from the physical irritations of growing older, jazz aficionado Andrew feels that, on balance, age is a positive thing.
“You get to a point where, finally, you feel happy in your own skin. You develop mental resilience to the things that used to make you stressed.”