He stayed home on New Years, preferring to pray rather than party. In the early hours of 2004, he was struck with an insight that would change his life forever - he discovered he is, in fact, a songwriter.
Though he’d played improvisational piano since he was 8, he’d never actually written a song, nor performed in public since his seventh grade school musical (as “Nicely Nicely Johnson” in Guys and Dolls). Needless to say, this was a substantial and challenging change of course. A disciplined daily writing and rehearsal schedule (a minimum of 2 hours a day, every day) resulted in over a dozen songs in the first six months.
In June of 2004 at the advice of his vocal coach, he took the first opportunity he could to perform. A friend was organizing an event to get people involved in politics. One of the first songs he’d written was a song that was sort of political, so he offered to perform “(Didn’t Know I Was) Unamerican.” At showtime, two similar events elsewhere in the city that night meant a nearly empty house. For Ian, it was his first time singing a song in public. One of the few people in the audience happened to be an advisor to one of the Democratic Presidential candidates (Kucinich) and soon invited Ian to the Democratic National Convention.
Edited by Vic_Ferrari on 12 Jul 2007, 18:24
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