My son, Tim (lead singer in this video), spent most of his formative years in South Africa. He was eight when we moved to South Africa and thirty-two when he permanently moved back to the States. During those years he was in school a lot. He ended up with a Masters Degree in Bio Technology and taught high school biology for a couple of years afterward – I think he would be happy never to see the inside of a classroom again.
But what makes this story interesting is that during his university years he also learned to play guitar – self taught – and demonstrated an amazing ability to write lyrics, assign a tune and sing. He is a natural as a singer/song writer. Who knew?
Although he has never had music lessons to speak of (other than a few months worth of keyboard instructions when he was about 9 or 10 which he promptly forgot) he has written, I don’t know how many songs, and it has now become his passion. He has also developed some amateur recording skills and gotten experience working in more sophisticated studios recording some of his songs.
Before leaving South Africa he played in many different places – anywhere they would let him set up an amp and a mic – and even made a little money at it. He travelled to many different venues and even took part in a few festivals.
Now, however, he lives in Nashville, TN and is working to find a way into the music industry. Working full time leaves little space to write and sing but he does manage to get in a few gigs here and there and has also managed to make a few friends in the process.
This video was recorded at a gig he recently did in Nashville and the song is “Are You Coming.” I would say it is one of my favorites but he has so many I enjoy it is hard to assign “favorite” status to any one of them. Hope you enjoy!