This is an essay I wrote in 2007 for lord knows what purpose. I think 22 year old me would be pretty happy with the outcome.
I received my first bass guitar for my birthday freshman year of high school and from that point on all I really wanted to do was play music. A few years later when it was time to apply to colleges I had a very narrow field of vision, so narrow in fact that I only applied to one school, Duquesne University. I passed my audition and was accepted in to the Music Technology program.
Now, I am rounding out my last year of undergrad studies and looking toward the future. During the past couple years I had lost sight of why I really came to Duquesne. I started taking graduate level Multimedia courses on top of my full load in the music program and was looking at other possibilities outside of the world of music. At this time I began J. Winslow Media (jwinmedia.com) as a web and multimedia development business which has since expanded into Straight Ahead Media (straightaheadmedia.com) and is still very active.
This year, though, my passion for music has been rekindled, and while I have some ground to make up, I am well on my way to the level of performance expected of a professional musician. I play bass with a respectable jazz trio as well as a four piece entertainment band ready to play lounge acts or even spend some time performing on cruise ships.
My plans for the future involve so many different possibilities that it is going to be exciting to see what unfolds. As I mentioned earlier I have been working toward a Masters Degree in Multimedia and I have been doing web development on the side for the past couple years so this is still something I want to explore. I feel web design is one of the last remaining places where art has not been corrupted by mainstream media and mass production.
As for music, it will always be my first love, the one thing that I just feel like I am doing exactly what I should be. It would be great to spend some time on cruise ships playing with my friend and pianist Brian Buckley. We have already found a way of interaction and communication with one another in jazz that can years to develop. In all, the future is looking bright and I know I am going to have a great time exploring more of what life has to offer.