I grew up reading Shakespeare and Mark Twain.
I started playing the trumpet when I was about eight.
I taught myself to play the piano, because I wanted to play it.
No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you'll do alone.
You can take as much as you can from the generation that has preceded you, but then it's up to you to make something new.
That's maybe the most important thing each generation does, is to break a lot of rules and make up their own way of doing things.
Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the English language? That would be: Say, isn't that the banjo player's Porsche parked outside?
The idea that I wrote something that stood for the way I feel about things, and that it lasts, that's probably my favorite thing that I've done.
So I had a couple of years of playing trumpet. I really enjoyed it, but it was not the kind of instrument you could whip out at a party. Let's face it.