Now I have been following Dr. John for a long time. Born Mac Rebinac, he started as a guitar player in New Orleans. He was (accidentally) shot in the hand, and he switched to piano. He’s a boogie woogie, Cajun, shaman bandleader. He’s diverse enough to be in The Last Waltz and Exile on Main Street. He has a call-and-response style with his background singers not unlike Ray Charles. He’s recorded an album of nearly only piano that I listen to while coding.
So Gross asked him, how do I classify you? And John said, ‘please, call me a musician. Whether I’m playing piano, singing, banging a drum, composing, writing or picking up my guitar, I’m making music. It’s what I do. I’m a musician.’
This made me wonder who I think I am. I have a wide circle of friends who see me wearing different hats: father, fantasy football despot commissioner, workout fiend, dog chaser. At work, I’m a coder, project leader, dreamer, realist, pragmatist, strategist.
So I say, call me a digital ideaist. Because, if I don’t do it, somebody else well.
So who are you?