Around the same age as I learned the record player I became enamored with Spider-man. I do not remember whether this came before or after a fascination with spiders. (I am particularly fond of jumping spiders, they're cute and lively. One day I was playing guitar and noticed one on my knee, "dancing" as it watched my fingers. I say "dancing" because the reductionist in me thinks that the behavior I observed was an effect of the spider's prey-targeting circuitry, though the mystic in me wonders differently.) Anyway this fascination with spiders branched into a fascination with insects and other creatures and the workings of life in general. All that plus a latent fascination with video games is how I came to earn a degree focusing on artificial life.
Many interests and passions have flared and faded during my life, and music has proven to be the truest and most enduring thread weaving through it all. I may have found my highest calling this time around in using music to help people.