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Jeff: Hello, Alessio. So good to speak with you once again!
Alessio: It is my pleasure, Jeff. Too much time has passed since our last talk!
Jeff: Tell me, how did you first get involved in music?
Alessio: It may sound funny, but like so many musicians, I learned early in life that music kept me out of trouble!
Jeff: Sounds familiar, for sure!
Alessio: For me, it all started at age 15. Let's just say school was not my favorite way to spend my time. Looking back now, I would have to say I was lucky to have strict parents who didn't allow me to get away with anything! So with that first bad report card, my punishment was to spend the entire summer vacation working in a machine shop.
Jeff: Not much of a vacation, right?
Alessio: Not any fun at all. But it worked out well, I have to say.
Jeff: How so?
Alessio: Leaving work one afternoon, I heard some strange noises coming from a music store on the corner of the street. So, I walked in, and saw two guys playing guitars. Real loud!
Jeff: Let me guess. You were hooked, as the saying goes! Right?
Alessio: You bet I was! From that moment on, I could think of nothing but playing music. It was on my mind day and night. No rest for the wicked, I suppose!
Jeff: So you bought yourself a guitar?
Alessio: Not so fast, I'm afraid. Working in a machine shop didn't pay very much money. But I begged my parents for a guitar. Relentlessly! Frankly, they became so tired of hearing me ask, they just decided one day to buy me one to keep me from asking again!
Jeff: Wow! I'll bet that changed your life.
Alessio: Yes, that's exactly what it did. In fact, it is still as fresh in my mind today as it was all those years ago.
Jeff: Did you take lessons right away?
Alessio: No, money was still very tight, so I taught myself to play, devoting endless hours to practicing until I started to get pretty good.
Jeff: There's nothing like a self-taught musician, I know. It comes so naturally once you've made the decision to follow that path.
Alessio: So true. Before long, I joined a band, and that was the beginning of the rest of my life.
Jeff: Well said.
Alessio: Call it an epiphany, I guess. But I quickly understood that a song could be simple, immediate, and original. Those are three ingredients others found very hard to find.
Jeff: I agree. Beneath all the notes on the page, simplicity is all too easily overlooked. And how have things changed for you over the years, Alessio?
Alessio: Today, Jeff, the Internet is my window to the world. It's the perfect place for people everywhere to hear my music.
Jeff: Indeed. What an amazing tool for any creative artist to use to advantage. Speaking of which, I invite all our readers to visit you on the Internet at www.alessiocolombini.com, where they can enjoy your beautiful music.
Alessio: Thank you, Jeff. I've enjoyed our time together once again.
Jeff: And thank you, Alessio. I have no doubt that your decision to share your story in this book will surely help many aspiring musicians, young and old, to follow their Passion for music, wherever it may lead them.
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