How long have you been practicing your art form?
I started playing guitar when I was 15 years old. I was hooked immediately and it seems like I’ve never put down the guitar during the last few decades! I have been a singer since I was a small child. At the age of 16 I wrote my first songs. I have been a Music Therapist professionally for nearly 22 years.
What is one of your favorite memories or stories from your artistic journey?
I’ve been in a great number of performance situations over my life as a musician, but one of my favorites has got to be the evening I performed a few of my original songs during a songwriter’s showcase in Dublin, Ireland. They introduced me as someone who came from “all the way across the pond” just to sing for them. The Irish audience was so attentive and appreciative. They were great!
What's next for you artistically?
A little while back I wrote 100 songs in the space of 2.5 years. The songs were inspired by my wife’s miraculous survival from Stage IV brain cancer. These songs never mention illness, but they express a much more mature experience and understanding of life than I had previous to her illness and survival. I hope to merge my wife’s beautiful, inspirational and dramatic story of survival with these songs and create a movie and/or theatrical performance which will be meaningful to people.
Apart from that, I’m sure that I will always keep my ties to Music Therapy.
You can find some of Brian's lyrics and songs on his website, www.brianzachek.com