For the better part of the past twenty years, I have made a living as a professional musician, and at this point in my career it is what I am best known for. It truly is my other half, with my first being obvious, and to this day I continue to perform both with my current band and as an occasional solo acoustic act.
As mentioned in the "About Ted" section, I've had the privilege of working on world-famous Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it is a period of my life that I have since compartmentalized as bittersweet. On the one hand, it provided the musical boot camp environment that would later benefit me a great deal as I navigated the waters of the music scenes in other cities after Hurricane Katrina. Getting attention based on the amount of material I had retained was easy in the cover band market of Birmingham, Alabama, and when it was discovered that I worked as both a bassist and a vocalist, the combined recourses placed me immediately into a certain rare and in-demand bracket. I have been very fortunate.
However, the experience of Bourbon Street tied in far too easily with my admitted addictive personality, and as a result, and already well-cultivated alcohol problem was amplified to the point of near debilitation. I had endured emotional and physical injures during my adventures in the French Quarter, most of which are documented in my writing, and I honestly can't turn my back on such rich source material. And so in this regard, as it turns out, I have also been very fortunate.