SM: If whoever is guarding the passage from this life to whatever waits afterward asks you who you are, what will you tell them?
TB: I’d tell them that I am someone who has done my best to make a positive contribution on this plane of reality.
SM: When was the last time you made an unexpected connection?
TB: They don’t happen very often, but probably when I was in NY. I met this guy named Jon and it was like we were old friends as soon as we started talking. My connection with Saul Williams was similar. What he was looking for in a producer/musician was something that I was able to pull off, and that led to me doing a track for him and going on tour together. Maybe those connections happen more than I realize…
SM: What’s to be done with all the frauds and flatterers of the world?
TB: We need them so that we have examples of what not to do. Flatterers are fine, but they can skew your perception of whats real, and have you thinking you’re amazing when you really need more work. And frauds will help those of us with real talent to differentiate ourselves from the B.S.
SM: When was the last time fortune smiled on you?
TB: Fortune has been smiling on quite a bit lately. Doing this piece is a bit of good fortune.
SM: Please add an anecdote to our growing collection.
TB: If your wings are made of wax, don’t use q-tips.
SM: When you go for a walk, do you look at your feet, or do you look around?
TB: I like to be aware of my surroundings. I see my feet everyday, why stare at them en route?
SM: If we communicated with visual images instead of words, how would you say your name?
TB: It would be a picture of a statuesque Greek god with a massive beard playing air guitar.
SM: When was the last time you took a good long look at the sky?
TB: A couple weeks ago. In the Midwest late at night, you can see so many stars. It’s quite amazing.
SM: When was the last time you got lost?
TB: I get lost about once a week, sometimes more severely than others. On tour it happens several times a day.
SM: Please describe an impressionable moment from childhood.
TB: My 5th Christmas was when I was first introduced to playing instruments. My mom bought me a keyboard and from that point on, I knew that making music was all that I wanted to do. 20 years later, I feel the same way (but my keyboard is bigger).