Meet Tom...

22.5.17

I thought it was about time to properly introduce you to my partner, Tom, seeing as I mention him so often in my posts. It's going to be difficult not to be gushy about this man as I am so in awe of his many wonderful qualities and talent, but you'll soon find out why I feel this way about him.

If you'd like a bit of history first - we met at a mutual friend's pre-Christmas party just over eight years ago. I wasn't even going to go because I had to work the next day, but my friend convinced me it was going to be worth it. Little did I know then just how worth it going to that party would prove to be.

I won't go into the rather clichéd details, but we met, we chatted and both seemed to feel something was happening between us.

At the time, I was still working forty hours a week in an accounts office. A stressful job I was beginning to feel very tired of. Meeting someone like Tom, who was earning his living doing the very thing he loved - music - gave me hope I could jump ship to a more satisfying career.

Tom is a very talented musician - but you'll never hear him admit it. I have never met such a modest man, and when I've prised out of him some of his achievements, he mentions them with absolutely no expectation of a fanfare. Although I'll be sitting there in absolute dumbstruck amazement.

He started playing the guitar as a child and progressed through the exams, gaining grade 8 in both classical and electric. He went on to do a Degree in Music and now teaches guitar full-time.

However, he's also done the band thing and was at one point signed to Sony. He's going to hate me telling you that. As so often happens, differences between the band members meant they split before they hit the big time - although one of the band members now writes for Lana Del Rey.

When Tom isn't teaching he's composing and you can listen to some of his tracks here. Tom's High Tide Studio provides music for use on websites, YouTube videos, and television and radio advertising. He has clients all over the world and it's great to see the variety of media his music had been linked to.

On the classical front he's played in concert with Giulio Tampalini - twice - as part of the Woodfield Ensemble. For Tom, a bit of evening guitar practice will often be a complicated piece by Francisco Tárrega.

This quiet dedication to perfection threads its way though everything that Tom does. I never see him frustrated by something that's difficult and he always manages to achieve results. It is this perseverance that has been an inspiration to me, encouraging me to continue with something when I really don't think I have the stamina or patience to see it through to the end. I wouldn't have completed my own Degree without his encouragement and support and I'm not sure I'd have believed in myself enough to consider pursuing a career in the arts.

Living with a creative person definitely helps when you're struggling with motivation, wondering whether you stand out against all the many, many talented people trying to make a living in the arts, and a myriad of other doubts and disappointments. For all his success, Tom has those moments too, and it's nice to have someone to share them with and know you're not alone.

Of course, there's more to Tom than just his music, but I need to keep some of this stuff to myself... for now.

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