What other jobs might you be interested in if you weren’t so busy writing music? Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty
Photo courtesy 21st Century Music Management

If I was not a composer I would either run a used book store or be a lounge cocktail pianist. I have always loved the smell of old books and enjoyed rummaging through the stacks never knowing what I might come across.

For years I was a lounge pianist and enjoyed playing all over the globe during my student years. One meets many interesting and strange people at the gigs. My most unmemorable lounge gig: Ramada Inn, New Jersey Turnpike, Exit One.