As a Musician with a Day Job, are You Leading a Double Life?

Originally posted, August 4, 2015.

As a musician and a technology writer for an insurance company, I live a double life. Triple life, if you count Linked-In. My musical half (playing and writing music since the 1960s) has been experimenting with some of the tactics recommended by this generation of music career “coaches,” including expanded internet presence. Actually that’s more curiosity than anything – I don’t expect to start a full-blown music career at this stage in my life, but I frequently help younger musicians with such questions and would like to have more than hearsay to go on. That said, my still-have-to-earn-a-living half remembers countless friends who have been bullied or browbeaten at work for having outside interests, and – most specifically – two talented, hardworking graphic artists for a schoolbook publisher who were fired for occasionally getting out their banjos on their lunch hour – good thing I always kept mine in the trunk.

Many professional (non-music) contacts over the years have friended me on Facebook or Linked-In.  Occasionally recruiters will google my personal home page just to make certain I’m reasonably “normal.”

So those aren’t necessarily the best places to post protest songs or silly songs about working in an office or the like. Or even to talk about music and related issues as though I take them seriously.  That’s why was born.

Here’s a question – how many of you live a double life as a musician or artist or something else?  I think it’s harder when you go “up the scale.”  Nobody raises their eyebrows when they find out that their waiter is in a band, or their favorite barista is taking art classes. But if you’re an insurance company manager who would rather play bass guitar or paint landscapes than golf, you’ll hit a “glass  ceiling” in a hurry.

I’m still getting used to this blogging software, so if you post a comment and it doesn’t show up within a few hours, I probably screwed something up.  So I’m asking in advance for your forgiveness. But I would be interested to know how many other folks have the feeling that they’re leading a double life in this sense?


About Paul

Paul Race has been writing and playing all kinds of music since the 1960s, though he tends to favor acoustic and traditional songs. He has created resources like,, and to help other musicians get a good start on their own journeys.