I was born in Little Rock (many years ago) and grew up on the north side of the Arkansas River. My dad wanted to name me Lance Alworth Hill (cool name) after the legendary Arkansas Razorbacks football player who went on to play for the San Diego Chargers and then the Dallas Cowboys (and later was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame). My mom had always dreamed of having a little boy named Timmy (not so cool name), so they compromised and went with Timothy Lance. Still, to this day, I am called Timmy by all of my closest friends and family. I had always assumed that Timmy was a nickname that I would one day outgrow, but apparently I was wrong. I introduce myself to everyone else as, Tim. Over the years, I have figured out that if I'm being addressed as Timothy, that's usually a pretty good indication that I'm in some sort of trouble.
I have been in love with music my entire life. Music is a critical part of my existence. I like to think I am one of the most diverse music lovers you will ever meet. Sometimes I hear people say, "I like Rock but I don't like Country" or "I love Pop but hate Rap". And that's perfectly fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But strangely, I have never heard people talk about books or movies that way ("I enjoy watching Drama's but hate watching Comedies"). Why should music be any different? I can't imagine what my life would be like if all I had to listen to was the same genre of music, over and over. For me, diversity is a good thing. I could go on and on about my favorite rock bands, from soft rock to heavy metal. I am like a walking Wikipedia when it comes to '80s pop music. I love listening to Native American flute music. I like classical (Edvard Grieg is my favorite). I can go from listening to Mike Oldfield's 'The Songs of Distant Earth' to Rage Against the Machine's eponymous deput album in a matter of minutes. I listen to whatever my mood is at that very moment in time. I have been writing songs, as far back as I can remember. I have played in numerous bands and over the years I have accumulated notebooks full of songs I have written. Some of them country, some that are rock and many of which do not fit any particular genre. Music is an escape for me, and that is exactly why I love writing it.
Each and everyone of us are comprised of many different layers that form and shape us into the people we are. Brick by brick, one stacked on top of the other. Like the Great Pyramids in Egypt, there are countless stones not exposed on the outside vital to the overall structure. Without those unseen stones, the outside would be a giant pile of rocks. We all have our own unique complex design that set us apart from one another. Within my personal pyramid, family plays a huge component. Travelling about and experiencing new places opens my eyes to new things. Eating great food makes me happy. Watching my favorite comedy movies over and over invites laughter. Riding my motorcycle relaxes my brain. I love sleeping, but can never seem to get enough of it. Then there is music. Music takes up an abundant amount of space within my own personal pyramid. It has always played a huge and extraordinary role in my life. I can't imagine my world without it. Thank you MUSIC and to all the incredible artists that are a part of the foundation that helps make me, me.
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