On the Couch with Riley Lee

Riley Lee AAR On the CouchWho is Riley Lee?
Well, once he was a small and very lucky boy, who was allowed / encouraged by his parents to become anything he wanted to become – but only if he tried to be his absolutely very best, at least some of the time.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would try to be more thoughtful of others more often.

Who inspires you and why?
Our three grandkids inspire me, because they notice and enjoy little things. And my many musician friends inspire me as well, because… I can’t really explain it. Magic?

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would continue to play for others on my simple bamboo flute.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I travel so much that being home in Manly is a real treat for me; it is definitely my favourite holiday destination. We can see both the Sydney Harbour and the ocean from our windows.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I would take them to see a Taikoz concert, because it would be surely be a rare treat for them.

What are you currently reading?
The Lankavatara Sutra; a Zen Text (Translation and Commentary by Red Pine).

What are you currently listening to?
Onze Mille Vierges (Eleven Thousand Virgins) by Hildegard of Bingen, performed by Anonymous 4.

Happiness is?
Answering these questions with six-year-old Freja sitting on my lap.

What does the future hold for you?
Making magic in The Beauty of 8 with my inspiring musician friends in Taikoz.

Riley performs with Taikoz in The Beauty of 8 at The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie (19 July); The Joan, Penrith (20 July); Canberra Theatre Centre (25 July); Civic Theatre, Newcastle (26 July); and NIDA Parade Theatre, Sydney (27 July). For more information, visit: www.taikoz.com for details.

Image: Riley Lee (supplied)