What’s Next For Paraplegic Frank Barham’s Music Career

Editor’s Note: Fifty-six year old Frank Barham is living his dream. Frank has learned that a musician never stops learning and never reaches the pinnacle. Jazz is a never ending journey of study; trying to become better, and learning to share your feelings through the music you play. Part 5 of a 5 part series.

I realized that teaching wasn’t the career for me. I thought, “If I have to start all over, why not try to do something that I love. I have no illusions of becoming some famous rock star; that is not what I want.  I want to support myself doing what I love and that’s it. Right now, we have a very low overhead. I am choosing to live simply so that I can simply do what I love.  I view the embracing of the growth process and the pursuit of my passion as success.  I don’t think of success as some specific point I will arrive at one day. When I feel that I’ve played something well, I get a tremendous sense of accomplishment.  It is very gratifying when the crowd responds positively to my playing.

Frank Barham feels accomplished when an audience responds positively.

Frank Barham feels accomplished when an audience responds positively.

I was asked, “Frank, where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” I guess the answer is pretty simple; I’d like to be happy, fulfilled, and playing music.  I hope to continue to grow as a person and a musician.  Financially, I hope I can survive doing what I love. Thanks to my wife, music and the people music has brought into my life, I feel revitalized.  While the future is uncertain, I’m excited about the possiblities my life has to offer.

If you’re in the Atlanta area, you can often find me on Monday nights at Northside Tavern on Howell Mill Road; Sundays look for me at the Family Dog on North Highland. I also look forward to playing on the International stage at the Atlanta Jazz Festival on May 26th with Edy Martinez.

We hope you enjoy this clip of Frank rehearsing:

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than