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Victor L. Wooten

Describe your latest project.
My book The Music Lesson is about a musician who desires to improve but doesn't know how. All of the usual things he is doing are not working. One day, an oddly dressed stranger appears in his house claiming to be his teacher. But this stranger claims that he can teach him nothing. This starts an unusual but insightful journey between teacher and student. The student (and reader) learn more about Music and Life than expected.

  1. The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth through Music
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    From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Wooten comes the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great.
If someone were to write your biography, what would be the title and subtitle?
A few years ago, a biography was written by author Paul Hargett. It's titled Me and My Bass Guitar.

Describe the best breakfast of your life.
One of my favorite breakfasts is Peaches and Biscuits. It's one I learned from my mom as a kid. The easiest way to prepare it is to put a can of peach slices into a pot. Pour in the remaining peach juice and add a small amount of water. Mix in some sugar and cinnamon. Heat to a desired temperature. Pour on top of biscuits or break up the biscuits into the peaches. Then eat away. It's like having peach cobbler for breakfast and getting away with it.

What is your idea of absolute happiness?
Happiness is being content and grateful with where you are and knowing it's still going to get better.

What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
I indulge myself in Life. It's both wicked and benign.

Why do you write?
Writing in this way is a new endeavor for me. I enjoy this as a different way to express myself. It also helps me to grow.

Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
I had one reader tell me that even though my book is about Music, she could relate each element of my book to her profession, which is gardening. The two seem unrelated, but now I know that they are not.

Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin?
All of the above.

On a clear and cold day, do you typically get outside into the sunshine or stay inside where it's warm?
I make sure that I get outside every day regardless of what the weather is like. Understanding, accepting, and respecting nature should be important to all of us. Closing yourself off from any part of it may not be the best way to do that.

Talk about your vision of the ideal life.
The ideal Life is doing anything that is pleasing to you while benefiting the rest of Life.

Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
All of the above.

Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.

The Tracker by Tom Brown Jr.

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert

Illusions by Richard Bach

Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch

Message of the Master by John McDonald

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Victor L. Wooten has won four Grammy Awards, two Nashville Music Awards for Bassist of the Year, is the only three-time winner of Bass Player magazine's Bass Player of the Year, and is an original member of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

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