Billy Childs: The Perfect Picture
AAJ: You have been playing the piano since you were six. What do you think you would be doing if you were not playing a piano?
BC: I can tell you about things that I like the idea of doing, but I don't know if I would have the intelligence or the discipline to pursue it. But I always liked science-like things, like mathematics ... and I also like poetry, I like Cummings. I'd be a writer. I would do that if I weren't a musician. Ultimately it is about what moves you. I like music, but music is not my whole existence. I like sports too.
AAJ: What's music to you, then?
BC: At its best, music is a more perfect representation of what life is. It's a description of life, an illustration of life. Like in a dream, you dream an alternate reality of what life is. That's what music is; it's an alternate reality of life. The craft that you learn, to me, is in service to try to describe things in life and things in your head.
Billy Childs, Autumn: In Moving Pictures (ArtistShare, 2010)
Billy Childs, Lyric: Jazz- Chamber Music Vol. 1 (Lunacy Music, 2005)
Chris Botti, To Love Again: The Duets (Sony, 2005)
Billy Childs, Bedtime Stories: A Tribute to Herbie Hancock (32 Records, 2000)
Billy Childs/Buster Williams/Carl Allen, Skim Coat (Metropolitan, 1999)
Billy Childs, I've Known Rivers (Stretch, 1997)
Billy Childs, His April Touch (Windham Hill, 1997)
Billy Childs, Child Within (Shanachie, 1996)
Pages 1-3: Courtesy of Billy Childs
Page 4: Courtesy of Rich Breen
Page 5: Tony Gieske