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Ben Wolfe: The Freedom to Create

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AAJ: I hate to end with a cliched question, but what's next for you? You seem to have a lot of ambitions—film scoring, bandleading... What would you like to focus on next?

BW: I'd like to do both, as much as possible. I'd love to score a film; I wish I could start working on it tomorrow. I would love to continue writing these string pieces I'm working on, until they're finished. I'm going to compose this piece for this concert on December 28 in Portland. I want to do all those things. I want to play gigs with my band. I want to write for films. I want to make recordings. I want to write music, and I want to play the bass. I want to do all the things. Because for me, when I'm doing them all, then I'm me. I'm not...broken off. To me, it's all the same. It's like they go together; they feed each other, in a sense. When I write the songs, I know them. I know the inside of them. It's like I create my own little world to be in.

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