T.J. Sanders is living the dream he had as a college student. Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, the acoustic guitar player moved to Summit County when he was 24, started out bussing tables, worked for Christy Sports and finally landed an on-air gig at Krystal 93 in 2000. “I was doing the resort thing and chose this place as my final destination in life,” Sanders said.He writes more folksy songs on his acoustic guitar, more bluesy tunes on the electric. You can hear him on Krystal 93 from 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday or at his favorite regular gig, open mic night Thursdays at the Moose Jaw in Frisco.DreamsI’m doing it. I’ve wanted to be a DJ and a musician since I’ve been in college – though I’m not making the money I wanted, and it took forever. I had to pay some major dues – playing gigs for $25, playing for food, playing for drinks. Then when it comes to the radio industry, I never went to school for it, so I had to start with $6 for a training wage. I was just real patient.
My ultimate dream as a musician is to tour with a national act as a hired gun guitar player. I wouldn’t want it for life; I’d just want it for one tour, then start a family.Why play music?It gives me a purpose. It’s all I know and I enjoy it.What do you convey through music? Through performing music I try to convey a place and time and a feeling. It can be good or bad – the blues are good for that. Just because it’s a depressing issue, relating what you’ve been through to other people can make people feel not so alone. The good feeling is obviously feel-good music, getting people high on music. Challenges
My biggest challenge is to write songs that don’t sound childish or depressing. Also, separating my day job at Krystal 93 from playing gigs can be challenging.I try to stay away from negative people and bad relationships.I haven’t written a good tune (in my opinion) since I was 30 years old, seven years ago. Most of the good stuff people do is in their 20s, it seems to me, because that’s when you’re developing your friends for life and switching jobs.Finding time to learn and write new material is tough.AccomplishmentsI went into a friend’s studio and played every instrument – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, keyboards, plus I added a drum track and put down a lead vocal track as well on a song I wrote called “Storm King.” It was co-produced by a friend I sometimes play with, Jack Craig.
To stay freshI take vacations.When you’re not doing art? I ski my brains out.Anything else? Will I ever make enough money to buy a house?- Kimberly Nicoletti
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