I am a former journalist and music manager. My years itravelling with Russian (emigré) musicians have made me what I am today.
I play the bass balalaika but more importantly I have re-discovered the story of Gypsy singer Nadezhda Plevitskaya (1884-1940) and written a historic novel about her life. It is available in English and in German on Amazon. (ISBN-13: 978-1456553876 = English, ISBN-13: 978-0975737262 = Deutsch). Legally, I am retired and can afford to enjoy the view from my office window, or buy too many lipsticks.