Some people say, “Their life is an open book.” Mine literally is. In 2009, I released my first book, Hutzler’s: Where Baltimore Shops. My department store fascination dates back to my childhood. I can’t explain this interest and I’ve learned that it doesn’t really need an explanation. We are all wired differently. We are not all the same and that’s the way it should be. I am drawn to the roles—economical, historical, and social—that these emporiums assumed. If you knew me, you knew that this was my unusual infatuation. Tell me your city and I’ll tell you about ‘your’ stores. For years, people encouraged me to write a book. I did, seven of them, and counting. I’ve appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and have given lectures at the New York Public Library and New York Fashion Week, among many, many other locations. These books have changed my life.
I don’t like it when people ask me where I get more joy from, music or writing? It’s not a fair question. Does it truly matter? I’ve been a symphony musician for over 25 years. Music has been a major part of me for many years and it has been my sole identity, until 2009. The stage is different for me right now. I am reinventing myself and am attending graduate school at Hopkins for a Museum Studies degree. I don’t know where it will ultimately take me and my future is both unknown and thrilling. I know that I’ll always see myself as a musician. It’s hard to get that out of your blood. But as I slowly close a chapter on one part of my life, I am excited about what the next chapter will be. Most likely I will be writing it myself, and talking about it.