What You Is, 'cause if you be what you ain't, then you ain't
what you is. . ." originally found on a tombstone
in Arizona - and now memorialized in his song - "Be What You
Is. " Tom wrote that and a whole lot more in a musical for the
stage, entitled "Yips!." He writes a lot these days. . . music,
stories, and the thoughts one accumulates from just being around
"My whole life has been a journey, an exploration, and an effort
to stay tuned to the bigger picture, the power of words or the
gift of a musical phrase. My radar occasionally blips and I
see through the panorama to the details. When I focus on the
details and deliver them through an artistic medium the journey
is complete; a song, a program or a play is born. And the song
or the program in concert with an audience? - it's magic."
has come to the conclusion that institutions are difficult places
to look for yourself. So Tom scratches around in the stuff of stories
and catches the melodies singing in his ear, all with the idea of
getting connected to himself as an artist and - hopefully in doing
that well - to the community.
A writer once said in a review of a Tom Prin Trio concert, that
"Listening to Tom Prin is like wearing your favorite pair of slippers.
It is really comfortable and just makes you feel good." Tom Prin
has something special for you.