ARCHETYPES: Gene Dobbs Bradford
A converstaion with Gene Dobbs Bradford, blues musician, triathlete and executive director of Jazz St. Louis.
What is your current frame of mind?
Open to and examining possibilities.
When and where are you happiest?
When I’m with people I love…anywhere.
What is your favorite smell?
Chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven.
What is one word that describes you?
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Eggs and toast.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Indeed;” “It’s easy once you know how;” and “What’s the good word?”
What is your most marked characteristic?
What is your greatest weakness?
I trust too easily.
What trait do you most admire in others?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would want to be a better musician.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My daughter, Mireille.
Which living person do you most admire?
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Sir Ernest Shackleton.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it would be?
I think this is my time to do my thing.
What is your most treasured possession?
My great grandfather’s pocket watch.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Clothes. And on certain occasions, a glass of wine at lunch.
What is your greatest fear?
Not meeting my potential.
On what occasion do you lie?
When the matter is of no consequence, and telling the truth doesn’t serve any purpose.
Who are your favorite writers?
Faulkner, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald and Peter Drucker.
Which artists do you admire most?
Mick Jagger; he’s unfiltered and puts it all out there.
What is your favorite hobby?
Where would you like to live?
What is your favorite journey?
Who are your heroes in real life?
People who try to make the world better.
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
What are you most looking forward to?
Doing something great with Jazz St. Louis.
What is one thing you wish would happen?
I wish I would win the Powerball. It would make some things happen faster.
What is something you still want to learn?
In another life, you’d be?
A rock star.
What is one thing you want to do before you die?
Finish an Ironman.
If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be?
‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis’ most inspiring,
well-known personalities based on the 19th century Parisian parlor game
known as the Proust Questionnaire.
Photo credit: Wesley Law