Tom Morley, 63, used to be in Scritti Pollitti and is now a drummer/story teller who runs a team building company. Here he gives brilliantly frank answers to our questions.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
WHAT IS YOUR AGE?
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I run a teambuilding company, mainly using drums (we’ve got 300), harmony singing, storytelling and deeper personal development. I’m moving into keynote speaking.
WHAT IS IS LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?
Surprisingly much better than I imagined. I guess when I was seventeen this is what I imagined being 40 would be like. I sometimes walk into parties and think “Blimey! It’s full of old people”, and realise they are my contemporaries.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?
The knowledge that I’ve done stand-up comedy and got away with it. After that you can do anything!
WHAT ABOUT SEX?
I can satisfy my wife better (she’s taught me) and I wish I’d learned more about such things when I was a younger man. I feel sorry for some of my ex-girlfriends.
I get on with people, generally around shared values and shared projects. I don’t think I’ve said “Let’s go for a drink” without some sort of agenda for 30 years.
HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?
Spiritually free, financially shackled. My work is all about setting people free so it rubs off on me, and they expect me to embody freedom.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Walking the talk.
WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?
Movies on my Facebook Timeline about good people doing good stuff.
WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?
WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?
Into about a gazillion projects. I have the proof.
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
I’ll welcome it when it comes. I have some stuff to do first.
ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?
Yes, and I will never stop. I believe dreaming is the source of all important breakthroughs in human history.
WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?
At a BLACK TIE WHITE LIE event I organised the singing of “Happy Birthday” to three different people consecutively in the very centre of Waterloo Bridge, dressed as if we’d been up all night, swinging empty champagne bottles and playing African drums.