(It's a big 'un so go and get a coffee ... a Malbec even better)
Writing and composing for The Arts is not Raymond's first career. Nor his second. Nor ...
But it is the one that those others, Family-Creator, Architect, Writer, have all been leading towards, have been preparing for.
Life does that whether you know it or not, tries to put the pieces together. It's a Zen thing.
And yes, Family-Creator is totally a career. If you are very lucky you will never get to retire.
Raymond closed his Architectural Consultancy to concentrate on his twin loves of Music and Writing.
In fact he retired from his career twice, the first time aged 29 reasoning that if you retire from something then it is no longer work, instead an interest that you then can have fun exploring and enjoying.
And altogether that spanned over 50 years starting with a small firm in Birmingham, England, later moving in to Local Government there, afterward going on in to Private Practice until closing its doors almost 40 years later.
Alongside this Raymond wrote for popular UK housebuilding magazines for many years: design, construction and materials series, feature articles and more. Additionally he has sat on design panels, and also wrote a regular monthly column on aspects of the Housebuilding industry.
He has travelled extensively in America through a 35 year association with the Housebuilding industry there, and has been featured in Forbes Magazine (US), The Sunday Times Lifestyle Magazine (UK), has appeared on Grand Designs (UK), has acted as Consultant to This Old House (US) on a featured UK project, and has been referenced in a UK Housing Industry research document.