***image3***Master Sgt. Bruce McKenzie, 435th Medical Operations Squadron, recently recorded a jazz instrumental music CD called, “Destinations.” Mastered in Trier and manufactured through SONY-Austria, the CD can be purchased at Moms Music Store on Ramstein, Sembach and Vogelweh. Two dollars from the sale of each CD will be donated to the Fisher House. Read more about the Fisher House at www.fisherhouse.org.
This is Sergeant McKenzie’s third CD. He has been playing since he was in middle school. The CD “Destinations” costs $12.95 at Moms and $12.97 online, www.brucemckenzie.com.
What did you want to be when you were a kid? I wanted to own a company that designed cars.
In which country would you like to live?
I would like to live in Jamaica at some point because my father is Jamaican and it would be cool to also live there.
What truth about yourself would you like people to know? I am not a “social butterfly” and I don’t like a lot of attention. However, I love to help people solve problems.
What is never missing from your fridge?
My wife’s favorite snacks, water, and Gatorade.
Why jazz? Jazz is an expression, mainly through instruments and it is not designed to sway you to think or feel a certain way … it’s mainly improv and captures the moment, sort of like a snapshot in time. The listener can be anyone (male/female/old/young/American/Korean, etc.) Jazz is relaxing and is an outlet for reflection. It’s the kind of music that “words” can’t describe.
What is your favorite activity during the day? Working in a chance to let my wife know how much I love her.
Your favorite saying? “No problem, I can do that.”
Your favorite song? “Aint no need to Worry” (Anita Baker/Winans)
Which meal can you prepare yourself?
If you were organizing a dinner to which you could invite five people from any place and any era, whom would you invite?
Linda Austin, my cousin in Aurora, Colo.; Gregg Bass, my cousin in Greensboro, NC; Maj. Herbert Coker, a chaplain who is stationed at Lackland, Maj. Constance Banks, my last supervisor stationed in Korea, and of course, Mrs. Oneida McKenzie, my wife.
What would you like your gravestone to say?
Had fun, learned a lot and the best thing about life is love and learning − you can never get enough of either.
Why Fisher House? As a medic in the U.S. Air Force, I have seen first hand what the Fisher House Organization is all about. The organization takes care of people in a special way during crisis; what they do for the families and for our fellow warriors is truly magnificent. I had the opportunity to tour the Landstuhl Fisher House and was very impressed and thankful for their efforts.
If you won a lottery and no longer had to work to earn a living, what occupation or vocation would you pursue? I would like to start a foundation such as the Fisher House to help underprivileged people get a second chance on life. I would also like to pursue my music career and have my wife as my manager (she would be a very tough manager too, so I wouldn’t have to worry.)