Philip Glass used to drive a taxi

According to WNYC’s Studio 360, via Mark Ho-Kane:

In 1976, Philip Glass was an unknown composer – almost pushing 40, and driving a taxi to make ends meet – when he got his break: a new work performed at New York’s echt-prestigious Metropolitan Opera House.

Einstein on the Beach was composed by a New York City taxi driver. That completely blows my mind.

Also, as someone who got an early start and then watched as everyone caught up with me, I’m always encouraged by those who become wildly successful rather late in life. Maybe there’s hope for me to make a comeback.