CANTON - Robert E. Larrabee has been interested in playing music and singing songs for most of his life.
But with five daughters and a busy work schedule, his musical talent was placed on the backburner for many hears.
The 38-year-old works as a state trooper assigned to Troop B and is also a volunteer with the Canton Volunteer Fire Department.
Now hes managed to bring music back into his life.
About two years ago he decided to teach himself how to play a guitar his wife, Elizabeth R. Beth Larrabee bought him for Christmas.
The guitar sparked an interest in writing songs and playing country music that continues to grow with the support of his family and friends.
Its a nice escape, Mr. Larrabee said. It gives me a something else to think about and focus on.
His first song, Tickle My Heart, was inspired by his wife, and daughter, Kayla.
One of his favorites, When a Hero Dies, has been entered in the Texaco Country Showdown Songwriters Competition.
To hear the entries and vote, log onto countryshowdown.com. The voting deadline is Aug. 31.
If successful, the finalists will face off in a November competition.
Im hoping this gives me some exposure, Mr. Larrabee said. I love playing. So far, its just been for fun.
Although hes mostly played at family parties, he did get the chance to play at The Canoe Place Inn, Hannawa Falls.
Interest in theater and singing date back to his time at Pulaski Central School where he performed in theater, band and chorus.
As a student at St. Lawrence University, Mr. Larrabee continued performing and taking theater classes.
Although he didnt pursue acting as a profession, he never lost interest in performing. In 2004 he played Tevya in a community production of the musical Fiddler on the Roof.
Besides his wife, Mr. Larrabees biggest fans are his five daughters, Kiersten E. 14; Brianna R., 13; Brooke K., 10, Kayla M., 8; and Jenna C., 5.
Mr. Larrabee continues to write songs and perform for family and friends.
Im waiting to see how far it goes. Its been a lot of fun, he said.