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Leon Russell

He didn't give up his day job — or his dream

He didn't give up his day job — or his dream

Everyone can root for an Everyman like Robert Bidney, a guy balancing a respectable day job with a dream that seems just out of reach.

For Bidney, who works in the advertising department of Office Depot's corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, the dream was a music career, standing on a stage playing songs he had written and collected on an album that he could put in people's hands.

One day in February, Bidney, 60, a Cooper City resident with a wife and two 20-something kids, decided the dream couldn't wait. He went for it.

"I decided that this year, after supporting my family and raising my children all this time and giving them virtually everything I have,"...