Bernie Williams is not only a four-time World Series champion but also a classically trained guitarist whose first album, The Journey Within, was released in 2003.
SI.com: Do you plan to record a new CD?
Bernie Williams: I am farther away in the recording than I am in the planning. I am under contract with my current record label for another CD. It's all in the conceptual stage. I have a couple of ideas, but nothing is down.
SI.com: If you do another CD, what material will be on it and will there be any guest artists?
Williams: That is up to the record company, but I would love to play with the current people recording music right now. There is so much talent out there.
SI.com: Are you happy with the last record?
Williams: I was happy with the response, but I think I could have done a better job. Just the fact that I am not a recording artist -- at least I wasn't until that point -- there were a lot of things I needed to learn and there are a lot of things I would do differently.
SI.com: For example?
Williams: I'd take more time to record. It took about three weeks because we had great musicians, but I would have liked to have taken more time.
SI.com: Do you have any shows on schedule for this summer or any musicians you intend to work with?
Williams: No. Nothing during the season. I don't think George [Steinbrenner] would let me.
SI.com: Have you grown as a musician since the last release?
Williams: I think so. I listen to more music and just about the whole record industry. Because I was involved in recording a CD, I got a better appreciation for the studio musicians and the artists that record music. I appreciate how hard it is for them to have a recording career, doing all the promotions and doing all the marketing and playing live. I think running on the novelty that I am a baseball player, people are curious to how the music sounds, and once they realize that I am a little bit more serious about it than the average celebrity, then hopefully they will pay a little more attention. Obviously, baseball has opened the door for me, at least for people to listen.