During vacations from his law firm, Jayson Heart lives on the set of Spinal Tap. Shielded by bodyguards from swarms of adoring European Goth fans, he mounts a stage and settles behind his drum set in a haze of smoke and red lights. He is flanked by two female mannequin torsos draped in chains. From the ceiling hangs a 12-foot plywood face mask onto which are projected images of, for example, the JFK assassination. Backed up by a Berlin church choir, he accompanies “the unofficial soundtrack for the end of the world.”

Mr. Heart is not a legal Walter Mitty. He drums for Saviour Machine, a “Christian Goth Opera” rock band with a sizable following in Germany, Greece and the Bible Belt. When he’s not on vacation, he works as a second-year associate (under his given name of Jason Hartley) in the San Diego office of Kaye Rose & Partners, the bicoastal maritime boutique.

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