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Looking back over my life I can, without any reservations, say I couldn't have existed without music. This statement has never meant more so to me than it does today; though the type of music I listen to has evolved somewhat. I make the statement reservedly, as I only wish to imply that my taste has changed.
Since those first lessons in my younger years, funded by a mother bent on exploring every opportunity for her offspring, I have expanded my repertoire somewhat. I will always be grateful for the sacrifices she made to afford me that tuition. Times were hard, and money for any sort of luxury (if it can be considered such) scarce. In retrospect, I can see a motive now fuelling her hopes for my future, as music offers career prospects as well as a vocation in life. From a social, rather than a professional aspect, music today has become very much a part of my life, and I state reservedly to my friends that my ability in music, such as it is, subtends from those early years studying the classics. The statement, however, doesn't imply a singular attitude toward my music appreciation, as I'm able to migrate my taste into any particular category. I have preferences however, and in most cases those preferences respond to my moods and can inspire me to the extent that it brings out the 'Walter Mitty' in me.
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My collection covers a wide choice, and though unlimited in the classics, curiously enough leans toward a futuristic theme in popular music. Since becoming involved in computers, I am fascinated by the sound demonstrated daily on the radio and TV by synthesizer's used in modern day compositions. In my opinion, electronic pianos will never replace the acoustic ones: the resonance of a string being something unique, and in a class instrument hard to imitate electronically. But I concede, as technology steaks ahead in this electronic age, I feel my opinion slowly being swayed by instruments that are achieving both the sound and touch of the acoustic instrument. When visiting my sister, I am tempted to play a few classics on her keyboards and am pleasantly surprised to hear how well they sound. In my CD collection I have many recordings by 'Jean Michelle Jarrè': his skill with the synthesizer leaves me breathless, and easily transports me into other worlds.
But truthfully, what gives me the greatest pleasure is to sit at my piano and quietly play all my favourite pieces and personally dabble a little in composition. To date, I have amused myself composing eight tone-poems, and have played these to my friends who have been more than flattering with their compliments. However, I'm confident they will never be premiered at 'The Albert', in spite of their' kind remarks. As you browse my website, perhaps pause a while on the contacts page to relate some of your particular tastes in music and what music means to you. In the above prose, I seek to illustrate how much music has lifted and motivated my life, and as I enter retirement, I look forward to many hours in my front room sitting at my piano, imagining myself to be in my own personal 'Carnegie Hall'.
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