Musical Experiences

I began studying the piano when I was about six. The joy of playing was somewhat diminished by the authoritarian approach of my mother, who carefully listened while I practiced and kept close track of the time. I persevered nevertheless, learned something about discipline, and became fairly proficient.

After leaving home for college at sixteen, I basically stopped playing for many years. In the early '70's I took up the flute at the urging of a musician friend, and found much enjoyment in it, although I never progressed very far in terms of technique.

In December of 1994 my mother bought me a piano, and I have hardly missed a day of playing since! I discovered, much to my amazement and delight, that I was able to pick up where I had left off some 40 years ago. It is incredible what the body remembers. Within a few months I had far surpassed my earlier accomplishments, and am now able to play through the Beethoven sonatas. Other favorite composers include Bach, Chopin, Schubert, and Rachmaninoff.

I also enjoy playing jazz and improvising, creating what I call "soundscapes,". Keith Jarrett, Cecil Taylor, and John Coltrane have certainly been great inspirations in this regard.

As a child, it was enough to play a piece in fairly correct timing, and without making too many mistakes. Now, with the experience of the years, feeling is far more important, and I can begin to understand the composer's intent as well as the notes. Playing often moves me to the depths of my being, and I cannot imagine receiving a greater gift than the piano.

Music I Am Playing

Music I Am Listening To

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