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Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 01:39 AM

Musicians have some stories to tell, and so do the people around them...

 

For now I've just been giving some background about myself so that it appears somewhere in the blog.  If you have something fun to share please jump in! 😊


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Posted on Jul 18, 2018 at 05:48 AM

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Posted on Jul 04, 2018 at 06:17 AM

Last night I played bass at a Christian youth conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  What a wonderful group of people at this Haitian American church!  If you have never heard the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ, you are missing out my friend!  Even though I am not of Haitian descent (news flash 😂), I felt perfectly welcomed, at home, and even loved.  Christians call this love the love of Christ, and it is real.  And in case you didn't already know, Haitians rock.


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Posted on Jun 28, 2018 at 01:38 PM

I would love to hear you play. I play violin 


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Posted on May 27, 2018 at 03:31 PM

I know this was posted in 2015, but if this is still an activity you do, I would like to watch you play? 



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Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 02:18 PM

Please see 'My video introduction' for a time-tested Dave Chappelle (comedian) clip inspired by this blog (I was the one inspired by this blog to include the clip on my page -- Dave Chappelle has probably never seen this blog! 😂).  If 'My video introduction' is not working for you:  Electric Guitar, Drums or Electric Piano Pt. 2 - Uncensored.

 

Btw, this clip is funny because it's so true that some of the best musicians in the world eminate from these rich cultures (I have only to think of my own musical experiences right here in Broward and Miami-Dade!).


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Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 05:24 PM

Very handsome I would love to hear some of your music one day 


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Posted on Oct 08, 2015 at 02:45 PM

During the weeks and months that followed, I continued to play at that Christian café every Saturday night until about 2 AM sometimes later (fortunately my dad's church where I was also playing met late Sunday afternoons).  All sorts of bands and individuals asked me to sit in (play with them live on stage), even when they already had a bass player.  Playing with more than one bass is a real treat when you play a 3/4 bass as I do (my page has a photo of my bass) because the bass guitar players will often take the faster and higher stuff freeing you to make a nice walking bottom or just fill in with a strong root.  We often had top local jazz guys at the café, and during our live jams I could find the root so fast according to one professional keyboardist that he called me the root man 😂, and offered me the opportunity to play his regular gigs whenever I had time.  Never be afraid to play slowly, even using whole notes, if it will make your band sound better.  Always listen, listen, listen.  And remember, find the groove -- that's where the funk will be. 😂

 

But after those first few weeks and months something cool happened... (teaser!)


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Posted on Sep 29, 2015 at 08:08 PM

I am music, I started off singing, playing the Viola and upright Bass at the age of 7... At 9 I fell in love with the keys and taught myself piano. All throughout school I have played several instruments and marched in many bands.


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Posted on Sep 26, 2015 at 05:00 AM

I love music. Music is life! I can't imagine life without it. I have played the clarinet since the 6th grade and now my son chose to play it. My dad first started my sister and I off with a C harmonica lol. We'd blow that thing until our faces turned blue or dark blue lol. Anyways, I now own many intruments for fun. Just wish I could get that piano down packed. Getting that left hand to go with the right is a major challenge for me. Almost like rubbing your belly and scratching your head at the same time. lol. However, I get it slowly until I can play a full song with ALOT of practice. People say I have my own band at home because of the many instruments. Most of them I don't even play, like the trombone and trumpet but I figured I could at least play around with them and also hope that the kids choose to pick up one of them as their craft. Oh and I my favorite challenge is the BASS! Yea! I can do a little bit of something on it. GO Bass players!


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Posted on Sep 17, 2015 at 08:17 AM

....Music is synonymous with freedom, play what you want and how you want, wherever good and has passion, that music is the food of love.

D. Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) American Musician


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Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 04:17 PM

Good evening!

 

As far back as I can remember I have been drawn to music.  The funny thing is it doesn't matter what genre, its the sound that carries me away.  There's not one culture's music that I've not fallen in love with.  Weird but joyful.  Musicians have to love first their music then everything seems to fall in line.  Having dated and supported artist (musicians, photographers, painters, poets, and writers) I grow to understand their need to be at one with their project until it was done.  As a result (even if short lived) I'v enjoyed, songs, paintings, photography, and jewelry that I (don't laugh) inspired them to create. 

 

Music is hynpotic.  Don't think so?? Just take a moment to feel the music the next time one of your favorite songs (or music) is playing.  You (in that very instant) can feel everything you felt when you first heard it.

 

La musique est joyeuse!

 

 


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Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 12:08 PM

After some time off the stage (still singing, just not performing) and away from my bass, I started playing bass again.  This time I played almost exclusively by ear and only for fun.  I loved it!  My dad heard me play about a week in, and by the end of that week I was playing with him by ear at the church he pastors (yes, after being a truly wild professional musician he became a Christian and later even graduated from seminary 😂).  A couple of weeks after that, a good friend invited me to a Christian café where musicians performed every weekend in a decently sized venue.  I noticed that first night that the act on stage had no bass and it drove me crazy.  I met the guy in charge (very cool guy btw) and he said, “Go get your bass.”  I came back with my bass only to find that the act I had seen had already been replaced by another -- still with no bass!  This act was an actual band, and they were quite good, real musicians, and very entertaining.  Then much to my surprise, they motioned for me to join them up on stage!  I found out later that the guy in charge had set everything up in advance while I was getting my bass from home.  We played (and sang – female lead singer) our hearts out.  Everyone loved it... What a night!


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Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 11:04 AM

I performed as a vocalist every week and for concerts at my church following college (btw, during a service you lead worship, which is actually quite different from a performance in that you are not there to entertain).


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Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 10:50 AM

I was in another touring choir as a teen, followed by some cool musical experiences while at Northwestern (I was there one year before transferring to Stanford after NU suddenly ended their 3/2 program with Kellogg).  At NU I played bass by ear for the first time and sang, all as a Sinfonian (very cool music fraternity).  Any fellow Sinfonians out there?


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Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 10:34 AM

I was also in a boys’ choir starting in the 4th grade that was on TV pretty much every week, performed regularly around town, toured the country every summer, had records, and was told by The American Boychoir (located in Princeton) one year that we were better than they were.  I met boys from both that choir and the Vienna Boys’ Choir I think about every year.  People loved our act, which even included a play (not unlike the Vienna Boys’ Choir).  What a lot of hard work, and what a blast.


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Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 10:33 AM

I played and performed trumpet until a school music teacher (he was awesome) convinced me and my family as I began the 5th grade that I should switch to Bass.  I started private lessons with one of the best local bassists (classical), who also hand-picked the 3/4 bass I still play today.  Mostly I performed in school, and more seriously with the adults in church.


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Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 10:31 AM

I still remember hitting my first double high C on the trumpet at an age that couldn’t have been any younger.  My dad taught me.  He had been a professional entertainer in a popular band that played some pretty cool gigs.  He only stopped to preserve his marriage to my mother when the band started playing Vegas.  They are still married btw.  Sadly, I believe the other guys all lost their wives while there.  He graduated from a top music conservatory that he got into because he could play anything he heard on the trumpet -- without first being told the key.  He also arranges music.  He met my mother when his band was looking for someone to play flute for an event – her unique tone landed her the job, and her brains my high-IQ dad.


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