Title: J - I'm a Jazz Junkie!
Tags: music, jazz, gospel, classical
Blog Entry: I am a lover of music. If you have read my profile page, you already know that, and I haven’t change since I posted it. I was brought up with music in my veins. My grandfather gave me a used  Heintzman upright grand  piano when I was four years old, and I started piano lessons shortly after. We lived on a farm so it was quite an effort for my parents to get me to my teacher’s dairy farm some miles away. My lessons continued with the same teacher until our family moved to the city when I was eight years old. When I earned my certificate for grade 10 music, focusing on classical music, I switched to organ lessons. I was asked to play in the worship services at our church. My parents made arrangements with a church across the street from my high school so that I could practice in the mornings before school started. Most school days, I was at the church around 7 a.m., giving me about an hour and a half of practice time before school started. I had little opportunity to play the piano when I went into nursing training, but whenever I was able to go home on days off, my mother always enjoyed the time I took to play my piano for her. The piano stayed in their home until we had room in our home. When we downsized our home, the piano moved to our son’s home, thinking that our grandkids may be interested in learning to play it. No luck… they were into sports and other things, and music was supplied on CDs and DVDs. It was the gift of an electronic keyboard that helped to change my focus on music. I loved the “jazz” setting and learned to improvise music in my memory to a jazz beat. I was hooked. Our home is rarely silent, especially when I am home alone. Music fills the air, sometime with volume cranked up for Gaither Homecoming Southern Gospel Concerts, and other times with soft and soothing instrumental music. When I’m home alone, out comes the jazz music, I am a junky! Oscar Peterson and Diana Krall, both well known Canadian jazz piano players, are at the top of my list, but I also enjoy many other well-known jazz musicians… Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few. When you have some time, visit my page for some smooth and soft jazz. What kind of music do you enjoy?