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J - I'm a Jazz Junkie!
Posted On 09/09/2017 01:08:57 by yourchoice

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?

Tags: Music Jazz Gospel Classical


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09/11/2017 12:39:15

Thanks Aria, I love Kenny G too, and have posted a YouTube of his music on my page. When any of my readers have time, drop by and have a listen.

09/09/2017 23:09:59

Like you, I love music most everything except hard rock. I have never liked music played loud probably because deafness runs in my Mother's side of the family and loud noises hurt my ears.  When my father bought the Farm that I grew up on there was a Bellows Organ there and after we would come home from church Services I would sit at that organ and play the hymns that had been sung that morning. When I began school my mother gave me a small piano accordian and one of the sister's at the convent School was a Music teacher. Within 6 months I had outgrown that accordian for it never had enough keys once I had gone through several music books. Mum could not afford anything else. After leaving school I bought my first Guitar and taught myself to play as I would memorise tunes and trying to read music was hopeless. Once I knew the tune i never bothered to look at the book. I taught my older sister to play and we become a singing C&W duet and sang at many functions and at one stage made a record but after married life, life was too busy and I rarely played again until my mid forties when I bought a Yamaha keyboard. I still play but not as much as I would like. In the next few years as I grow older I will  have to give up some voluntary jobs and then hopefully will have more time to spend with that Keyboard.

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