In a very small New England church, the organist ends her final hymn. The clamor of the socializing begins as families and seniors begin making their way to relatives, friends, and warm, familiar conversation.
As the peacefulness of the day almost subsides completely, an anxious spark within two very small brothers sends them straight away to the church's spinet piano where the friendly noises all around provide them with more than adequate cover for their somewhat theatrical re-creations of Mrs. Butler's powerful, gospel-influenced stylings. Most of the people didn't complain too much, but boy, did we have a great time!
Years later, I would add on to my treasured early experience, studying both technique and performance with Professor Emeritus Henry Santos, a renowned concert pianist, music scholar, and historian. Jazz theory and arranging would be learned from distinguished faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, and later, by continuous, on-going exploration and self instruction.
Today, the days of early fun with the piano have returned...not only through performance, but also, recording. Have a look at my growing list of albums. While my audiences have grown, one thing has and never will change....it's all about what people want to hear...what will invigorate and renew!