SINGER / PIANIST
Probably the most conspicuous element in my musical styling is a very strong tendency to "depart from the script." I love to improvise, and, having
grown up with an early exposure to jazz, both instrumental and vocal, my
interests and enjoyment of music are usually influenced by what the melody
line and chords suggest as interesting variations.
To me, music has always been a form of communication limited by the
imagination and skills of the musician and only rarely by the listener.
The "language" possibilities are usually subtle, but enormous. This is,
I admit, a paradox I imperfectly understand, so it is for me a continuum
of change, challenge, and imprecision, but which is certainly no more so
than emotional attachment, which is its driving, unpredictable force.
My musical background (which began at age 3) includes singing solo and
with choirs, quartets, and big bands. I play piano, harmonica, and trombone.
My mother was (and still is, at age 87), a very talented pianist/organist
with an uncanny ability to hear a song once -- and play it. Or to read
a score, simultaneously transcribing it into any other key. My dad sang
professionally on radio and was also in demand for most of his adult life
for his rich baritone voice and wide familiarity with popular music. My
mom's sister was an extraordinary violinist and vocalist. So, my exposure
to music was early, varied, and of a very high standard. All of my
four children are blessed with exceptional voices and instrumental skills
so I guess heredity has been an important element in my love and performance
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