I love to perform with school and civic orchestras. It lets me see the music through a fresh, young set of eyes. On a recent tour of the middle schools throughout the heartland of the United States, I was amazed to find that the level of musicianship of these lads and lasses was nothing short of astounding. I wish I could play like that.
I'm passionate about giving back to the music community.
For the past 43 years, I've refined my technique and musicianship while taking it upon myself to perfect the canon of musical literature that all of the masters before me have successfully confronted. The result of my labors is a string of successful performances, along with audience and critical acclaim..open mics are a waste of time..playing for tips is unprofessional.
Performing, composing, arranging, recording, producing, loving. Painting Carpentry Electrical work shovelling horse shit..digging holes in the ground..picking up rocks..planting plants in the ground....weeding and pruning shrubs and trees...carrying lumber..nailing lumber together..hauling fish...fixing cars and such..playing my guitar.
Mine are the eyes of a composer, too.
Don't think that I'm confined to just performing. Oh, no. I have been formally studying composition for the past 52 years with the best private instructors and through the most renowned musical training institutions in the world. I'm always available for original, commissioned compositions...it`s a good thing I can write music because I can`t play it.
I can say humbly and without ego that I'm not your average musician. I started my musical training at the age of 2 under the stern tutelage of my father, himself a musician who played numerous instruments, including the harpsichord, ukelele, accordion, bass trombone, flugelhorn, baritone saxophone, washboard, harmonica, clarinet, rotary trumpet, slap bass, and piccolo but was tone deaf..I`ve been in a few bands like that..the one my friend played drums in his brother was a drummer..my alcoholic friend Jan on bass...my narcissistic brother and I played guitar..we all sang..Dick the drummer..Dick Tracey is/was an extrovert and he wanted to be the lead singer but he was tone deaf..he did take singing lessons.
The other guy was a great sax player and a great guy but couldn`t sing a note.
It was clear from the moment I was born that music was to be my destiny. Almost as soon as my father cut the cord, he was teaching chord theory and other formal constructs of music. This early training turned out to be invaluable, as it paved the way for my more formal training at the most prestigious musical institutions in the world my living room being the best.
My great great grandfather was Alfred Phasey a euphonium virtuoso in London and a member of Queen Victoria`s private ensemble..his kids were musicians as were their`s. My aunt was a successful pianist in London as well..I`d like to think I`m carrying on a tradition.