My love of music was ingrained in me at a young age. Both of my parents played guitar and would have regular jam sessions with other musical friends. My mother played piano so we had an old piano and organ that I would play around with as a kid. My Mothers side of the family lived and breathed music. During family get togethers my Grandpa would whip out his fiddle my Grandma her guitar, and they would play old tunes while the rest joined in with their voices and wide range of musical instruments. Music was a very large part of my childhood.
My love for classical music came about when my Grandpa Dave gave me a portable transistor radio. It was the coolest thing! It only received AM transmissions and the only station I listened to was the classical music station. At bedtime I would curl up with my little radio and listen to Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and all the great composers as I drifted of to sleep. There was something magical listening to the beautiful music filter through the buzz of the AM radio static.
In grade school I took violin lessons, and piano lessons. I never followed through with them for one reason or another. In 6th grade I picked up the trumpet and marched along side my wife (she played the clarinet) in the Jr. Rose Parade with our school marching band, we took second place! It wasn't until a few years ago while humming the song we played that my wife and I realized we were in band together and that annoying marching band picture my wife kept urging me to get rid of had her in it too!
I gave up trumpet to play football (huge mistake) hind sight is 20/20. I stopped playing music unless I was messing around on my moms piano or guitar. While I was growing up there were so many great musical scores coming out of Hollywood. Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, are three of the main ones that really inspired me. John Williams who composed all three inspired me to love movie scores. In High School James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, and Hans Zimmer would blast from my car stereo when BIG window shattering BASS was the in thing. I didn't care what was cool because I loved listening to that music. People probably were embarrassed to ride as passengers in my car, but I didn't care.
Later on in life, I took a few guitar lessons from my mom and father in-law. However something about the piano always held my interest. So naturally with today's technology with keyboards and computers I dove right into music using both. Currently I have forgotten how to read music, so I play by ear. I like to tell people I play by ear as I listen to my heart. I am excited to see where that takes me as technology increases, and as I learn how to actually play piano (in a technical sense of the word). I have always loved music and how it can break language barriers and evoke ones emotions no matter what language one speaks. Music is the universal language of the heart. My passion and motivation is to create music that moves me personally, that I can share with others. There is no better reward than hearing how the music I create makes others feel, you can't put a price on that.