I've been in love with the piano since I was tall enough to reach the keys of my grandmother's old upright. When I was ten years old, my choir-director father, finding himself without a pianist, drafted me at the last moment; thus began my life as a church musician!
Over the past 45 years I've played organ and directed choirs in a variety of religious denominations. I've also worked as a pianist for private parties and wedding receptions. While living in Jackson, Mississippi, I regularly played for holiday festivities at the governor's mansion; one evening I glanced up to see President George H. W. Bush passing by on his way to the receiving line. He flashed a brief smile: "Nice job!" Another memorable experience was performing during a private dinner for Vice President Al Gore.
Perhaps the most powerful musical experiences have been the unexpected: playing for a worship service in rural Scotland; trying out the organ in a medieval English church; singing ancient chants with monks at an isolated mountain monastery.
. . . if you'd like to chat about history, monks, or music, look me up: I'll bring the coffee, you bring the time.
And, yes, I love to travel: twenty-plus trips to the UK and continental Europe (twice to Russia), coming face-to-face with my love of European history. So . . .
P. O. Box 253
Prospect, KY 40059
November 2021: Just heard a stunning performance by the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra: Rachmaninoff Symphony #3 and Beethoven piano concerto in G-Major.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."
- BOB MARLEY
(c) Robert E. Lee, Louisville, KY 2021