One of the many things I am grateful for in my life is music – in particular – my Dad’s music. I truly believe music promotes good health and healing. I was fortunate to grow up hearing live music every day of my life. My Dad is an amazing pianist, composer and arranger. He can truly play anything. I grew up hearing Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto – performed by my Dad in our living room. He has composed many original works as well as arranged popular and classical pieces.
In what now seems a life time ago, my Dad and I performed together 6 days a week (five nights and Sunday brunch). It was how I paid for graduate school. But, more importantly, it was fun, sheer joy. Nothing replaces playing that often – no amount of practice is the same. So I have, to say the least, lost whatever chops I ever did have. But, it is still a joy to play with my Dad.
So, here’s a little bit of me and my Dad playing on Christmas day. My bass playing isn’t so great on this – it is a fast paced song that I haven’t played in a long time, so it was a bit hard to keep up . . . but fun. (Also, the fall I had down my stairs was just before this little number . . . I didn’t know I had really injured myself yet, looking forward to getting better and having an easier time lugging my bass around)
My Dad is his usual amazing self . . . have a listen (the link below will take you to youtube – haven’t figured out a fancier way to do it than this)
By the way, my Dad is a cancer survivor too!
Happy New Year to everyone! I wish you health and all good things in the year to come!
Love and peace,