Search

5. Once More With Feeling....

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

At this critical juncture I either had to get my grades up or part company with plans for a college degree. If my heart isn't into something, I will eventually lose interest and abandon it. At this point, the only thing my heart felt strongly about was music. So, I made an appointment with the Music Department Chairman to audition for placement as a music major. I showed up. We talked, and then he led me to a piano. I had availed myself of the plentiful pianos that were available on campus so I was able to improvise and play some rock pieces by ear but then he put some music down in front of me and asked me to play it.


Although I had been singing and playing in rock bands, I had not read piano music for eight or nine years. I took a deep breath, summoned all my concentration and will power and somehow managed to identify enough notes to stumble through a very shaky reading. When I had finished, I was assigned to an Intermediate adult piano class and given the go ahead to start registering for the core music classes required for music majors. I was grateful and realized that I had only squeaked through by the Chairman's kindness and the grace of God, but I was determined to make it work.


Later experiences showed me just how great a human being, musician and educator that Department Chairman was. He remains one of my role models, and I will always be indebted to him. As I said at the beginning of this blog, my background is anything but typical....

4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

50. Into the Great Googly Moogly

As we start 2021 it's a good time to reflect that we humans are messy, always have been, and always will be. It's one of the things that makes our story so interesting, colorful, funny, painful, joyo

49. The Final Absence - Number 8: Humanity

I recently viewed an incredibly informative documentary called The Social Dilemma which was about the need for humane technology. I agree with the film's tech industry producers, that technology is

48. Absence Number 7: Authenticity

Creating curated images of ourselves on social media has become something of a national pastime. In the absence of feeling valued for who we are, many of us are creating altered images of ourselves t

© 2018 Created by Robert Gans with Wix.com     Contact Robert at erasergans@outlook.com