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#2914730 - 03/13/18 02:58 PM It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad
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Apparently I have started to be the "go to" when other tributes need a sub.

That's okay by me. I love it.

This weekend, the Huey Lewis Tribute is opening for my Journey tribute, and I am subbing on keys. So I am opening for myself smile

Then in April, I am subbing on keys for the excellent Bon Jovi Tribute at a big Casino gig.

I recently turned 55....eeek..... and I am having more fun playing music than I ever have.

I know I may be an outlier, but it seems as I get older, I have become more relaxed, and less "get off my lawn."

To be able to play the music I love, and to be trusted by other top level tributes is truly a blessing. Who knew in 1971 when I began piano lessons in Chicago, that it would become a lifelong passion? Sure, I started the rock and roll gig life later than most people. Yes, I played with garage bands in my teens, but I didn't really start hitting the stages regularly until well into my 30's.

I will also say I am proud of the fact I have taken my Journey tribute from my garage, to the dive bars playing for the $50 door, to House of Blues and festivals now. In our 12th year now, and still as busy as ever. Yeah I know we're weekend warriors and we never forget that.

I am so thankful that a very long time ago, my parents provided for me to learn piano from an excellent teacher.

From diapers to the stage....(and eventually back to diapers some day cool )

My mom still has this Story and Clark purchased from Marshall Fields in Chicago in 1963. She keeps it tuned and taken care of. It's where my music journey began.

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#2914732 - 03/13/18 03:12 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: EscapeRocks]
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David, it's great story, and wonderful tribute to your parents for having the forethought to give you lessons.

As a parent, it's a fine line between "forcing" music and giving "exposure" to music for children. I gently taught my kids music; they're not great players, but they love music and enjoy playing guitar and learning songs on piano when they want to. It was never forced or a chore of them. They have enough general knowledge to take it further should they wish without starting from scratch.

I also enjoyed reading about the success you've had and continue to have in the realm of tribute acts. It's a great story, and inspiring to see someone making good money and enjoying themselves still playing music at a time when many are slowing down. Keep up the good work!

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#2914733 - 03/13/18 03:16 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: zxcvbnm098]
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#2914734 - 03/13/18 03:17 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: EscapeRocks]
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Nice story David. A reminder to me (though I haven't forgotten) to pay tribute to nurturing parents who said 'you'll thank me one day' when I grizzled about rising at 5am before school on dark winter's mornings to run scales smile
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#2914744 - 03/13/18 03:52 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: Jon May]
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Thanks for the great story! Inspiring and motivational!
I have just written my last college tuition check for my son, who will be graduating shortly from a very good school (THANK YOU, Dear GOD!).
I was able to get through these years largely through the help of income from my gigs. I, too, have been amply blessed to have been provided lessons and much gentle encouragement at a very early age, as well as a will to play, some opportunities and some plain luck.
Yes, it's very good to be a player of ANY kind (trumpet & guitar player, here, with a little keys and writing on the side) in multiple bands! Now let's keep it going, ehh??


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#2914745 - 03/13/18 03:59 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: EscapeRocks]
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Thanks for sharing some of your story, David.

Every now and then I think it's really healthy to "step back" and reflect on/enjoy our achievements and the journey (no pun intended) we've been on to get where we are today.

Congratulations on your musical successes!

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#2914779 - 03/13/18 07:19 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: EscapeRocks]
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#2914807 - 03/13/18 11:55 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: EscapeRocks]
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That's awesome David. Keep up the great work and enjoy. I feel the same way towards my parents for noticing my love for music at a young age and making sacrifices to pay for all those organ lessons i had. I've had an immeasurable amount of fun and joy over the years playing keyboards. How lucky are we smile Luv the photos.

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#2914815 - 03/14/18 03:27 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: EscapeRocks]
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Originally Posted By: EscapeRocks
I am so thankful that a very long time ago, my parents provided for me to learn piano from an excellent teacher.


In my case, it was organ lessons. I also had an excellent teacher, although at the time I wasn't excited about the music I was learning. As kids back then we were all listening to rock and roll on the radio (and our 45's), so having to sit and practice the classics every day, or something sleepy like "Born Free" wasn't very exciting. Then there was the terror of the yearly recital... playing onstage in front of everyone's parents.

But I gotta say, after all these many years, I'm extremely grateful.
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#2914819 - 03/14/18 03:59 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: Synthoid]
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Great post David. Keep enjoying your musical talent. ~BOB
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#2914826 - 03/14/18 04:34 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: churchkeybob]
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There's a Huey Lewis tribute band? If they ever need a sub near Louisiana, I know not only the hits, but also most of the deep cuts, including the ballad piano/vocal intro to "Some Of My Lies Are True" from back in the day.
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#2914831 - 03/14/18 05:18 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: Josh Paxton]
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For me I hated lessons, it was more the teacher I had. Then in 5th grade I got a teacher who is the principle Pianist for the Rochester Philharmonic and I stuck with it.
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#2914836 - 03/14/18 05:36 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: Outkaster]
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I never practised as a kid much to my teacher's chagrin. My father, frustrated with my lack of dedication and progress, always wanted to stop paying for lessons and 'wasting money'. My mother would always convince him otherwise.

At least once a year I call her up and thank her for sticking with me. Though not my vocation, playing piano and keyboards is a huge part of my identity, and is one of the most positive forces in my life.

Here's to parents who gave us a good start!
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#2914841 - 03/14/18 06:01 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: Dr88s]
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My brothers were the jocks in H.S. but I was the music nerd in band & choir supported by my parents especially mom... smile.
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#2914863 - 03/14/18 07:20 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: rickzjamm]
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Great story! Mine is very similar. My dad was a very good piano player having double-majored in music in college. He was really into Dave Brubeck in the early '70s and would constantly play pretty much the entire Time Out book on the piano all the time, so that was early background music for me. I always wanted to learn Take Five and Blue Rondo A La Turk, etc. and of course my dad encouraged me to take lessons.

I started lessons in about 2nd grade and stuck with them all the way through high school and even into college (I have a music minor). I wanted to quit in HS until I found keyboards and high school musicals and rock bands...which got me hooked even more.

I was a fairly proficient classical player into college years and I can still pull out a lot of the old music books and play through Chopin preludes, Clair de Lune, etc. but my real chops are rusty after 35 years of playing rock music smile

Whenever I encounter kids (or their parents) wondering if they should continue to push the piano lessons, I share my life story of how I focused on learning the piano at a young age and now I'm nearing my mid-century mark and still getting great joy from performing live music.

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#2914919 - 03/14/18 10:16 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: eric]
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My parents, both musicians, made a deal with me and my sister: if you agree to practice 30 minutes every day for two years, you can quit lessons after that, but not before, because it's difficult at first, and you don't see the rewards for a while. This was when I was eight and she was six. I don't recall them ever having to push us to practice, though of course it was one more thing we had to do on top of our homework. We both continued taking lessons and practicing daily long after the two years had expired.

It's given me so much! Even just the ability to appreciate music "from the inside out" would be worth all the time and work, but on top of that, meeting people you wouldn't otherwise meet, and making music together, is a joyous, wonderful thing.

Another thing I've noticed is that I find myself in bands where the musicianship of all the other players is WAY beyond my own level, especially the guitarists -- not just technical shredders, but real musical people who know all kinds of theory and can play circles around me, and whose playing actually moves me. I always feel like I'm lucky to be there simply because I play the rarer instrument and can hold my own. You just don't find many competent keyboardists who are interested in pop and rock music in any place I've lived, whereas great guitar players seem to be a dime a dozen.

So thanks, Mom & Dad, for the PIANO lessons in particular!
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#2914920 - 03/14/18 10:18 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: eric]
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Eric that's cool. It's a hard sell sometimes as kids have to compete with technology. Playing instruments seems like a thing not really in forefront for kids anymore.
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#2914926 - 03/14/18 10:43 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: Outkaster]
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I have my mom to thank for my interest in music. She grew up in the 30ís and 40ís singing around the piano- there just wasnít much other entertainment! Her and her sister sang and had a blast together, and she brought that to our home. She was good enough on the piano for us to do our sing alongs, and I can easily say it was the best part of growing up in my family.

By the age of 7 i asked for piano lessons, and for the next 5 years practiced without being prompted, took to it naturally. Part of it though was my teacher, Mrs. Mainville, she wasnít overly strict about the technical details like some teachers are, so my progress was more rapid than it would have been, i still wonder how i would have fared with a different teacher. However, as a 10, 11, 12 year old there was nothing in my life that even came close to the passionate expression that i could channel thru the piano, i felt very special and empowered.

While iíve continued playing over the years, i didnít really take over the torch from my mom, and is one of the biggest regrets i have with her passing 10 years ago, that while she was alive I didnít see my role as carrying on her inspiration and being a force for getting the family together thru musical fun. However, with this realization, i have looked for ways to do this with my family, and encourage everyone to explore and develop their musicality.

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#2914932 - 03/14/18 10:59 AM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: Randelph]
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Positive vibes from this post are high.
Good for you, Dave.
Special shout out to parents that make music a part of their kids lives and cart them around for lessons on top of all the other stuff that they need to do these days. Itís the only way to keep the tradition going and fill the world with listeners that are players too.
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#2914960 - 03/14/18 12:22 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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Special shout out to parents that make music a part of their kids lives and cart them around for lessons on top of all the other stuff that they need to do these days.


thu
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#2914985 - 03/14/18 03:01 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: Synthoid]
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Dad had a model train layout and I used to help him run it and fix things. My first intelligible word was "gawddammit" because Dad had trouble keeping the model train from jumping the track.

Instead of eating a bar of soap, Mom put me on the piano. It's all her fault.

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#2914992 - 03/14/18 03:28 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: The Real MC]
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David,

Great story. Iím always happy when parents recognize and nurture their childrenís talent. Itís also gratifying when we appreciate what was done for us as well.

Carry on.

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#2914999 - 03/14/18 04:33 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: lightbg]
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Another vote for having both mom and dad always supporting my musical aspirations. thu

I didn't take music lessons nor did I have a real piano growing up. But, my parents would buy whatever instrument in which I showed an interest until I could afford them.

In hindsight, I really wish I had gotten them to buy me a real Rhodes. laugh

Keep rocking out on keys David and the rest of my brethren in KBs and music. cool
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#2915005 - 03/14/18 04:59 PM Re: It's good to be the piano player!Thanks mom and dad [Re: lightbg]
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Great post David! twothumbs Threads like this confirm what a great bunch of folks we have here!

My dad was a weekend warrior (tenor sax) in a popular wedding/dance band and started me on piano lessons around the first grade. He was pretty adamant about me sticking with it for the first several years, but allowed me to let it go around 8th-9th grade when all I wanted to do was play baseball. Re-discovered it my Sophomore year, resumed lessons, and started tagging along with him on his band jobs, playing solo piano on the breaks, and eventually sitting in on a song or two. Looking back, I treasure those ďbonding momentsĒ we shared traveling to and from his gigs. Of course, I later formed my own band in high school and after graduating went on to take advanced theory/improv lessons for a couple of years with this monster jazz cat who went on to become the MD at Disneyworld. When dadís playing out slowed down, he (and mom) would come to my gigs.

I took a similar approach with my daughterís piano lessons, she definitely ďhas itĒ but is still in the ďlet it goĒ phase of her musical development. Iím hoping once she realizes her talent she will return to it someday...people usually enjoy doing what theyíre good at. But if not, Iím okay with that.
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