[bct] musical background
- From: "Mary Emerson" <maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 14:00:06 -0800
Neal and all,
My next podcast will be a bunch of music I either wrote or played via guitar
or piano or keyboard. Most of the stuff I wrote was played by other people
and some of you have heard some of it before, but I'll include it anyway.
The one song I didn't write is, I hope, not copyright protected; it's
certainly sung enough. If somebody knows if it's copyrighted, you'll have to
let me know so I can modify my podcast and remove it.
Background: I started singing at age 2 or 3; I remember coming home from
pre-school (we're talking mid 1950s) and singing the Star Spangled Banner at
the top of my voice. Unfortunately, my family didn't have a musical bone in
its collective body, so they were completely uneducated; therefore, I only
had a couple years of piano lessons which were very basic since I had to
write the music down which took most of the half hour of the lessons; so I
don't know how to do scales, arpeggios, trills, and other things; my piano
technique is almost non-existent, but I do have perfect pitch which can be a
plus or minus, depending on what music is playing. I took choir all through
high school and a semester of voice in college; picked up guitar at age 18
and taught myself, except I don't do bar chords so I just capo up where I
want to go if something happens to be in F minor or the key of A-Flat or
something like that.
I have a piano which is out of tune and I can't get to it, due to the
clutter around here; I have an old Casio MT40 keyboard which pre-dates
anything anybody has previously mentioned, but I like some of the
instruments on it; two old 1990s Radio Shack keyboards, one good and the
other disappointing but I like the bass sound on it; and the previously
mentioned Yamaha PSR510. I probably won't be getting any more, due to no
current income and being on pre-retirement leave, and everything costing so
much and living on a budget.
I started writing music at age 13 and haven't written anything in over a
decade but I love anything Celtic, and general folk music so will probably
get back into it at some point. My guitar is a Martin and was made in around
1960 from the wonderful Bethlehem, Pennsylvania wood; it's got a cigarette
burn on it but generally it's in fairly good shape. I had two old
twelve-strings which I loved, but sold real cheap to a fellow musician who
was ecstatic to get them.
That's about it; will gather the music into a podcast and publish it in a
week or two.
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