“It’s good to be back home. I’ve just completed a two-week tour of Florida where I had bookings for a variety of event types that kept me on my toes. However, all the trauma was offset by the fact that I enjoyed reconnecting with family and friends who reside in the state. Some twenty folks with whom I am acquainted managed to link up with me. This was truly terrific and a welcome release for me in the midst of preparing for some serious performances.
First off was two “command performances” at the Kirk of Dunedin near Clearwater, FL. I’ve played there several times before but only every other year. The reason for this is the alternation of artists who are asked to be part of the Fall/Spring concert series. If you get a chance, log onto www.kirkchurch.com to take a look at this magnificent pipe organ installation which is expertly maintained by Mr. Terry Charles. I had a ball! Fortunately, all ground rules are off when it comes to song selection. I included everything from Hungarian Rhapsody #2 to “One” from A Chorus Line. Fortunately, the audiences were very accepting and appreciative of my diverse program. I look forward to the 2013 season when I have already been asked to return.
Then it was off to Fort Myers for another Volare seminar which I presented for two days. The attendees were very satisfied with the materials and suggestions I gave them. If you recall, Volare is my way of passing on playing tips and performance secrets that enhance anyone’s playing skills. But be forewarned, this course isn’t for sissies! Let’s face it, certain criteria are consistent with a successful result. For example, scales are a must…no getting around it….gotta do it. Once one begins to believe in this necessity, I find the participants are willing to follow my lead. Some of them actually began the regiment after the first day of instruction despite my specific request they “lie low” and get plenty of rest in preparation for day two of the seminar. Oh well, I guess if they feel compelled to immediately put into practice what has been given to them during Volare, there’s no stopp’in em! Go!
Afterwards, I drove over Alligator Alley to the east coast of the state ending up in the Merritt Island area, very near Cape Canaveral. This was a repeat of the previous scenario. It seems wherever I go throughout the country presenting this “how to” mini music course, the people I work with are all on the same page. They have been taught how to play the notes. But what they are looking for now is to improve their ability to create interesting arrangements, register the organ more dramatically, develop technical skills, etc., etc. These concepts are the universal theme of the Volare program. It’s apparent to me that geographical and demographical factors are non-existent when it comes to learning music. Actually, age isn’t even an issue. All of my Volare family members are on the same page. Frankly, these men and women are looking for ways to sound more like professional musicians. My job is to convince them that although their aspirations may not always be totally realistic, the notion that they will play better utilizing more complex harmonies and melody lines along with corresponding dynamics, is.
If you haven’t noticed, I love what I’m doing these days.”
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