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Learned music theory starting at about 4 years old. Piano lessons beginning before Kindergarten and continued for about ten years until I reached the 8th grade when I began playing trumpet (coronet, actually) in the high school band. I never did like marching in a parade playing a trumpet so I quit the high school band when I was in the tenth grade, right around the time the Beatles came across the pond and played on the Ed Sullivan Show.
I learned to play the ukelele in Hawaii in 1958-59, on the Beach at Waikiki, singing Hawaiian songs and harmonizing with my mother, I was about ten y.o. I remember the first song I ever learned from one of those uke books they sold with the ukelele. The song was "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?". I still play the song every time I go to Guitar Center and see the ukeleles, but I digress. Somewhere in the mid 60's I got my first guitar. Like so many others around my age I got a Sears Harmony electric and Sears Silvertone Spring Reverb Amplifier and started playing Beatle songs and all the Old Time Rock & Roll tunes from the AM Radio Station - KJR Seattle - Channel 95.
And so it all began. Influences filled my repertoire as Rock & Roll morphed into the many genres that exist today.
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Some of those influences were all those cool Brit Bands and then the West Coast Psychedelic Acid Rock came calling and I followed the calling right down to the heart of the Counter Culture where upon I learned "Me and Bobby McGee" from some guy named Kris and his friend, Jerry, who was playing a Banjo. I was living on the third floor of the Straight Theater and it was only a few blocks to that house down around the corner from Haight on Ashbury and around the next corner across from the Panhandle.
I didn't have a clue who those people were except that I knew they were music playing Hippies, and so was I. Paisley shirts and bell bottom jeans and tie dyed T-shirts. A four-finger Lid cost $5. A 4way sugar cube cost a Quarter, maybe two. I fell in love with a girl who sang in the GG Park a song that made me think about the pills that mother gave me that didn't do anything at all.All and all It was a Beautiful Day when that dark haired beautiful hippie chick who could sing her way into my soul threw a handful of orange or yellow sunshine in my direction. The pills that Stanley made did plenty to my head.
Yes, it's been a long strange trip but I did what the door mouse said.
I was heading to Woodstock in 1969 but I got tossed in jail for hitch-hiking and that ended that because "Time Is" and it waits for no one. But in my heart I was there. In fact in the early 70's I got hauled off to jail in Lewis County Washington for "inciting a Rock Festival without a permit". Me and my cohorts did ten days in the county jail. So much for trying to duplicate Woodstock. Would I do it all over again? What do you think?
I have a bunch of music stuff and if anything I have written has caught your interest I am easy to find and contact via email or my cell that has an area code of 415 + the number of notes that make a triad + a number that represents nothing + the square root of thirty six - and then ten and ninety one are the last four digits. Cuz if I really say it the radio won't play it unless I lay it between the lines. Call me and I will tell you what equipment I have.