I grew up in a family of musicians. All of us sang and played instruments. Several of us have written and arranged music. My father sang tenor/lead and at home played guitar. Along the way, he introduced me to classical music, opera, Bluegrass, old Country and Western. My mother, who sang alto/tenor, was also a piano player and organist for the churches we attended. Long before I could remember singing (Mother says from the age of eighteen months on), I was up in front singing choruses with the children. My sisters joined me as they grew older. Along the way, I studied violin, flute, soprano recorder, piano, organ, bells, and also sang soprano and alto. Years later, I would pick up some of the smaller percussion instruments such as tambourine, maracas, claves, and casaba. My middle sister sang alto and played clarinet and piano. Among the instruments my youngest sister played were the piano, organ, keyboard. She is also a very talented vocalist.
Although primarily church musicians, we sang as a family, in singing groups and in choirs. My sisters and I were also active in the chorus and band programs at school for many years.
It is a wonderful way to have grown up with so much music around. I can’t think of anything that could have pleased me more.
SO MUCH MUSIC, SO LITTLE TIME
There have been so many songs over the years that have touched my heart. A great deal of them have been sacred music, but there has been a lot of secular music, too. I would like to share some of my favourites with you as well as some exceptional performers I have encountered along the way.
May the favourites you find be both old and new, and may they fill you with countless hours of joy.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
LUDWIG VON BEETHOVEN
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
MORDECHAI BEN DAVID
THE MOSHAV BAND
JOHN PHILLIP SOUSA
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS