The problem with being a musical savant is that people are always trying to change you. They always treat you as sub par. You are never really excepted or respected as a musician. As if what they are hearing you play, doesn’t exsist. They tell you that you need to learn to read music and that you need to take lessons. I understood this as a kid because my school band teacher would take me out of core classes like math and english to try to teach me how to read music. My parents tried to give me piano lessons a few different times in my childhood years.
I tried to learn but I just wanted to play. I didn’t want to have to think about what I was doing and why, I just wanted to play…
Don’t Leave Me Now
These are songs written by Roger Hodgson of Supertramp. I played these as a young teen.
These are a few songs written by the other feature songwriter of Supertramp, Rick Davies. I can sing Rick’s songs as his voice is within my range. I don’t sing Roger Hodgson’s songs because his vocal range is just too high for me and I wouldn’t do the song justice. So, I just don’t.
Supertramp song were so much fun to learn and play.
Learning and playing songs the way that I do is a process. It isn’t as if I can just play any song. My creative process is different than you might think. Songs begin to take shape…It starts with a couple of chords that stand out to me. Then I find other chords that match whatever I am covering and I begin to build on that. Sometimes, some chords are hard for me to discern. Sometimes I struggle to hear and find them by ear. When I finally do, it comes together and flows. Sometimes I replace a chord or two with what sounds best to me. Creating and making it my own arrangement of a song. Recognizable but yet not exactly the same…
Could It Be Magic my attempt at recreating Barry Manilow’s mega hit.
This is my go to song when I feel that people are critical or flat out ambivalent to what I’m trying to accomplish. Robert Lamn from Chicago says it so well!
This year was especially personally gratifying to me. I found out that I’m not limited in music to what I hear. I can also compose! I can write songs of my own and, I did!
Something More Than Nothing
My first original. Near and dear to my heart.
My first attempt at composing with another instrument, violin with piano…
Lost In The Game
Shiny New View (awaiting lyrics)
I spent some time reflecting on this past year yesterday. I find in retrospect that it was a terrific year for me personally. Full of self fulfillment. I’m humbled and grateful that I was able to take this year to work on me and explore my savant. I was able to challenge myself to see what I could accomplish. I spent lots of time and energy on developing and revisiting this gift. It was very much a spiritual type of experience in that I found it was very personal to me. I also found that it isn’t something that can be shared and appreciated by others. The appreciation for my music is solely mine. I was not able to generate fans or enthusiasm via social media platforms. I shared my tracks and videos on YouTube and on SoundCloud. While I had a decent amount of views/plays… Not much feedback! I was disappointed to find that I’m really the only one that enjoys this… It’s as if it is a personal gift between me and my maker.
That being said, I still appreciate the gift so much. I can’t explain the feeling I have just getting lost in this. My mind goes somewhere else and music just flows through me. I love the exhilarating feeling I get when I play. I get to take a break from problems, stress and things I don’t want to think about. For that, I’m grateful. I so appreciate the gift, so thank you God!
It’s been a terrific year!