Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ready for My Closeup

Fortunately, I grew up during a time when the arts wasn't under attack in public schools. As a result, I was exposed to a wide variety of music programs and instruments at an early stage in life. I ended up choosing to play the viola in the fourth grade and continued to play until I was in my freshman year of highschool. I probably would have kept going, but not only was orchestra not cool, we were totally underfunded, and while the band got to go on awesome field trips the highlight of playing in the orchestra was getting to go to the old folks' home. Whoopee!! So I shed the viola and picked up choir and even participated in the school musical, Little Shop Of Horrors.

Yeah, me and the guitar are a sexy pair
All of these experiences led to me truly appreciate music, and not the trash that is on the radio today.So when I moved to Africa I decided to pick up the acoustic guitar, an instrument I have always wanted to play over the years. Over the past eight weeks I have become fairly good, I can play a few songs and I have written a few songs as well. It also happens, that I am lucky to take guitar lessons from a well-known Ghanaian musician, who often entertains other top-notch Ghanaian musicians. One of these people, recently happened to be the conductor of the Pan African Orchestra.

It just so happens he shows up at the beginning of my lesson so he and a few other friends sat quietly as I went through my regular songs and routines. At the end, he says he is working on a vocal part for the orchestra and he would thinks I would fit well and he wants me to join. Who would have thunk it. At first I thought about saying no, but I figured hell why not.

So, my first performance is Novermber 17th at the British Consul. Hopefully, there will be video which I will, of course, share.

Until Next Time. Smooches.

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