Music has comprised an integral part of my life ever since I can remember. My parents loved music. My dad was especially fond of jazz. His sisters, my aunts Grace and Margaret ("Marn"), studied piano. Both Grace and Marn adored classical music, including vocal music of all kinds. My aunt Marn collected a substantial number of records, mostly classical music. I still can recall spending many happy hours sitting with her listening to symphonies, piano solos, and operas. My dad's father had played the mandolin and the violin. I inherited the mandolin, but I never learned to play more than a few chords on it.
I did study piano and organ for a number years from age seven until my late teens. I also learned to play (more-or-less) the guitar, recorder, jaw harp, and melodica. I never achieved proficiency with any of these instruments, but I had a lot of fun. I was a member of a guitar band and a melodica band for a number of years. I also played the organ for my church. I don't play any of these instruments anymore.
Sometimes I imagine what it would be like if life had background music. You'd always be able to tell if you were in danger, or if that special someone really loved you. But then again, it's probably more fun to make your own music.
I still love classical music, opera, jazz, and folk music. I can even tolerate a little bit of rock music, but I'm not fond of it. The following Web sites reflect my interests. You'll find some opera Web sites listed on another one of my Web pages.
Electronic and Midi
Jazz and Blues
Folk and Traditional
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Last modified by pib on July 16, 2003.