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#2271298 - 05/05/14 07:14 AM What music were you influenced by during your young days?
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Some of us have been playing the piano and done other music for many years. Lately I have been thinking about what influenced my musical preferences and taste. Why did I learn to play the piano, and why do I prefer playing and listening to certain kind of music?

Thinking back I realise that the music I listened to and played during childhood has strongly influenced me.

Here is my story, and I'm also interested to hear yours.

My parents were teachers in a small community pretty far from the nearest town. During their education they learnt to play the pump organ, and when I was nine they bought one for our home and sent me to the local church organist for lessons. I don't think they were very ambitious, and I was the first pupil the organist ever had. They gave me an introductory album and although I never was a fast score reader I learnt the principles of musical notation and basic fingering of scales and simple pieces. Playing fast and with virtuosity was never an issue, but I liked exploring the pieces in the album and after a year I could play simple pieces like this song by Danish composer Oluf Ring: https://app.box.com/s/bk5f9yt3zb9wzzrhj80s

Along with playing the pieces from the book I also liked to experiment with harmonies and spent lots of time just improvising. These improvisations, of course, mostly reflected music I already played, but relatively quickly I learnt playing songs by ear. In addition to the basic piano album I also got the organist's score for the hymns of the church, and I very quickly got fond of many of the old Norwegian hymns. Since these ones are hardly known outside Norway I present two of my childhood favorites.

Evening hymn, melody by Ludvig Lindemann:
https://app.box.com/s/605k6rrpo0zd9p3y36hp

Norwegian hymn melody (also used by Edvard Grieg in his last composition "Salmer, Op.74):
https://app.box.com/s/7h1wpt9ng62dxls3kmsv

Just for the record, I play these hymns by ear, but harmonies are very close to the original organist's scores.

Certainly I also listened to other music. When I grew up television was unknown in Norway, but the radio was almost always on, and occasionally some melody caught my ear. Here is one song I heard just a couple of times, but which I liked very much. I have no idea where it comes from.

https://app.box.com/s/72mb6mfjfeg9tcxxa3l0

I didn't understand any text, so it was probably English or American. Maybe someone can help me identifying it. I play it from memory, so perhaps I make some mistakes.

Since we lived pretty far away from the town I was never taken to any classical concerts. My father once attended a course for orchestra conductors, and I remember I was really carried away by the orchestra. I still remember some of the pieces they studied during the course. Except from attending the course my father never conducted an orchestra, but he was the conductor of the local brass band that mainly consisted of local farmers and fishermen. Anyhow I thought they played very well.

My first real encounter with classical piano music was some years later when I went to high school. One of my teachers went through music history and I learnt how to discriminate between baroque, Vienna classic, romantic and impressionistic music. At the same time my parents traded the pump organ for a piano. Being pretty busy with school I decided to study piano music on my own. To begin with I was most interested in playing popular music (from the sixties) by ear, but I soon became interested in Grieg, Chopin, Beethoven and others. Just a pity that I didn't get instructions by a teacher at that time.

Anyhow, these were my musical roots. Now, fifty years later I still prefer listening and playing music in the same style as a youngster (although I now also listen to classical music from the 20th century). And whenever I compose some music I find that I prefer to use chord progressions and harmonic turns similar to those I played when I still used the pump organ. So, this is my excuse for being a bit conservative when comes to music....

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#2271329 - 05/05/14 08:31 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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Thank you for that lovely post and the music Ganddalf! smile

Music was and is always valued in my family. People go around the house singing. This is normal. My mother has always sung with ensembles. Both my parents sang lullabies to tuck us in at night, and sang songs together while my dad played guitar. They gave me records (yes, vinyl) of The Point by Nilsson, the soundtrack to the musical "Annie," and my favorite which had Peter and the Wolf on one side and the Nutcracker Suite on the other. I also remember dancing around the living room to my mother playing Beethoven on the piano, specifically the second movement of the Pathetique sonata and the Six Ecossaises in E flat, both of which are favorites of mine to play now. The advantage of piano over the record player was that I could dance around and she wouldn't skip wink

As soon as I was tall enough to reach the piano I started trying to play it. My mother taught me the rudiments of music reading using the "Annie" score. When I was in second grade they sent me to a local Suzuki piano teacher. The Suzuki training plus an independent urge to read all the music I could get my hands on, all by myself, was the perfect start to my music education and I never stopped.
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#2271340 - 05/05/14 08:42 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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I grew up in a home without music - literally. The only pop music I heard was when relatives and friends brought their records, or when I went to visit them. The ancient gramophone at home was really an item of furniture, and there was no radio...

But then two programs (or series of programs) appeared on the TV (then, B&W) - Victor Borge's comedy-recitals, making fun of music which sounded intriguing, but which I'd never heard; and amazingly - because this was in a 'developing' country far, far away from 'Western civilisation' wink -, a complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle produced by Austrian TV, played by Paul Badura-Skoda and Jörg Demus, who shared the honors between them. Their playing styles and body language intrigued me almost as much as the music - Badura-Skoda stiffly, er, stiff in the Germanic tradition (though he's Austrian), Demus showing the whole gamut of expressions on his face while he played. The presentation by ORF was minimalist, with just titles and no spoken introduction, which was just as well, as I knew next to no English then, let alone German.....

And around the same time, I also saw the movie 'The Great Waltz' which was about the life and music of another Austrian, J.Strauss II. The choral version of The Blue Danube that was performed in the film entranced me - this was the first time I'd heard a group of people singing in four-part harmony. Not to mention all the orchestral music, and the different sounds each instrument made individually and collectively.

So, ABBA, the Bee Gees, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel, Beethoven piano music and Viennese waltzes was all I heard, until I started piano lessons at 10 - thanks to my uncle, whose four children all learnt piano from when they were 6 years old. That prompted my parents to keep up with the Joneses, and they bought a little Yamaha vertical for their children.

And my uncle then proceeded to encourage my developing interest in classical music by playing me music from his record collection, from Bizet's L'Arlésienne Suites to Mendelssohn's piano concertos to Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, when I went to stay with his family during school holidays. Those were the musical highlights of my childhood......until I progressed enough on the piano for my teacher to give me Denes Agay's 'Easy Classics to Moderns'. I was now playing real music by real composers for the first time. (The bright red color of the cover also helped grin).

But it was only when I was sent abroad in my early teens to further my schooling that I became exposed to lots of classical music and could sing, as well as play (chamber music) with others. That started me on the long road to discovery, which I'm still on now, decades later.
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#2271613 - 05/05/14 08:41 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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When I was a kid, I got into a choir. All the other boys could read music except me, so I asked for lessons and was given a piano teacher. Thus started some years of classical lessons, and continuing with the choir, and doing theater and musicals. The kind of music I liked the most at that time was basically the Impressionists, Broadway, and the jazz that I would hear on the classical station on Saturday nights.

Then when I was a teenager I got into 80s pop and progressive rock from the 70s.

Those tastes have pretty much stuck with me throughout my life.


Edited by Michael Martinez (05/05/14 08:42 PM)
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#2271630 - 05/05/14 09:43 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: bennevis]
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Originally Posted By: bennevis
which was just as well, as I knew next to no English then, let alone German.....


But it was only when I was sent abroad in my early teens to further my schooling that I became exposed to lots of classical music


Your story has enlightened me but broken the spell, I always assumed you took the name bennevis after Ben Nevis the tallest mountain in Britain. I pictured you as a highland gentleman living in the Fort William area of Scotland. There goes that theory.
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#2271651 - 05/05/14 10:54 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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This post is wonderful!
I have been listening to music from as far back as I can remember. I grew up in a household full of such diverse taste in music and I was so fortunate to have been exposed to all of it. As a young child I remember dancing with my sister to the beats of Cuban Rumba and Guaguanco. I always watched my Grandfather take turns dancing with my Grandmother and then my Mother to Cuban Danzon (kind of their version of a formal waltz/minuet). Then, there was Frank SInatra, Billie Holiday, Sara Vaughn, Tony Bennet, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Prokofieff, Mozart, Johann Strauss and my favorite back then, The St. Thomas Boys Choir Christmas album "Noel." It made me love Christmas. I remember memorizing all of the traditional British Carols. I sing and play them to this day. How I wish I could find a clean recording of this album. It is out of print. I was four years old when my Mom brought it home that Christmas Holiday. Now, I'm soon to be 57. Thank goodness for memory.
My Mother played the piano. She had a beautiful professional upright. I got my love of music and talent as a pianist from her. The day that she came home with both Beatles albums and sat us down to give them to us saying "I don't know if you girls will like them, but everyone else does", I knew at that moment I wanted to be a musician after my first listen.
I did not have a piano growing up. But, I could play by ear. I had a little toy piano and I remember coming home from having seen "The Sound of Music" and playing "Do-Re-Mi" from beginning to end. That soundtrack had a profound affect on my musicianship and musicality. At the age of ten I got the electric guitar I wanted for Christmas. My twin sister, Lili (also a musician - singer/songwriter) got the "Emenee Electric Piano Organ". She loved the Vox sound of the 60's bands. The irony of it all - we both went on to become musicians, but I play the piano and she plays the guitar.
My formal musical studies began at the age of 15. I had a great music program at my Catholic High School. I had a phenomenal teacher, Ms. Clark, who taught my everything she knew. I fell in love with the Classical period, The Romantic Period and the Impressionists. To make this very long story shorter, I went on to earn my B.A. in Music. I have performed professionally with my sister for many years. I hold classical music close to my heart, practice just about everyday and have discovered my second love of Jazz.
Remembering these specifics reminds me of what matters most. That, this passion for the piano, for music, is a life force that keeps me sane and centered, when things aren't so right, when life isn't so fair. And, that it was handed down to me by those loved me and shared the same passion.

Thank you,
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#2271669 - 05/05/14 11:56 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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What a great topic, enjoying the stories so far and look forward to many more.

I grew up in Scotland and shared a bedroom with my brother who was five years older than I. My musical taste was shaped primarily by the records he bought around the early 70’s and played on his little mono record player which was all day and into the wee hours of the night. He loved the Beatles but moved into more progressive rock. Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath to name but a few and I became a Yes fan before any of the other kids had even heard of them at school. I thought I was pretty cool at the time but I had some dark secrets. For his tastes were wide and not always so trendy but no matter what he bought I ended up loving as well and have quite a few of them in my own CD collection some of which were pretty hard to find.

Things changed though with the movie release of Clockwork Orange, I couldn’t see the movie as I was too young but read the book while listening to the soundtrack. A large amount of the soundtrack is classical music played on synthesiser and this was revolutionary. Soon more records of the same type arrived in the house, “Switched On Bach” and "The Well Tempered Synthesiser” followed by “Sonic Seasons”, a double album of synthesized seasonal weather sounds with storms, tree rustling and rain. That one was a bit hard for me to love, as was the day he brought home a best of Chopin record. I had started listening to more traditional classical music, Beethoven, Holst, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and loved all the popular symphonies but could not take to classical acoustic piano, how things have changed.

The first record I bought was a second hand copy of Genesis’s “Nursery Cryme” and became a huge fan overnight, their music dominating a large part of my life. There are other bands I like but as the years have went on they all seem to fall into the same category of progressive and symphonic rock. All of the bands I like have strong keyboard players and to my ears at least have classical roots. Little wonder when I took up playing piano I am so drawn to classical music as my inspiration. After all of these years I can now listen to Chopin and am just blown away by the music. I hope one day to be able to play some of the works but as they say “the rest is history” (yet to be written).
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#2271745 - 05/06/14 06:06 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: earlofmar]
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Originally Posted By: earlofmar
Originally Posted By: bennevis
which was just as well, as I knew next to no English then, let alone German.....


But it was only when I was sent abroad in my early teens to further my schooling that I became exposed to lots of classical music


Your story has enlightened me but broken the spell, I always assumed you took the name bennevis after Ben Nevis the tallest mountain in Britain. I pictured you as a highland gentleman living in the Fort William area of Scotland. There goes that theory.

Actually, you are quite right about how I 'acquired' my user name grin - Ben Nevis is my favourite mountain (I'm also a mountaineer), and I have walked/run/climbed it from every conceivable direction and in all seasons, in everything from running shoes to crampons & ice tools in winter.

Unfortunately, my attempt to become a Scottish highland gent has (so far) eluded me, though I've been known to wear a tartan kilt and play bagpipes at the base of said mountain.

I'll be making my annual pilgrimage up north this summer, and will be making my re-acquaintance with my namesake once again....

The school I was sent to, where I flourished in the music scene, was in the UK, but not Scotland (too expensive for my parents....). It was actually the same school where one of the UK's best known concert pianists, Barry Douglas, attended. Picture, if you will, a young school kid who'd just passed Grade 6 ABRSM, watching a teenager not much older, playing the Liszt B minor Sonata with coruscating virtuosity on the Yamaha grand in the school chapel, and who would go on to win the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow a few years later......how could that kind of experience not inspire one to practise harder, to (try to) achieve that kind of musical and technical heights? grin

Students in the school who did music were encouraged to give lunchtime recitals in the chapel. I was never brave enough (OK, I was never good enough cry). I well remember a girl in my music class who played Mendelssohn's Cello Sonata No.2, with great intensity, partnered by our teacher on the piano - it's still one of my favourite chamber works.
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#2271838 - 05/06/14 11:40 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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I grew up in a very musical household. My father and mother both sang in the church choir, and my dad played euphonium for many years. He quit after a while, though, and took private voice lessons. My older sister took piano lessons and I begged my parents to let me take lessons too. When I was about 5 they agreed and made me promise to take lessons for 10 years, which I did. I would sing with my family a lot, but most often with my sister. We would sing old slave songs from the south while we did dishes (dunno how we learned those, none of our family was raised in the south, but I think we felt like we were slaves having to clean up the kitchen after dinner LOL). That certainly made the chore more enjoyable though.

My father got into audio equipment and set up his stereo in the finished basement, and we would go down and listen to things like Shostakovich's 5th symphony, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, things like that. None of us are Russian, either, so go figure on that LOL! We also would listen to Beethoven piano sonatas, but no opera. Mostly orchestral stuff.

I was a teen during the late 80s, and I listened to some pop music, but got more into classic rock (Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, the usual fare). But also was very into Journey, Rush, Genesis (old and new), Kansas, Marillion, Heart, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, things like that. The singing had to be good, and keyboards too.

In high school I was in the Jazz and Madrigal choir, and the jazz choir got to tour Europe with the jazz band. I wanted to be in the band doing jazz piano, but since my lessons were strictly classical up to that point, I had no clue where to begin so that never really happened. Now I don't really miss it since I can play with other musicians. By the age of 15 I quit piano lessons but continued to teach myself. My focus, however, was more on singing.

To this day, I feel I'm a much better singer than I am a pianist, but I love both and I've tried giving up on both of them over the years with no success. I'm still at it. smile
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#2272058 - 05/06/14 09:03 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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southern rock, elton john, beatles,beach boys,country music, fiddle music...just about everything
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#2272071 - 05/06/14 09:33 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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What a thoughtful question!

I wish I knew what idiotic idea possessed me when I took up piano. I'm pretty sure that I asked my parents if I could study it.

As a ragtime player, it very well might have been the ragtime revival of the '70s. "The Sting" had come out a year or so before I picked up piano and "The Entertainer" got plenty of airplay on the radio in those days--it was a different time.

I took up piano in 3rd grade and it might have been the thing that made me ask. But I didn't actually play any ragtime pieces (in my case, simplified) until teenage years. My teacher, OTOH, was definitely influenced by the ragtime revival. He'd taken some lessons and hated them, but then the ragtime revival happened, he fell in love with the music, and started attacking full rags. I think "Maple Leaf" was his first.

Your countryman Grieg made music that I enjoyed, "Wedding Day at Tr(o)ldhaugen" (I'm not even venturing into the diacritical territory that wouter entered lest Monica be disappoint) was a piece I played and enjoyed in high school and my brother fell in love with it. A few years ago, he gave me a two-month warning--I ended up playing on a chintzy keyboard with unweighted keys--but it somehow came out okay anyway.
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#2272202 - 05/07/14 05:39 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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Well I grew up listening to electronic music so I listened to a lot of Jean Michel Jarre and Isao Tomita. That influenced me greatly! I also got interested in classical music at a young age.
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#2272236 - 05/07/14 07:23 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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This is a lovely post. I was brought up in Scotland and my earliest memories of music, in the 1950's, were from radio. I was the youngest in the family and remember treasuring the time alone with my mother before I started school. She used to sing to those 1950's 'favourites'. We seem to have a memory of certain sounds that evoke particular emotions. Although my husband is less than 2 years older than me, he has completely different musical memories and doesn't relate at all to the sounds that move me. Thank you for posting this.


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#2272238 - 05/07/14 07:27 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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I heard and listened to everything as a child.
Was very influenced by the preaching in music. Everything that caused me to think.
All the songs about Vietnam, and Civil Rights. The Stones, the Doors, and others.
Other stuff about thinking like Moon River, Send in the Clowns.
Nat King Cole was huge. Sounded good even on AM Radio. Barbara Streisand had a special purity that she hasn't been able to hold on to.
In elementary school, we studied much Classical as well as music from Plays. Remember the teacher telling use about some of the Masters who were never recognized or profited in their lifetime. They did it for the sake of the music, not profit.
I remember when Queen first came out. Bohemian Rhapsody. This was different. This guy had an education in music.
Was intrigued by the music in The Godfather.
I remember the movie: The Sting. Beautifully done music.
Love Story had special music.
I remember Star Wars. How the music was appropriately and slightly corny. Just how John did that I was intrigued by. Close Encounters of the Third kind. I thought that was absolutely brilliant. The Indiana Jones series and John made the music very appropriately corny. How did he do that?
In my 20's I stumbled upon Classical that I really really loved. It was because I had become an audiophile. Translate that as wasting tons of money on stereo equipment. When we finalized my purchase. The owner of the store handed me a very special recording called an Original Mastered Album. He told me that when I thought my stereo wasn't working right, to play this album. It was Beethoven's 9th Symphony done by Seiji Ozawa. Always been a fan of Seiji ever since.
In my 20's something happened. I then couldn't listen to Rock music for 25 years without becoming depressed. Too many bad memories. Especially one song from 1970. Got so bad I finally just started to sing it. The more I sang it, the more I changed the words. Until it became what it is to me now. All the changes are real. Am no longer depressed by Rock.

EDIT: Everytime I see an interview with someone who created something really special in music. They always say that the instant any thought of fame or profit enters their mind. They lose all their creativity. The creativity comes from something greater.


Edited by rnaple (05/07/14 07:57 AM)
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#2272264 - 05/07/14 08:26 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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When I was very young, approx 4 years, Mozarts concert for Flute and Harp and his concert for Clarinet.
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#2272292 - 05/07/14 09:52 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Whizbang]
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"As a ragtime player, it very well might have been the ragtime revival of the '70s. "The Sting" had come out a year or so before I picked up piano and "The Entertainer" got plenty of airplay on the radio in those days--it was a different time."

I don`t remember the ragtime revival, we were too full of Prog Rock (ELP, Argent) and the usual Slade, Kate Bush (my knees wobble at that voice) . . but I do remember buying a Wurlitzer Electric piano and hearing just everybody playing "The Entertainer" on them at the time. London was rocking then. . . (that was the worst musical instrument I ever bought)
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#2272298 - 05/07/14 10:03 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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Classical(romantic period music. Movie theme music like E.T. And the sort.
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#2272313 - 05/07/14 10:45 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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This is fun!

Even though I had no musical training in my younger days (I'm a 50-year old 1-year beginner), music has always been very important to me. I always remembered my dad playing guitar--badly. As a teenager, my first album was Meat Loaf's "Bat out of He**." Awesome piano-centric rock! My next album was "Pieces of Eight" by Styx. Then I discovered Bruce Springsteen and "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "Born to Run" Born to Run is got to be one of the greatest albums ever made, IMHO! About the same time, my two brothers formed a band. I really wanted to be part of it, playing piano/keys, of course. What stopped me was that I didn't want to horn in on their gig and I was afraid I would have no musical talent (like my father).

Through college and grad school, I continued to find solace through music, the words and music of Springsteen, Styx, U2, REM, speaking to me, giving me strength. For years, I really wanted to play piano but never got around to it, possibly because life got busy, possibly because I feared I would just frustrate my self trying in vain to learn. (In grade school I had made an attempt at learning guitar with a few demoralizing group lessons--oh, how we are such products of our youth.)

I finally took the plunge about a year ago when I was going through my divorce, and have never looked back!


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#2272366 - 05/07/14 01:01 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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I grew up surrounded by classical music. By the time I was 7 or 8 I knew that there is nothing better than Beethoven after hearing the Violin Concerto for the first time. My dad must have noticed that I was wearing out that cassette of the violin concerto, so he would buy more Beethoven, the symphonies, piano concertos, overtures, and place them among his collection. I couldn't have enough of it. I only found out after having my own children that my father didn't really like Beethoven much, preferring opera and Strauss, but never said a thing when I played all those Beethoven on his hifi every chance I got. That's when I realized he really bought them for me.

However, it was this corny little piece playing on the radio around Christmas of 1978 that inspired me to want to play the piano, but no lessons were forthcoming as my mom looked at pianos with me but after seeing prices never bought one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LRsYn9ufY0


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#2272463 - 05/07/14 04:57 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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There were three albums my mother used to play when I was very small. She'd usually play them after we had gone to bed, but our house was small and the walls thin. I used to lay there in the dark and listen to the music, and I thought it was the most beautiful music I had ever heard. To this day they remain some of my favorite classical/instrumental works. The albums were:

1. Scheherazade, by Rimsky-Korsakov. The violin solo still sends chills down my spine.

2. Russian folk songs. This was a scratchy old album produced in Russia (cyrillic language etc.) with versions of classic Russian folk songs, such as Song of the Volga Boatmen, Kalinka, etc. I've not been able to track down a CD or reprinting of it... though I've tried!

3. The Soul of Spain, by 101 Strings. Arrangements of Spanish classical music. My favorite was "Maleguena," which has some of the most haunting melody lines I can think of.

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. smile
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#2272512 - 05/07/14 07:14 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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I remember being considered odd as a kid because I was interested in classical music rather than pop (still loved electronic music tho)
None of my siblings listened to classical, or my parents, but I soaked it up, with a love of the piano growing.
In fact I got my older sister interested in classical.
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#2274678 - 05/12/14 09:22 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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Interesting to read about the musical background of all of you. Obviously we all grow and develop in different ways, but what we have in common is real love and devotion for music.

But nobody have been able to identify the "mystery tune" I heard as a kid: https://app.box.com/s/72mb6mfjfeg9tcxxa3l0

From a movie or something????? It must be from 1960 or earlier.

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#2274714 - 05/12/14 10:20 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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It's a song called "Tammy" I don't recall who recorded it.
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#2274861 - 05/12/14 02:12 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ragdoll]
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This one?



I remember singing it with my Mom in the car when I was a little girl. I grew up surrounded by music as well, but mostly show tunes like this. She and I sang all of the time. However, my Mom also told me that she played Mozart recordings for me when she was pregnant so that I would develop an interest in classical music. It must of worked! smile
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#2274932 - 05/12/14 04:06 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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Tammy - that takes me back!

Music has always been a part of my life. At first singing and records, later with instruments.

The first recorded music I recall hearing would have been the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. My folks were quite young when I was born and I was about six when I knew all the words to "Satisfaction", much to their embarrassment.

They also liked good old rock'n'roll - Elivs, The Platters, the Inkspots, Buddy Holly and I heard a great deal of that.
Then there was the Dean Martin phase my mom went thorugh..."Send me the pillow that you dream on..... "
My dad loved (loves) bag pipe music and we used to play it REALLY LOUDLY on Sunday mornings, - how very obnoxious of us, - but it was fun! I still love bagpipes and will go out of my way to hear them!

When I was in elementary school we learned a lot of hymns and I always liked them - I think it was at this time that I started getting a feel for how music could be predictable.

I always liked sing-a-long music and like Morodiene my siblings and I would sing while doing the dishes - sometimes things as goofy as Monty Python's "Dennis Moore" and his lupins..sometimes Christmas carols (at any time of the year) or really old tunes such as "You are my Sunshine" "I've got Sixpence" (and no, we weren't British).

We always listened to Bing Cosby's "White Christmas" album as we decorated the tree and I carried that tradition over to Italy with me when I moved here in 1994.

In high school I signed up for music in grade 9 and spent a couple of weeks learning clarinet then was moved to bass clarinet, which I just loved. I played in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior bands, but not in the stage band. I wasn't good enough for that!
We were a concert band and we played really wonderful music.
Tchaikovsky Pathetique, 1812 Overture, Holst: Mars and Jupiter, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Bach's Fugue alla Gigue, and so much more -- to this day I will hear a piece of music on the radio and say "Oh, we played that in band" - it was truly an amazing experience.

At some point I came across Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite and really loved that.

About the same time my cousins , who were just a little older than me, had an influence on my listening habits.
The first album I ever bought was YES- Fragile.
I also bought some Donovan albums about that time, Carol King (Tapestry), I had a country western phase and picked up some George Thoroughgood, I fell in love with Bruce Springsteen with "The River".

After university I became a Girl Guide leader, took up guitar and played a lot of campfire songs with other leaders (most of which I had learned as a kid) -that was huge fun.

I learned of Gilbert and Sullivan and went to see shows at every opportunity!

My husband is a jazz fan and while there is a lot of jazz I don't care for, there is quite a bit that I really enjoy.
Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker.

I also like music that is a little (but not too) odd such as Carl Orf's Carmina Burana (have seen it performed 3 times -once in the open air courtyard of the biggest church in our town.

I don't like very much Stravinsky.
My husband introduced me to Rimsky-Korsakov, Vaughn Williams, Mahler, Mussorgsky and more.

In October 2009 we were listening to a Rachmaninov piano concerto (performed by Lang Lang, I later realized), when I commented "I always wanted to learn to play the piano" - and my husband said "Why don't you? Would you like one for Christmas" (meaning , he quickly clarified, a keyboard, to test the waters so to speak.
I said I liked the idea, but I was a bit over whelmed with the idea of taking the plunge so said I'd think on it a little.
I did , and I did some research, and in the end... well, here I am!

I got my Dp for Christmas 2009 and my acoustic in October 2010.

In the last 4+ years I've been introduced to a lot of composers I'd never heard of before, - and I've heard music from composers whose names I knew but who's music was unfamiliar to me.

I've taken this question as a chance to stroll down memory lane...what fun it is to think back on all the wonderful music I've experienced.

Thanks for posing the question Ganddalf!
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#2274964 - 05/12/14 04:51 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: casinitaly]
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Pop songs of the 40s, due to my father having a collection of them on 78s. (He was doing radio news in Cincinnati when his station decided to throw away their record collection, for a new beginning, and he got it all for free.)

Here's something typical, and I chose a Hoagy Carmichael song for nostalgia, because Hoagy played at my mother's high school prom (which must have been about 1937):

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#2275275 - 05/13/14 06:37 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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Thanks to Ragdoll and SwissMS for helping me identifying the "mystery tune". I made a little research, and found that the song is from a movie, "Tammy and the bachelor" from 1957, and it was nominated for the 1957 Academy Award for "Best original song".
I never played this song on the piano before, but now I occasionally sit down playing simple melodies just for fun and relaxation, and a few weeks ago "Tammy" suddenly came up in my mind as a very good memory from childhood.

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#2275285 - 05/13/14 07:01 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Greg Lee]
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Pop songs of the 40s, due to my father having a collection of them on 78s.


Pretty much my story Greg, except that they were mom's and she was also a nightclub singer/pianist. (so that's where I get that hmmm). Later on I liked Yes, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Allman Bros, Boston, Little Feat but never tried to play any of them because we weren't allowed to sit piano unless mom supervised. This was rare because she practiced mostly her rep in her free time (also a rairity) which was the aforementioned 30s-40s songs. I've never lost my love for that genre.

wrt Hoagland Carmichael's music, Stardust has always been one of my favorites, and I'm coincidently working on that song as we speak... erm type/read. The arrangement I have is quite different than his original but very nice and what harmonies!

Thanks for posting this.
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#2275436 - 05/13/14 11:47 AM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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Hi everyone ! My story - We grew up in a locale in Queensland, Me and my two brothers. Daddy used to play harmonica and bit of trumpet too, Mum used to play an old Joanna upright !

We used to hear early 1950's American music , an also pretty much most of the familiar classical stuff was played on the radio as well.

Time passed, we grew older and started diggin British Blues/Rock/Pop music as well. Well, who wasnt influenced by them in the 60's anyway smile

Pretty much everything i listen today, is the music if my childhood/teenage years. New bands/acts somehow never reallg caught my ear ( however good they be)

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#2275505 - 05/13/14 02:09 PM Re: What music were you influenced by during your young days? [Re: Ganddalf]
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As a young child, my mother's Mozart, Bach, and Chopin.
Then, 1970s Detroit radio -- R&B with a little funk.
At 10, my dad's 60s rock and folk.
Then lyrics-driven alt-rock, alt-country and my roommate's cello, Chet Baker, and Thelonious Monk.
Then my husband's wide-ranging collection, and then low brass, and Duke Ellington.
Current interest in Bach again, Schumann, and klezmer clarinet.

Bottom line: keyboard is favored, good bones required, and there should be a folk song at the heart.

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