Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#527124 - 02/18/08 05:45 PM A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Peyton Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 2501
Loc: Maine
My dad, (stage name Bruce Peyton), retired from professional singing last Friday after over 60 years of performing.

Dad studied in Juliard and elsewhere (as a small child we spent a year in Italy as dad sang) to be an opera singer. He went on to perform in broadway musicals such as Subways are for Sleeping, The Girl Who Came to Supper and Too Late the Phalarope and went neck and neck with Robert Goulet for the lead in Kismet. Goulet got the part because, as my dad says, "he had more acting experience". He was a regular in Radio City Music Hall, a regular on the Firestone Hour (anyone remember that? I was in the audience quite a bit) and was even on the Ed Sullivan Show a few times. He did countless summer stock and industrial shows. (He toured with the Supremes when they first started out. I still remember dad coming home and showing us their routine for "Stop in the Name Of Love".) But mostly dad has been a professional church singer in NY for the last 40 years. He has sung in numerous churches and temples all around the city. Dad has always been a wonderful pianist and violinist but age and arthritis have slowed his fingers down.

I don't know if there is anyone on this board that may remember or even have worked with my dad but I just wanted to honour him. When you get into your 80's I guess there aren't many left that do remember you especially when you were in your prime. I know it's very difficult for Dad to see the voice he lived by slowly fading away but he has always loved singing and performing and gave it his all whether it was a broadway show or a temple or church choir.

I have two small performances here of my dad in his prime. One is a song by Poulenc (the pianist is Stanley Sontag) and the other is from a church performance of On Eagles Wings.

Here is a picture of him I think from the 60's. I don't remember what musical. \:\)

_________________________
"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead."- Oscar Wilde
www.youtube.com/Biffer5
www.peytonart.com


Top
(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#527125 - 02/18/08 08:18 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
JerryS88 Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/15/06
Posts: 638
Loc: Ringwood, NJ
What a beautiful tribute to your dad. What a gift to be able to sing, and to be able to share it with others as your dad has. Your dad has a beautiful, powerful voice - I hope he continues to share his talent even in retirement. Thank you for the beautiful links - I really enjoyed listening to them.

Top
#527126 - 02/18/08 09:02 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
signa Offline
8000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8482
Loc: Ohio, USA
your dad is a very good singer and has such a beautiful voice! i could hardly believe such a talent could ever retire!

Top
#527127 - 02/18/08 11:32 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
LiszThalberg Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/13/06
Posts: 3288
I love the richness in On Eagles Wings. Your dad certainly sounds like a great singer. Thanks for sharing this with us Peyton.

Top
#527128 - 02/19/08 09:20 AM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Bassio Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/24/03
Posts: 2480
Loc: Alexandria, Egypt
Very nice voice!! Tributes to your father Peyton.

Top
#527129 - 02/19/08 12:00 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
tomasino Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/24/05
Posts: 2039
Loc: Minneapolis, Minnesota
I love singing and singers so much. Your story mists me up a bit.

He had a wonderful way with a song. His singing is beautifully felt, and he was highly musical in a particularly singerly kind of way.

High baritones are my favorite voice. Most other baritones would just have to eat their hearts out listening to his upper middle voice. Such sweet tones. So lyrical.

He's eighty. He deserves to retire. I hope he has many years ahead to look back with satisfaction.

Tomasino
_________________________
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do so with all thy might." Ecclesiastes 9:10


Top
#527130 - 02/19/08 01:16 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
DDS24P&FOP87 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/18/07
Posts: 374
Peyton - What a touching tribute to your father! I love your father's singing in "On Eagle's Wings," one of the most beautiful songs ever. Hearing it now makes me tear up, not just because of the beauty of your father's voice, but also because this was the special song sung at my mother's memorial service.

Wow! What a beautiful gift your father has shared with the world!
_________________________
She was with me even in my grave
When the last of my friends turned away,
And she sang like the first storm heaven gave.
Or as if flowers were having their say.

- Anna Akhmatova, "Music"(Dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich)

Top
#527131 - 02/19/08 02:38 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Auntie Lynn Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 1096
Loc: San Francisco, CA
Welllllllllllllll, I have found that most musicians don't really "retire" - they just wear a different musical hat...

Maybe, he can take a couple of weeks off and then the phone starts ringing...

Top
#527132 - 02/19/08 08:58 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Piano*Dad Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 10297
Loc: Williamsburg, VA
Peyton,

That's a wonderful way to honor your father. I wonder how long before people start asking him to do this and that musically. Perhaps he'll still do things for fun.
_________________________
Grotrian 192 #156455

Top
#527133 - 02/20/08 06:14 AM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Ragnhild Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/22/06
Posts: 1117
Loc: Norway
Thank you so much for sharing this, Peyton.
Your father has got such a beautiful warm baritone and he sings with true emotions. It must be nice to think about all the nice memories and all the hearts he has touched all this years as a singer, (and wow, he was good looking too.... ) even if it's sad when the voice is fading.


This also explains a bit of your great artistic gift, Peyton ;\) thanks again !

Ragnhild
_________________________
Trying to play the piano:
http://www.box.net/public/dbr23ll03e

Top
#527134 - 02/20/08 10:47 AM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Tenuto Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 549
Loc: U.S.A.
Thank you for sharing your Dad with us, Peyton. I loved his performance of the Poulenc, who is one of my favorite composers. His diction was wonderful and he sang with great power and expressiveness.

He is a lucky man to have had such a long career, but especially because he has a son, such as yourself, who appreciates him so much.

Top
#527135 - 02/20/08 11:36 AM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
bukopaudan Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/03/06
Posts: 506
Loc: USA
Wow. Wonderful tribute to your father and tell him thank you for sharing with the music world his wonderful voice for so many years.
_________________________
"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable." -Leonard Bernstein

Top
#527136 - 02/20/08 01:52 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Peyton Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 2501
Loc: Maine
Thank you so much everyone. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your comments. As a kid I never appreciated Dad's voice. It's only now that I can really see what a beautiful voice he has. I too hope he continues to sing a little but unfortunately he has been stricken with a serious lung ailment. If not for that he would have kept going. Singing is his life. \:\)


Here are two more recordings. The first is Ave Maria. He sang this at my wedding. The next is a song by Debussy. Pianist is again Stanley Sontag. The Ave Maria has a recording glitch at some point. I think someone hit the mic.
_________________________
"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead."- Oscar Wilde
www.youtube.com/Biffer5
www.peytonart.com


Top
#527137 - 02/20/08 05:40 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
JerryS88 Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/15/06
Posts: 638
Loc: Ringwood, NJ
Wow, Peyton - more beautiful singing. That Ave Maria must have been a showstopper at your wedding - I know it would have gotten my attention!

Top
#527138 - 02/20/08 07:58 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
dmc092657 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/02/08
Posts: 277
Wonderful tribute to a very gifted man. He looks like he was quite a stud back in the day too !

It saddens me that he has to give up singing. That must be so difficult for him. But at least he has lived long enough to see his son mature & become successful as well as appreciate his accomplishments. The fact that he was able to work so regularly doing what he did is proof of his talent & versatility. I hope you will show him some of the comments posted here. You (and he) have every reason to be proud. Thank you for sharing.

Top
#527139 - 06/21/08 03:58 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
MERLE IZARD Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/20/08
Posts: 2
Loc: Sea Cliff,NEw York
Peyton (Biff), Your dad and I were deeply touched by your posting this lovely letter in in tribute to his retirement. The kind response from so many of the members of Piano World just about brought me to tears. ( It did bring your dad to tears.)
My love and appreciation to you and each of the members of Piano World.
Your mom,
Merle Izard Higgison

Top
#527140 - 06/21/08 05:41 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Mati Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/25/05
Posts: 1276
Loc: Lodz, Poland
Peyton, it's a beautiful tribute to Your Dad, who was undoubtedly a very gifted man and wonderful musician. Thank you so much for sharing his music with us! His voice is so pure and emotional, that Eagles Wings almost brought tears to my eyes.

I hope he still will be able to have a lot of joy in living with music in his heart, and that he still will be able to sing, as I believe it really must be his life - singing.

I am sure he and his voice will be remembered by many!

Thanks for sharing once again Peyton!

Mateusz
_________________________
Mateusz Papiernik
My youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Maticomp
"One man can make a difference" - Wilton Knight
Kawai CN21 (digital), Henryk Yamayuri Kawai NX-40 (grand)

Top
#527141 - 06/21/08 06:48 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
NancyM333 Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/06/06
Posts: 1547
Loc: Roswell, Georgia
Wow, Peyton, that is a gorgeous Ave Maria. I'm sure growing up in a house with such exposure to music has enriched your life in ways none of us can imagine.

Thanks for sharing your father with us. I hope he'll continue to share this voice with the world.

Nancy
_________________________

Estonia 168, Yamaha UX3

Top
#527142 - 06/21/08 06:54 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Piano*Dad Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 10297
Loc: Williamsburg, VA
I was very touched by this thread when you initiated it in February, Peyton.

When a thread is revived I often check to see who revives it and why.

I see that your MOM chimed in! Let that be a lesson to all of us. Who knows who is watching us ..... \:D

.
.
.
.

Welcome Mrs. Higgison. You've got a class act for a son.
_________________________
Grotrian 192 #156455

Top
#527143 - 06/21/08 08:31 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
gabytu Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 1521
Loc: Portland, Or.
Peyton, What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. He has such a rich wonderful baritone voice, and his diction and enunciation were very clear. What a handsome man!!!! I also welcome your mom Mrs. Higgison, to the forum. And I agree with Piano*Dad, "Mrs, Higgison, you've got a class act for a son."

We have always appreciated his valuable insights and contributions to the forum.

Thank you Peyton, for sharing your dad's wonderful singing with us. Gaby Tu

Top
#527144 - 06/21/08 08:43 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
What a wonderful tribute Peyton..

I love his voice. the Ave Maria is incredible... and it was at your wedding!

good wishes to you all.
_________________________
accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, ├Ľun (apple in Estonian)

Top
#527145 - 06/21/08 08:52 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Piano World Offline


Registered: 05/24/01
Posts: 5528
Loc: Parsonsfield, ME (originally N...
Thank you for sharing Peyton, your Dad's voice is incredible!

On a forum where 99% of the talk is about piano (gee, I wonder why?), it's so nice to hear a talented singer.

I can see why you are so proud of your Dad (and why you Mom is proud of you).

Welcome Mrs. H.

Best,

Frank B.
_________________________
- Frank B.
Founder / Host
www.PianoWorld.com
www.PianoSupplies.com
Find Us On:
Facebook.com/PianoWorldDotCom
Twitter.com/PianoWorld
www.youtube.com/PianoWorldDotCom
Skype: PianoWorldDotCom
Estonia L-190, Yamaha P-80, Hammond XK-3, Hammond A-100, Estey 1895 Pump Organ
-------------------------
It's Fun To Play the Piano ... PLEASE Pass It On!
And please invite everyone you know to join our piano forums!

Top
#527146 - 06/21/08 09:14 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Marty in Minnesota Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 1178
Loc: Minnesota
Peyton,

The love you share with us, the love for your father, only increases our own celebration of music when hearing your father sing.

The beauty that your father brought forth is why we all love music. A joy, a life-long joy, and even in retirement, he will always have his love for music. That is inspriation to us.

Please tell him that he now has many new admirers.

With all thanks and respect for your lovely tribute,
_________________________
Marty in Minnesota

Top
#527147 - 06/21/08 09:27 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Peyton Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 2501
Loc: Maine
Wow.... I came on the forum and did my usual perusing and low and behold... there is the thread I started back in February on the first page with all sorts of new posts. I look through it and... there's MOM! \:D


\:\)
_________________________
"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead."- Oscar Wilde
www.youtube.com/Biffer5
www.peytonart.com


Top
#527148 - 06/22/08 12:09 AM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
LisztAddict Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 2895
Loc: Florida
Schubert's Ave Maria is one of my most favorite songs, and your Dad's performance is certainly one of the best I've listened to. Thank you for sharing.

How lucky you are to have such an incredibly talented Dad. \:\)

Top
#527149 - 06/22/08 12:22 AM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
hotkeys Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 788
Loc: Massapequa, NY
A wonderful tribute to your dad, Peyton,

Another reason to cherish his accomplishments now while he is alive. Once our fathers leave this good earth, there are only memories to fall back upon. May his influence inspired you.

- Mark
_________________________
...The ultimate joy in music is the joy of playing the piano...

Top
#527150 - 01/07/09 05:45 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Peyton Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 2501
Loc: Maine
Dad just died today. I just want to thank you all again for your kind words. He did come on line and read them all and it really meant a lot to him.
_________________________
"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead."- Oscar Wilde
www.youtube.com/Biffer5
www.peytonart.com


Top
#527151 - 01/07/09 05:53 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
BruceD Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 17666
Loc: Victoria, BC
 Quote:
Originally posted by Peyton:
Dad just died today. I just want to thank you all again for your kind words. He did come on line and read them all and it really meant a lot to him. [/b]
Peyton :

The most uplifting light in this moment of sadness is that your father did[/b] get to read the kind words that you and others said about him. Too often, words that are meant to be expressed are somehow overlooked in the rush of life.

I offer my condolences along with my wish that you will enjoy many wonderful, happy memories that your father brought into your life.

Kind regards,
_________________________
BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190 in satin ebony

Top
#527152 - 01/07/09 05:54 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
pianovirus Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/24/07
Posts: 940
Loc: Basel, Switzerland
My sincere condolences, Peyton. I remembered the wonderful tribute you gave to your dad in this thread. All my best wishes for you and your family.
_________________________
youtube.com/user/pianovirus

Top
#527153 - 01/07/09 05:56 PM Re: A musician retires... (a tribute to dad)
Horowitzian Offline
8000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/18/08
Posts: 8453
Sincerest condolences, though I hadn't seen this topic before. \:\(

Sounds like your dad was a class act, as are you.
_________________________
Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear weapons.

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >

Moderator:  Brendan, Kreisler 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Download & Print Sheet Music Instantly
sheet music search
sheet music search

sheet music search
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
113 registered (Adam Coleman, accordeur, 31 invisible), 1455 Guests and 28 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
74223 Members
42 Forums
153537 Topics
2250030 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
What is the strangest thing you have found inside a piano?
by That Tooner
Yesterday at 11:18 PM
Kawai vs Ritmuller
by cromax
Yesterday at 11:08 PM
Considering going into debt for a Steinway grand
by joonsang
Yesterday at 10:38 PM
Best Glue for Damper Pads
by JMichaelWilson
Yesterday at 10:07 PM
Went to the store and tried out lots of DPs
by lang15
Yesterday at 09:18 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission