I am just learning my way around this remarkable site. It is so rich with insights, observations, stories and inspiration, I am humbled to be among so much talent, knowledge and experience.
My arrival here is the result of a new commitment to the study of this beautiful instrument. I have been a serious student for twenty five years, but not to the level of performing for more than friends and acquaintances. Mostly, my "study" is really a one-on-one love affair with the wonderful sonic stories composed throughout the centuries and around the world. I cherish the time to learn the pieces and gradually to retell these stories to myself and a few others. I enjoy the feel of the melodies on my fingers and the enchanting resonances through my guitar. It is the ultimate meditation and intimate expression.
My parents were a passionate lovers of all music and raised her children to be the same. They encouraged us to try every instrument and made it possible for us to attend classes, find teachers, try to afford instruments and most of all, discover and relish the joy of playing and performing both classical and popular music. My mother had the greatest love of music and made it a part of her everyday life.
I grew up in a family of dancers, painters, actors and musicians. It was always, "showtime" with her. However, when I practiced guitar, she would always find time to sneak in and listen, no matter how busy the household was. That was many, many years ago, before career and child-raising quietly stole the time away from guitar for me. Every visit though, always meant the presentation of a new piece to her and the joy of her appreciation lasted for days.
In January, I held her soft hand, while my brothers and sisters sang softly along with a recording of one her favorite Beatle songs, "Across the Universe." In the waning light of a late January afternoon, she quietly and peacefully passed away.
Over the past few months, I have prepared an repertoire of her favourite pieces, and have been practising dutifully and happily, the time now somehow available to dedicate to this. My objective is to record these, and share them with my wonderful family. I will take all the time necessary, and love every moment of the process. It is a way to continue my relationship with her, and the soul of my late, wonderful father.
I felt obliged to relate this story, and express my appreciation for the scores. I am happy to know that the favoured piece by Granados is available in level 10, and I look forward to the time that it might be released to me, a relative newcomer.
Mostly, I am glad to be here, to be quiet, observe, learn and just this once, share with you another in what I am sure are countless stories of our passions, connections and life journeys from the heart.