The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Music on Mondays—Some of my favorite music from 61 years of life

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

My mother was a pianist and organist, her mom played flute, and her dad played violin. I grew up playing piano and violin, starting at age 2 with piano and age 6 with violin.

I also sang, first in church choirs and school choruses, and then in college and community ensembles, choirs, and choruses. My two most memorable singing stops were with the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego (1993-1994 and 1996-2001) and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (1994-1995).

My music career, though, was focused more on violin than anything else. I made stops with the South Texas Regional Orchestra, the Texas Youth Symphony, the Texas A&I University Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Houston Symphony, and the Brazos Valley Symphony. I gave up violin in 1993 when I moved to San Diego and became a beach bum. Violins, sand, and salt air just don’t mix well.

Although I no longer play the piano or violin, or sing, I listen to an average of 12 hours of music each day from my digital collection of over 3,300 hours.

Following is a short list of my favorite music, in alphabetical order. Links are to YouTube videos.

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