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.
- Any music by The Beatles but my favorites are “Help,” “In My Life,” “Let It Be,” and “Yesterday.” If I want to get into a mood or get out of a mood, there’s a song by The Beatles that can get me there.
- “39” by Queen
- “Add Some Music To Your Day” by The Beach Boys
- “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel
- “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel
- “Capriccio Italien, Op. 45″ by Tchaikovsky
- “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- “Generation Clash” by Accept
- “Hot Rod Heart” by John Fogerty
- “Imagine” by John Lennon
- “Layla” by Derek & The Dominos
- “Love Reign O’er Me” by The Who
- “Mad World” by Tears for Fears
- “Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac
- “No More Tears” by Little River Band
- “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
- “Symphony No. 5 in C minor (“Fate”), Op. 67” by Beethoven
- “The Nutcracker, Op. 71” by Tchaikovsky
- “The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E-flat major, Op. 49” by Tchaikovsky (Beware of the cannons at the end; they are loud. I love the disclaimer on the YouTube video: “WARNING: Cannons may make dogs bark, scare your mom, leave your neighbor dumbfounded, make cats panic, wake you up in the middle of the night shouting at the top of your lungs because you think you are being robbed, scare the crap out of you, and/or blow up your ears and brains; among other things…”)
- “Turn Up the Radio” by Autograph
- “When the Music’s Over” by The Doors
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