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Artist, Singer/Songwriter, Writer
Photo by Linda Ross
You might say I’m an accidental singer-
The sixth song I wrote was called “Lunenburg” and, through a series of events, it “accidentally” came to the attention of a local music teacher who arranged and transcribed it. The sheet music was sent to then television personality Noel Harrison (son of Rex) who performed it at Lunenburg’s 225th anniversary celebration, surprising me with praise in front of everyone. He told the crowd that this was not just “another town song” but was beautiful and should be used as the town’s anthem for such occasions. I was thrilled, nervous and overwhelmed…creating music was all so new to me then. To this day, decades later, that song is still performed at special events and music festivals held there. Each time it is used, I feel very honoured.
Shortly after that occasion, sheet music in hand, I visited my former piano teacher. I was excited to share with her what I had created. She seemed amazed as she studied the paper then sat before her piano. Together, on the same bench where frustration had been for so many years, we finally shared the “music in me”. The melody that had played in my brain poured out through her fingers. It was an incredible feeling, an unforgettable moment. I suspect I might have been her only pupil to present her with an original composition. I had been her least shining star. For both of us, that day seemed bittersweet, a combination of pride and of, somehow, having missed each other’s boat.
But, from those simple beginnings, a musical journey has ensued that continues to surprise and thrill me to this day and, for all that has followed, I will always be grateful...............