Music hit me at a very young age, even before we had FM radio in Australia. At primary school, I got my hands on my first musical instrument, a flute. Later on in life I picked up the flute again, I still love the sound of its velvety quality.
Over the years, I’ve studied and owned many instruments. The trumpet, violin, the organ, and I studied classical guitar for four years, from the age of 15 to 18. It was then that I transitioned to the piano, I’m so glad I did.
It’s been said that the piano contains all the other instruments, because of its wide octave range and its ability to change and resemble other instruments. It’s the instrument most classical composers used to create their orchestral and other works.
Musically, you can do so much with a piano. The scope of a piano gives composers the opportunity to write for so many other instruments.
While studying the piano for seven years I also learned orchestration, due to my love of classical and post-classical music. Between the ages of 22 and 35, I wrote four symphonies, dozens of piano and string works, choral pieces and so much more. I once had a piece performed by a school orchestra and choir. It was called Home. You can find that song on my album, I am as you know me.
Here is a piece for strings and piano I wrote during the Falklands war. Simply titled, War Music. That war had a strong effect on me and many people back in the early 1980s.
Today, as an old guy, I’ve found it’s jazz that moves me the most. While it’s hard to break out of my classical training, jazz has changed me as a musician and composer. One of the great beauties about jazz is, it doesn’t have an expiration date. You can’t really compose classical music like Mozart or Bach did today, and why would you.
I think jazz has more forms than any other style of music, because it’s so flexible and most of the time, a happy and joyous sound. It’s hard not to like jazz.
I have so much music in me, and if you listen to just some of what I write, that will me make me a very happy man.