How Do You Spell “Inspiration”?
During February, we held our first Teachers Concert where our teachers performed on the DMH coffee house stage for their students. The results of the event were more than anyone could have imagined! The theme was “INSPIRATION” and each teacher spoke of what inspired them and made music their passion and career. The stories were varied, but most had a common theme of “family”. Someone, whether it be a father, mother or uncles and aunts, were the sources of their inspiration and supporters of their talents. That is THE KEY to getting your child to succeed. Yes, that first action of getting them started taking music lessons is important, but then it is supporting their development over the years. Some of the BEST ways of doing this is to take them to a variety of LIVE music events. Seeing LIVE performances will do more to encourage them to practice and grow as students. THIS is why David’s Music House was created…to offer an environment of consistent “INSPIRATION”. I say it often in my articles, but the LIVE music performances at DMH will help your student more than you can imagine. David’s Music House is the only place in the area where you can bring the whole family to amazing performances of independent recording, touring and local musicians and be sure you will not hear or see anything you wouldn’t want your family to be exposed to. DMH Concerts are also the only “interactive concerts”, where the audience can ask the artists questions, meet and have conversations with them. I ask performers to “Inspire” our students and tell them how they do what they do and what inspires them. Below is an example how artists talk about what they do with our audiences.
The Hillary Reynolds Band
To speak of my personal source of “Inspiration”, in addition to The Beatles who changed music for my generation, I have to talk about my father, “Big Dave”. My Dad was the person who put me on a path of music and lived his life of loving music through me. When my Dad was young, he played guitar. The family stories were of him singing songs around the campfire. His father, my Grandfather, also David, played piano by ear. He also never took lessons but the stories are that in his youth, he played honky-tonk piano style. This is definitely where my love and gift of music all came from along with my ability to play and sing by ear, which means I can listen to songs, find the chords and melody on the piano keys and learn the song. The picture is of me playing my very first professional gig, at a local restaurant. I did not sing, but played the organ for 6 hours on Friday & Saturday nights and my Dad was right there every night. He was my manager and biggest fan. David’s Music House would not exist today if it were not for my Dad. I feel his presence at DMH constantly. I know he has been helping and guiding me all the way through this venture of my lifetime. My Dad was the parent who signed loan notes for other band members. He bought a van for us to haul our equipment around in. He found us jobs and was there with us wherever we played. He drove us and our equipment to Seven Springs ski resort in the early 1970’s and talked the bar manger to allow us to play during their house band’s breaks. We did and ended up playing there for decades afterward. I began taking organ lessons when I was 11 years old and eventually took classical pipe organ lessons for a few years. In the meantime, The Beatles happened and I as many of the Baby Boomer Generation became in grossed in The Beatles and Rock. Then Woodstock happened. (Google it, if you don’t know what it is). I found some other guys my age who had already formed a rock band and joined them. I have played many genres of music throughout the last 45+ years that I have been playing professionally, but most of my performing was playing Motown, Rhythm & Blues and Pop songs. I love ballads with a great melody and lyrics the most. In my beginning years of playing with the first band, I discovered that I could sing. Vocals became what I did best.
It is my passion to develop and insure that anyone who loves music and wants to play or sing it, find his or her path of inspiration. Music has provided lifelong gifts to me and I want to insure that anyone who has that same desire can be helped and mentored along that same path, as far as they wish to go.
What “INSPIRES” you about music? Please add your comments to this article. Let’s see if we can get a conversation going about Inspiration.
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