February 23, 1970…
On a cool, sunny afternoon in Littleton, Colorado, a 9-year-old boy walks home on his way back from his first piano lesson. As he walks along, he recalls the melody of one of his piano assignments playing in his head.
As the boy’s mental musical playback progresses, an image of a piano keyboard unexpectedly comes to mind. Suddenly, almost subconsciously, not only can the boy recall exactly how the music should sound, but he can also see the piece being played.
In this joining of sound and sight, where the notes the boy hears in his head correspond to the piano keys that he imagines, the youngster realizes that he’s just memorized the piece.
This moment of musical epiphany becomes the catalyst for a long and varied relationship between the boy and his music – a relationship which still continues today.
That little boy was me.
I’m Dave Dandurand, and these are some of my musical highlights, with a featured live performance, and some of my more recent virtual efforts.