My cousin Kathy was my first piano teacher. She was 3 or 4 years older and I was in awe of the music she played. I remember getting off the school bus in rural Baker City with her and going into either her house or mine for my lesson once a week. That was the beginning of first grade and my journey with music has continued ever since.
Mom was my other teacher. While driving from town in our late 1940ís Dodge sedan to our house in the country, we used to sing with abandon to Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, and sometimes even Johnny Cash (whose music she maintained she didnít like but still frequently listened to).
Sometime around 2000, it dawned on me that I might be able to write a song and, to my surprise, I did. And then I wrote another, and then I was hooked. It wasnít until 2010, when I took my first Artichoke Music Songwriting as Truth-Telling class with Matt Meighan that I realized there was a whole community of folks in Portland who loved to share their songwriting experiences and love of the process.
Artichoke Music creates such a supportive, creative and open community where people of all ages and stages of life can make music on so many levels. Itís an honor to be a part of it. Retired now from a 30+ year career in Procurement and Site Operations management, there is now ample time to dive deeper into the joy that music gives.
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