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  • I've noticed a few pieces by Clare and Richard and Hop about music. Okay, they were talking about classical music, which I dearly love. I have been fortunate to attend concerts by Itzak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, and others here in Peoria at our Civic Center over the years. Our own Peoria Civic Orchestra is certainly not amateur. And I have also had the privilege of meeting Caesar Romero (the guitarist, not the actor) in the 1980's while he was in concert with his very talented family.

    I was fortunate to be raised by parents who loved music, and a wide variety of music for the times, from classical to country, and just about anything in between. Like most parents at that time, they were fans of Elvis Presley, but weren't too hot on The Beatles. Mom still loves the crooners, Dad is still a big fan of Jazz.

    Which is understandable, since he played the trumpet for many years. I played for a couple of years, switched to the sousaphone for a year, then picked up a guitar which I have played on and off since I was 17 (not the same guitar). I started out with an old beater my paternal grandfather had let collect dust for several years and am currently the owner of several, including my Martin D-15. Not that I'm all that great at it, but when I have been practicing steadily, I'm passable. I've had a few bands over the years, usually playing rhythm and singing. Most of my bands were either country or rock, but you don't get paying gigs in bars playing Jazz or Classical music, unless you happen to live somewhere a bit more upscale than Peoria.

    But Jazz is my first love, so I thought I might contribute a piece to sort of 'round out' the set, as it were. May I present 'Chick' Corea and Hiromi Uehara in a piece from their album "Duets", which was released in 2009 here in the US. The piece was recorded live at the Tokyo Blue Note in 2007, and is entitled "Place to Be". I hope you will enjoy it.


    P.S. I obtain a lot of the music I add to the pieces in Cowbird from Community Audio, an open source website of the National Archives which provides music and other media which has been released from copyright restrictions. If you are looking for something to add without violating copyright, it is an excellent source for music of all varieties, and has the added value of being free.

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