I never needed finding the blues, nor jazz, classical, rock, etc., as I’ve been blessed being raised in a life where music has surrounded me as far back as I can remember. Genres… differentiate, as feelings do, as moods do. My life really is a series of songs, blossoming from classical and also traditional, Americana pieces my grandmother and mother played on the piano which geared me toward wanting to see endless musicals whether in NYC or local playhouses, truly didn’t matter much to me where, as much as how often:). The music my father shared with me varied from old-time rag adaptations (think “The Entertainer”.. The Sting), Etta James to Everly Brothers to the Beatles.
I find the blues reveal era and reaction.. the human emotion. It touches deep spirit, telling it like it is.. what is real.. which about sums up who I am, as a person. I learned to play piano beginning at age three, written lyrics since age nine and composed shortly afterward and since. I won’t perform (as I prefer not to vomit), but what I do is spill out my soul on paper and across the keyboard.. no holding back. The more I learn about the roots of blues… the stronger I feel connected to it; I only see this, and myself for that matter… forever growing.
I’m more than pleased to be both a part of The Riverside Blues… as a hostess ~ a welcomed family member of the staff (such warm people), and with the guests who make being there each time, an experience of joy as well as one of learning.