(July, 2010) My name is James (although often called Jimmy by friends). I was born in 1960 in a North East Coastal Town called Hartlepool. Moved to London in 1992.
See MP3 Index (below) to listen to and/or download James' songs.
In 1971 my parents were given an old upright piano from an elderly friend. My sisters took no interest but I was fascinated by it and kept hammering away at the ivory's almost daily. My school teacher, at that time, told me that I had an ear for music and a hidden talent. I was always listening to music, be it on the radio or record player at home. Often falling asleep with the radio plugged into my ears at night! The first notes I started to pick out was identified from Beautiful Dreamer, which was constantly being played on the record player at home. I followed it repeatedly and with practice, trial and error, that became my first piece which I picked up by ear.
Over the years I found I was able to listen to most music a few times and pick it up on the piano. I couldn't quite get the left hand too well without 'vamping' too much! My parents then treated me to my first electronic organ. Actually it was a table top Bontempi in bright red with chord push buttons on the left. Bought from the Co-op with stamps, so you can imagine it. Small, plastic and tin box sound but to me was a joy! The rest is history but needless to say I adapted to the organ far better than the piano. I'd never consider myself a pianist, although I have hammered out some old time sing-a-longs at various charity events. But the organ became my foundation and still is today. I never learned to play off music, although I can read it. I don't consider myself a perfect keyboard player but am told otherwise. To me playing by ear holds many advantages, ability just to listen to music and pick it up on the keys. It's also a joy to improvise with various pieces and to create my own renditions.
I am now the proud owner of the Yamaha Tyros 3. Over the years I have owned various electronic organs such as Orla, Yamaha PSR-540 and Yamaha Electone FE-40. I have had the pleasure of playing Hammond and Yamaha with Leslie speakers in club bookings. I had regular venues in North East pubs and clubs in the early years. Nowadays, I play more as a personal hobby. I have recently updated my website, which is dedicated to my music. Please take a look: http://www.jamestyros.com
Note: James upgraded to the Tyros4 as soon as it was available.
You can download all of James' MIDI songs here: JJ-T3-T4.zip.
Recent songs are in the Jukebox above. James' songs are listed below alphabetically by title. Click on any song title to listen to and/or download the song. You'll find more MP3s at James' website.
Bubblegum (Tyros3) 7/13/2010
Daydream Believer (Tyros3) 7/13/2010
Delilah (Tyros3) 7/13/2010
Dream Concerto (Tyros3) 7/13/2010
Drink! Drink! Drink! (Tyros3) 7/13/2010
Elusive Butterfly (Tyros3) 7/13/2010
Night Boat To Cairo (Tyros3) 7/13/2010
Part Time Lover (Tyros3) 7/13/2010
Christmas Medley (Tyros4) 11/28/2011
Good King Wenceslas (Tyros4) 11/28/2011
Happy Christmas War Is Over (Tyros4) 11/28/2011
Stop The Cavalry (Tyros4) 11/28/2011