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(Jun, 2003) - I grew up in the state of Maine and joined the Air Force right after high school to avoid the Korean War draft. I have lived in the state of bewilderment ever since. I met Dot, my bride of 43 years when stationed in Oklahoma. We have two daughters, and lived in several of the United States and France and Spain while finishing up 21 years in the Air Force. I was stationed in Oklahoma again when I was ready to retire, and we have lived for the last 25 years in the house that Dot grew up in. Our daughters grew up and married and live in Pennsylvania and Montana. Each has two children, three have already graduated from high school, the third is anxiously awaiting her driver's license. We have a motor home and visit each of them and my mother and sister, who still live in Maine, nearly every year. I have a "music room" set up in the motor home and the PSR2000 goes every where that we go.

Music History: There was always a piano in our house and my grand parents' homes when I was growing up, and my folks both played the accordion a little. They sent me to piano lessons at about age seven, but I hated every minute of it. I went through about three teachers in two years before my parents decided that it was a poor investment. The teachers all wanted me to play classical music, but I preferred the pop songs my folks played.

During high school I had the opportunity to assist a gentleman install a pipe organ in a local church. I was fascinated and followed him along to other repair and installation jobs. I was soon fixing some on my own. I taught myself one hymn so that I could demonstrate that I had repaired the organ. Seven years later, with two little children and too little Air Force pay, I got a part time job repairing electric organs and guitar amps. I learned a popular song to demonstrate that I had repaired those organs - I didn't worry about the guitar amps. I did enjoy the organs, though; and since I did all the warranty work for one music store, I got a good buy on a Hammond organ. I taught myself to play it using all of the easy chord method books that I could find. We had a succession of Hammonds in our home for about 30 years. The last one was getting pretty old and had to be worked on every time I wanted to play it due to corrosion and dust - as a result, I didn't play it very often.

We went to a big electronics home consumer show some years back, and I saw my first "electric piano." It had lots of voices and a few rhythms - I was hooked. We traded the organ in on it, and I played it for a couple of years. Then we got our first motor home, and I dreamed about ways to take the piano with me. They were all night mares! That thing weighed about 300 pounds! I saw a Yamaha PSR 330 in a store and had to have it. I was overwhelmed! It sounded great! And I could take it with me! It was followed by a 530 when the 330 failed just after the warranty expired. On a camping trip, I met a ham radio friend who had a 740. Wow! All that sound and a floppy disk and vocal harmony, too. But then I discovered that the 2000 had recently come out. I decided not to get the 740 to keep up with the Joneses, I bought the 2000 so that I could BE the Joneses! I have never regretted the purchase!

I soon discovered the PSR-Songs group, and learned so much more about playing from folks like Chris, Del and Julio. Not long afterwards the PSR Tutorial site came along and I learned more of the PSR2000's mysteries. Many thanks to all of you very fine people!

Phil

18 August 2004

Hi Joe,
As I was looking through psrtutorial.com the other day I noticed that the last songs I sent in were the first - and they are over a year old! I picked out some that are later than those, and based on the dates, I would guess are all recorded on the Tyros. I keep no record of styles used, but I'm sure most if not all are from Gary's Gig Disks. I like them a lot. I do usually change some OTS voices, panning and reverb. I tend to like more reverb than he does. Of course he may add it with external amps. Anyway, if you would care to post these in spite of your busy schedule, you are more than welcome to.

Phil

Click on this link to download Phil's complete MIDI library: PH-2k.zip, PH-T1.zip.

Alphabetical Song Index
Title T TS L C Style V K
Angel Eyes724/4NY032k
Bali Hai804/4NYSlowBossa032k
Be My Love804/4NY05T1
Blue Star1204/4NY05T1
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy1664/4NYBoogieWoogie05T1
Bye Bye Blues2104/4NYRagtime105T1
California Dreamin'744/4NY04T1
Chim Chim Cher-ee1203/4NYSwingWaltz05T1
Close To You1204/4NY04T1
Come Rain Or Come Shine864/4NY05T1
Count Every Star824/4NYMoonlightBallad032k
Cry804/4NY032k
Cry Me A River764/4NYSwing2032k
Dancing In The Dark1314/4NY05T1
Dansero1004/4NYBolero05T1
Desafinado1104/4NYFastBossa05T1
Do You Know What It Means1204/4NY05T1
Easy Street744/4NYBoogieWoogie032k
Embraceable You784/4NYSwing206T1
Flamingo764/4NYSlowBossa032k
Georgia On My Mind704/4NY04T1
Golden Earrings844/4NY06T1
Green Leaves Of Summer1204/4NY06T1
Greenfields634/4NY6-8SlowRock1032k
Hard Hearted Hannah2364/4NYDixieland106T1
High And The Mighty774/4NY04T1
House Of The Rising Sun784/4NN6-8SlowRock1032k
How Deep Is Your Love1304/4NY06T1
I Apologize1304/4NY06T1
I Only Have Eyes For You724/4NY06T1
I Remember You854/4NYBigBandBallad06T1
I'll Remember April1204/4NYMidnightSwing04T1
I'm Sorry1154/4NY06T1
Impossible Dream893/4NYSwingWaltz07T1
It Was Almost Like A Song1204/4NYLoveSong07T1
It's A Blue World724/4NY022k
It's A Blue World724/4NYEasyListening04T1
It's The Talk Of The Town1234/4NY07T1
Just A Closer Walk With Thee1444/4NY07T1
Just Because2104/4NY022k
Just Walking In The Rain804/4NY07T1
La Vie En Rose1204/4NY022k
Laughing On The Outside724/4NY07T1
Let It Snow904/4NY16BeatBallad2022k
Look Homeward Angel824/4NYBigBandBallad022k
Look Of Love, The1204/4NYSlowBossa07T1
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing904/4NYGypsySwing022k
Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, A624/4NN6-8Orchestral032k
Lullaby Of Birdland2204/4NYDixieland1022k
Lullaby Of The Leaves1084/4NYSlowFox022k
Mack The Knife1204/4NY07T1
Michelle894/4NYPianoBallad07T1
Miracle Of Love684/4NYUnplugged1022k
Misty1294/4NY07T1
Old Cape Cod704/4NYSwingFox022k
Only You724/4NYBolero012k
Paper Doll804/4NY012k
Put Your Head On My Shoulder724/4NY16BeatBallad1012k
Sincerely1204/4NY04T1
Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)824/4NN012k
Somewhere744/4NYSlow&Easy012k
Stranger In Paradise824/4NYMoonlightBallad012k
Tell Me Why744/4NY16Beat012k
That Lucky Old Sun684/4NY04T1
This Is All I Ask1204/4NY04T1
Walkin' My Baby Back Home904/4NY012k
When Sunny Gets Blue724/4NYMoonlightBallad012k
You And The Night And The Music1204/4NY04T1
You Go To My Head824/4NYBigBandBallad012k
You'd Be So Easy To Love844/4NYSwing106T1