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"The Great Gumball Music Machine"

(Jul, 2002) - I'm a native Californian and I worked there until I retired from Pacific Bell in 1986. My wife has tolerated my presence for the past 42 years during which time we managed to raise two children who are now busy raising their own families. Besides music, I've enjoyed a variety of hobbies including motorcycling, flying, sailing, scuba diving, ham radio, and traveling. My wife and I lived in our motor home for eight years before buying a home in Tucson Arizona.

Musical Background - At present, much of my time is devoted to the keyboard and computer. My son gave me my first keyboard. It was a small Yamaha, so small that my fingers wouldn't fit on the keys. That meant I had to have a larger board, (it was a good excuse anyway). After several more upgrades, I ended up with the 9000-PRO and the PSR-2000. The board I kept longest was a Technics KN2000, which I dearly loved.

My love for music comes naturally from my father who was a musician. Although not a professional during most of his life, he was always close to music in his work in the movie industry. Prior to getting hooked on the keyboard, I sang in a number of different barbershop quartets for a period of 23 years. It was exposure to barbershop harmony that accounts for the kind of songs I play, music with a melody.

I'm devoted to the idea that music is a gift from God that doesn't become music until it is passed through the heart and soul of the performer. I play by ear, which I consider a blessing and a curse. It's great for improvisation but makes it hard to play in an organized group. Somehow, I don't have the necessary discipline to filter the music spots through my head to my hands. Wherever I play, I try to encourage others to experience the joy of music.

I feel strongly that it doesn't matter how well you play, as long as you're having fun. To promote this idea, the songs I'm presenting are simple to play and easy to listen to. They are based on the styles I shared for Joe's tutorial.

While traveling around the country, I billed my music as "Music to Go." When considering the population that likes my old fashioned kind of music, I got to thinking. "Music to Go" sounded more like an unpopular dietary supplement so I changed my billing to "The Great Gumball Music Machine" with a slogan "more variety than a gumball machine," I've had a lot of fun with the "Gumball Machine."

MIDI Songs

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Alphabetical Song Index
Title T TS L C Style V K
America The Beautiful804/4NYUSMarch032k
Blue Moon1004/4NYGypsySwing032k
Cohen Medley1254/4NYShowtune012k
Danny Boy704/4NYLoveSong022k
Easter Parade1604/4NYGypsySwing012k
Georgia On My Mind954/4NYMoonlightBallad022k
God Bless America804/4NYUSMarch032k
Golden Earrings1054/4NYBeguine012k
Grandfather's Clock1394/4NYGypsySwing022k
Heart Of My Heart1454/4NYSwingFox022k
I Don't Know Why904/4NYSwing2022k
March Medley1164/4NYUSMarch022k
Merry Go Round1054/4NYGermanMarch1012k
My Way904/4NYMoonlightBallad032k
On The Sunny Side Of The Street1454/4NYBigBandBallad032k
Over The Rainbow904/4NYSwingFox032k
R Hammerstein Medley804/4NYUSMarch032k
Red Roses For A Blue Lady1154/4NYBigBandFast1012k
Roll Out The Barrell1244/4NYOberPolka012k
Sing Along904/4NY012k
Small World1054/4NYGermanMarch1012k
Sweet Georgia Brown1924/4NYSwingFox012k
Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi1004/4NYBigBandBallad022k
Tiny Bubbles1354/4NYHawaiian032k
Violin Cello704/4NYLoveSong022k
When You Wish Upon A Star1004/4NYBigBandBallad032k
White Cliffs Of Dover1054/4NYGypsySwing012k
Yellow Bird1154/4NYBeguine032k
Zip A Dee Doo Dah1164/4NYUSMarch022k