(I Had) The Time of My Life
Rascals Medley 1
Rascals Medley 2
(February, 2016) My brother and I grew up in a humble home in south eastern Texas. Our home was frequently filled with southern gospel, country, and pop tunes on our mother's radio programs during the day and our father's evening practice sessions as he prepared for weekend performances as the lead or rhythm guitarist for local bands. When we were in the late teen years, we became interested in playing guitar and bass guitar for our church choir.
After completing college, I embarked on a career as a secondary mathematics teacher for the state of Texas. At about this same time, I met and married my soul mate who was, incidentally, an outstanding and accomplished pianist. We soon purchased a used piano in order to develop arrangements for the music that we used in church services. Since we both played mostly by ear using lead sheets and charts that we developed, we spent many wonderful and happy hours playing with the other church musicians. Occasionally, I would try my hand at the piano keyboard when no one was listening.
Upon my father's retirement in 1985, he relocated to central Texas and shortly thereafter purchased a Yamaha PSR 6300 Portatone. When my brother or I visited him, we were duly impressed by the "one-man-band" capabilities the instrument offered. Then, in the late 1990's, I acquired a PSR 510 keyboard. I was amazed at the advancements that Yamaha had made over the previous decade. I used this instrument and headphones to learn how to play my favorite songs and for relaxation.
In 2010, I retired from teaching after a career that spanned 41 years. In the fall of that year I purchased a Yamaha PSR-S710. I spent about a year experimenting with the impressive array of realistic voices and accompaniment styles onboard. While I learned about the performance and recording capabilities the instrument afforded, I found the PSR Tutorial website and downloaded some style files. After I recorded and listened to a few songs that I had burned to a CD, I was hooked. I then set about creating CD's containing my renditions of pop and southern gospel songs that I liked to listen to and sharing them with friends and family members.
In the fall of 2014, I acquired a Yamaha PSR-S950 and am currently learning how to play and record with it. I appreciate and enjoy many musical genres, but my favorites remain: southern gospel, country, R & B, boogie, pop, soft rock, swing, and jazz. I continue to strive to master arranging, improvisation, the nuances of mixing, the use of multipads, and step-recording.
In October of 2017, I was able to acquire the Tyros 5. As with the other Yamaha keyboards, it is packed with many new styles and voices. I was particularly impressed with the multitude of realistic choir voices and choir multipads. I am currently enjoying learning to integrate these and other voices into my favorite songs.
Richard's MP3 Song Index
The list below includes all of Richard's songs arranged alphabetically by song title. Click on the song title to listen to and/or download the song. Songs recorded on Tyros5 (T5) or PSR-S950 (95).