(Feb, 2004) Hi, and thanks for visiting. I've loved music for pretty near all my life and, despite a small dearth of talent, I've been playing since I was 12 or so. I was never properly trained, something I'll probably always regret. Though I've tried to "retrain" myself from time to time, my bad habits are pretty deeply ingrained. My father worked on moving trucks and, from time to time, we'd find a piano that someone didn't want in our home. I'd fool around on it trying to pick out tunes until it was sold. When I was 18, I bought a Thomas organ and a book of some Beatles tunes and forced myself to learn to play.
While in college, I also learned the recorder and then the flute. My teacher on the latter was lavish in his praise when he told me how he was beginning to almost be able to tell what I was trying to play. Naturally, I filled with pride at those words.
Through the years, I've owned a variety of keyboards and in the late 80's I began adding computers to the mix. I began recording via MIDI on a Commodore 64 and then on various IBM PC's and hardware based-sequencers. I currently own a Yamaha PSR-2000, a Studio Logic MIDI controller keyboard, a Yamaha MU-90R tone generator and some various other recording and audio equipment. In the past, I've owned equipment from Technics, Roland, Emu and others. I've also written professionally about MIDI and audio recording and have done a little studio consulting.
I hit a rather low point in my musical career during a "live audition." It was to be one song ("Aja") and I figured how hard can it be to play a couple of chords? A finger fumble led to stage fright or stage fright led to a finger fumble, either way, I choked bad and though I thought I recovered and played several notes near the end that were reasonably dead on, it was an humiliating experience. To this day, I've not totally recovered from that experience.
While I play as an amateur (and amateurishly!), I've become adept at using the keyboard to help me play music while letting the electronics help with some of my fingering. I was shocked to find out I was far from the only one ("never let 'em see your left hand!"). What the keyboard doesn't solve live for me, the built-in sequencer and/or the computer does. I'll often lay down a series of tracks, quantize the results, use copy and paste from the best takes and lean heavily on technology to produce music that I probably could not have otherwise created.
As part of the recording process, I enjoy arranging music and composing my own music. A song I wrote in 1999 beat out 10,000 other entries in a song-writing contest. Some of my music has been played as far south as Connecticut, as far north as Newfoundland and as far west as Saskatchewan. A talented pair of Canadian artists recorded a song I wrote (she wrote nearly all of the lyrics) over the summer of 2003 and I've been approached by a country artist about another song that I wrote.
I've come to accept that I'll probably not be the next Billy Joel or Paul Simon, but music is an important facet of my life and one that I enjoy sharing. I appreciate Joe's hosting of some of my music here.
Mike provided 80 songs in midi format. These were created on the PSR-3000 (3k) or PSR-2000 (2k). Individual songs are shown in the table below and any one song can be downloaded by right-clicking on the song link. The table displays the song title, tempo (T), time signature (TS), lyrics (L), chords (C), where possible, the style used, the original volume (V), and the keyboard used (K).
|And I Love Her||110||4/4||N||N||07||3k|
|Any Day Now||100||4/4||N||N||03||2k|
|At The Hop||120||8/8||N||N||02||2k|
|Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You||100||4/4||N||N||FrenchHouse||04||3k|
|City Of New Orleans||100||4/4||N||N||03||2k|
|Close To You||82||16/16||N||N||04||3k|
|Come On Eileen||120||16/16||N||N||03||2k|
|Easy Come Easy Go||100||4/4||N||N||05||3k|
|Fly Me To The Moon||120||4/4||N||N||08||3k|
|For Your Love||140||4/4||N||N||01||2k|
|Get High With A Girl Like You||115||4/4||N||N||06||3k|
|Gimme Some Lovin'||120||4/4||N||N||03||2k|
|Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer||120||4/4||N||N||SchlagerPop||04||3k|
|Happy Wanderer, The||100||4/4||N||Y||PartyPolka||05||3k|
|Hard Day's Night Funk, A||130||4/4||N||N||02||2k|
|Hard Day's Night Funk, A||130||4/4||N||N||07||3k|
|He Ain't Heavy||76||4/4||N||Y||05||3k|
|Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again||120||4/4||N||N||04||3k|
|I d Like To Get To Know Someone (c)||100||4/4||N||N||07||3k|
|In My Life||104||4/4||N||N||08||3k|
|I Saw Her Standing There||100||4/4||N||N||07||3k|
|I Think We're Alone Now||120||4/4||N||N||02||2k|
|It's Not Unusual||120||8/8||N||N||01||2k|
|I Will Survive||216||4/4||N||N||07||3k|
|Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow, A||92||4/4||Y||N||04||3k|
|Make Those Wheels Go Round (c)||110||4/4||Y||N||08||2k|
|Mighty Wind, A||96||4/4||N||N||04||3k|
|My Name Is Tallulah||106||4/4||N||N||07||3k|
|Needles And Pins||121||4/4||N||N||08||3k|
|Over The Rainbow, Wonderful World||100||4/4||N||N||08||3k|
|Reflections Of My Life||100||4/4||N||Y||EasyBallad||06||3k|
|Riders In The Sky||120||2/4||N||N||02||2k|
|She Loves You||120||8/8||N||N||03||2k|
|She's Not There||120||8/8||N||N||02||2k|
|Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely||120||4/4||N||Y||Cool8Beat||05||3k|
|Stars And Stripes Forever||120||8/8||N||N||02||2k|
|Sweet Talking Guy||152||4/4||N||Y||BubblegumPop||06||3k|
|Tide Is High||100||4/4||N||Y||ChartPop||05||3k|
|Tie A Yellow Ribbon||168||4/4||Y||N||08||2k|
|Which Way You Goin', Billy (Piano)||110||4/4||N||N||03||2k|
|While My Guitar Gently Weeps||120||8/8||N||N||01||2k|
|You Belong To Me||95||4/4||N||N||06||3k|
|You Belong To Me (Country)||120||4/4||N||N||02||2k|
|You Don't Own Me||176||3/4||N||Y||05||3k|
|You Got It||128||4/4||N||N||RetroPop||04||3k|
|You Needed Me||100||8/8||N||N||06||3k|
|You've Got Your Troubles||131||16/16||Y||N||04||3k|