Photo of Richard Peck

"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."

You might want to check out Richard's article on "Keeping Accurate Time", which is in the Music>Articles section of the PSR Tutorial. Richard also has contributed quite a few registrations. Check out his "Richard Peck's Registrations" in the Lessons section.

MIDI Songs

midi Richard provided 30 songs in midi format. These were created on the 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).

Click on this link to download Richard's 30 MIDI songs:

Richard's MIDI songs
Title T TS L C Style V K
America The Beautiful 80 4/4 N Y USMarch 03 2k
Blue Moon 100 4/4 N Y GypsySwing 03 2k
Cohen Medley 125 4/4 N Y Showtune 01 2k
Danny Boy 70 4/4 N Y LoveSong 02 2k
Easter Parade 160 4/4 N Y GypsySwing 01 2k
Georgia On My Mind 95 4/4 N Y MoonlightBallad 02 2k
God Bless America 80 4/4 N Y USMarch 03 2k
Golden Earrings 105 4/4 N Y Beguine 01 2k
Grandfather's Clock 139 4/4 N Y GypsySwing 02 2k
Heart Of My Heart 145 4/4 N Y SwingFox 02 2k
Hymns 75 4/4 N Y USMarch 02 2k
I Don't Know Why 90 4/4 N Y Swing2 02 2k
March Medley 116 4/4 N Y USMarch 02 2k
Merry Go Round 105 4/4 N Y GermanMarch1 01 2k
My Way 90 4/4 N Y MoonlightBallad 03 2k
On The Sunny Side Of The Street 145 4/4 N Y BigBandBallad 03 2k
Over The Rainbow 90 4/4 N Y SwingFox 03 2k
Red Roses For A Blue Lady 115 4/4 N Y BigBandFast1 01 2k
R Hammerstein Medley 80 4/4 N Y USMarch 03 2k
Roll Out The Barrell 124 4/4 N Y OberPolka 01 2k
Sing Along 90 4/4 N Y 01 2k
Small World 105 4/4 N Y GermanMarch1 01 2k
Sweet Georgia Brown 192 4/4 N Y SwingFox 01 2k
Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi 100 4/4 N Y BigBandBallad 02 2k
Tiny Bubbles 135 4/4 N Y Hawaiian 03 2k
Violin Cello 70 4/4 N Y LoveSong 02 2k
When You Wish Upon A Star 100 4/4 N Y BigBandBallad 03 2k
White Cliffs Of Dover 105 4/4 N Y GypsySwing 01 2k
Yellow Bird 115 4/4 N Y Beguine 03 2k
Zip A Dee Doo Dah 116 4/4 N Y USMarch 02 2k