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97 Grey: Finally, My Life in Music (97.25)

Finally, My Life with Music

[00:34:44] My life was saved several times by music. When, I grew up in a musical family. I grew up in a house that had two grand pianos. I have an older sister of mine, my older sister, who was a professor of musicology and trained concert pianistic technique. I grew up in house where there was always music. And when I was a little boy, I think I was three or four years old, I was given my first piano lesson. I couldn’t stand it. Couldn’t stand my piano teacher. She drove me crazy. So that didn’t last very long. Then my father decided that I would have violin lessons. The violin is a horrible thing. It perverts your face, and all kinds of peculiar twitches, and so that didn’t last very long. And about that time my brother, I have an older brother, is about five years older than me, he was he was into folk music, early rock n roll. And he went out one day and he bought himself a big cowboy guitar, red one, and he brought it into the house. And the first time I saw that, I thought, that’s for me. I was envious of my brother, he had this incredible looking machine, and all I wanted to do was to be able to play it. So, I went to my father. You know, I said to him, I would like to have guitar lessons. And he said, no, no, no, I didn’t want to play piano, didn’t want to play the violin. I’m not going to pay for guitar lessons. Best thing he ever did. And that infuriated me, because I wanted to be able to play this machine. My brother being an 11/56 didn’t stay with the guitar for very long. He looked at it for a couple of weeks, trying to put his fingers on it, which wasn’t very successful, and he was more interested in girls. And the guitar was left there to gather dust. And I would go into his room and I’d sneak in there and I would try to play with this machine. I have the design of somebody that’s totally individual, so I didn’t have any guitar lessons, so I had to teach myself how to play, and I didn’t have any books. So what I did was I started buying, tuning the strings to sounds that I like. Because I don’t play the guitar like anybody else on the earth. Yeah, I had a wonderful experience many years ago in Byron, on the Indian River, and I was making music with some friends of mine. We had a band and we had been performing during the night and early in the morning we were all sitting around and talking and smoking dope. And there was a friend of one of my musician buddies. He’s a, he’s, he’s got one of these, Beetle imitation bands. They’re very good, and he makes his living that way. It’s very nice. They do a very honorable job with the music and he was very drunk. And he said to me, can I play your guitar? My guitar was standing behing him. And I said, yeah sure, which is rare. I handed him the guitar. And of course, he’s used to a guitar that’s tuned like a guitar. So he immediately put his fingers on and started to do some kind of very complex thing. Of course, it didn’t work, and it didn’t work instantaneously. And he started to cry. He said, I’ve lost it. [00:38:49][244.4][00:38:51] Being an individual. I was also bizarre. I finished university when I was 16 years old, and I couldn’t get a job as a teacher. I was too young, and I couldn’t stand living my life with my family, so I left home and I left home with my guitar and I went to New York City and I lived in New York City for nearly seven years and worked as a musician in coffeehouses during the folk era. Made a lot of music. Sang a lot of songs. So, when I was old enough, I went back into the real world. So, it’s something that I, I, I do when I do the Grey Course, it gives me to the opportunity to sing a couple of songs.

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