Mom Was Right.

For 10 years of my life I was very involved in athletics/sports.

I played soccer for 6 years and football for 4 years. But I got injured a lot, and so at the age of 16 I took up the guitar.

Music in itself is physical, just a different kind of physical from sports.

My parents rented me a nylon string guitar for about 6 months the summer we moved back from TX to MO.

I played on that thing diligently and relentlessly learning everything I could (mostly self taught on that instrument but had a few lessons)

Once my parents discovered I was serious enough about it they bought me a red fender stratocaster electric guitar.

I was so excited. I used to lock myself in my room for hours listening to guitar music and learning to play all kinds of rock music.

I never really learned whole songs in the beginning. It was always chords, riffs, solos. Then eventually mastering songs from beginning to end.

My mother always wanted me to play piano and thought I’d be good at it, and we had an upright in the living room that my sister was learning to play.

I was always uninterested and dismissive.

I continued my journey in music when I got to college (I have a degree in music therapy and practiced as an MT-BC for nearly a decade) and had all my music juries for jazz guitar.

It wasn’t until, my sophomore year of college that I discovered that my major required me to not only be proficient in guitar but also in piano.

So I began my long journey with the piano at age 20.

I began playing classical music and then moved into the contemporary piano genres and found my home there.

I’ve touched a guitar maybe twice in the past 14 years, and haven’t played guitar seriously since the late 80s/early 90s.

I’ve focused on the piano and haven’t looked back, and have made a career out of playing the piano.

Mom was right.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!

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  1. M. Gail Wright May 7, 2020 at 8:20 am

    I”m so glad you made piano (music) you career and never looked back! We are all blessed because of it.

  2. CAROL DuBe May 7, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for the Mom Was Right piece, Phillip! I have a similar story, having taken piano at 5 and continued. In my adolescent years I was practicing less, not wanting to take away from my interest in boys. Mom continued to pay the piano teacher, much to my dismay. Lo and behold, I became interested in vocal in HS because of my wonderful choir teacher. I became a piano education major at the Univ. of Colorado and then studied a bit at Juilliard and in Europe, but it was piano that captured my love. So MOM WAS RIGHT! in my case too. Thanks for sharing and yes, Happy Mother’s Day to all of us out there! Stay safe and happy!
    Carol DuBe

  3. cassie May 7, 2020 at 8:36 am

    My mom was the one who got me playing and found me an amazing piano teacher. This teacher found the type of music that you would love and play great at. Each of my siblings played a different style and loved playing. It was due to mom finding the teacher. She was always singing along and reminding us to practice. She even went and got us a baby grand piano and payed for recording of our piano! Now my brother has his own band and writes his own music, Dan DeCristofaro and Blue Light Bandits, while I play classical and contemporary piano.

  4. Dawn E May 7, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Lovely reflection on music at Mother’s Day! I am sharing with my mom 🙂

  5. Julie Borkenhagen May 8, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    I enjoy your music so much. Mom was right!! Thank you for your gift Philip!

  6. Philip Wesley May 13, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you all for listening ?

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