Do you find MUSIC to be fascinating? Inspiring? Relaxing? Enthralling? Exciting?
I certainly do, and I have for most of my life, starting at the age of 15 when a blower-powered Magnus Chord Organ came into our house that Christmas.
Though I had played the flute in Elementary School and 7th grade, I was never permitted (let alone encouraged) to play by ear, improvise or compose my own music. All the fun had been wrung out of “playing” music by teachers who THOUGHT they were preparing me for a job someday down the road. So, up till the age of 15, music was defined as “WORK”, not play.
I was lucky to have my interest in music resurrected by that keyboard, and I learned to PLAY music, much to my continual delight!
This is the general blog of Terry Leigh Britton. I’m 69 years old. I am from Ridgefield, CT, but have lived in Cambridge and Boston, MA, NYC and Saugerties, NY, Jersey City, NJ, and have spent the last 30 years in North Carolina, living in Durham, Winston-Salem, and now for the last ten in Elizabeth City, NC.
In this blog, I will cover many areas of interest to me. Besides having been a musician for 55 years, I am also a retired Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology college professor and – more recently – a web programmer, so you’ll see some things here related to those sorts of pursuits. However, my current focus is on helping people of all ages become musicians AND composers themselves, and enjoy the immense satisfaction and pleasure from learning to PLAY music as I did!
In 2017-2018 I spent most of my time in a daily performance music project, performing live every day on a YouTube stream before a live audience following a daily theme., and the recordings have been watched and listened to afterward by several more folks. After a full year, I ended up with 5 shy of 2400 individual pieces in my repertoire (5 per day times six days a week and 13 on Thursdays, times approx. 56 weeks). I hope to teach as many people as possible to live-stream their own performances and improvisations – because it is really true that playing for others will hone your skills and make you a better musician (and person!) faster than any other avenue!
I have many, many interests, and find the entire world of knowledge and experiences a continually fascinating place. If you are a geek, you will understand me perfectly! My “Personal Ad” on a dating site would read: “Somewhat Antiquey Freaky Geeky Boy Seeks Freaky Geeky Girl. Have a weakness for meekness, but a smart and sleek geek girl would work just fine. Let’s get together for a peak geek experience!” I also say some very corny things that give me away as something of a nerd as well.
Enjoy the blog.