(Page is under construction. Click the sidebar in the upper left to pull up recent posts) at this point I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the extras I can put on this page. I need more extra (extra?) time. Lol
(current edits, Feb 6, 2019 are in the color green. This page has been edited several times but you should know where.)
The older I get the busier I get. It makes life fun because there are endless possibilities of where I’ll end up before the end of my life. Music was the only thing that was important to me since I was in the second grade. There was much I didn’t understand then, but as I look back at the many twists and turns my life has taken, some good and some life threatening, I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had not gone through it all.
By the age often eight I knew I was going to teach music but I had no idea how I knew that. I certainly didn’t know what I was doing. But it didn’t stop me from dragging my friends into my house because I was going to teach them how to play the piano. As long as I knew more than they did I could teach them what I had learned from a short span of lessons at age seven. I took lessons again as an early teen but was fired by my piano teacher because I wanted to do things my way. I practiced what I wanted to practice. I taught myself.
I didn’t buy 45’s of popular bands. I knew who they were and I had teenage crushes like all the other girls. I even lied once and told my friends I saw the Beatles. But the only music I listened to was classical piano. Van Clyburn was my favorite. Andre Levin. In my mid teens I’d load my record player up with classical piano albums so it would play for hours as I slept. At seventeen I went back to the teacher who fired me and told him he had a year to polish up what I couldn’t figure out. Through his teaching career I was the only student he ever had who chose music as my life choice. I didn’t want to be a classical pianist but I knew instinctively that I needed to know how to read music in order to create it. I started writing music when I was nineteen, in between hustling pool to pay the rent. I was a crazy risk taker.
I understand now why there is such a draw in me to create – to play by improvising. To feel an emotion and let my hands play what I feel. It is a high people try to reach with drugs and alcohol. I get it for free. I don’t think about it. It pulls me into the center of the keyboard and I feel as though I am playing my piano from the inside out. If I try to write by calculating the theory it is minus the emotion.
I can’t explain what happens inside during this experience, when emotion and the body together produces something real. When I listen back after recording – usually days later – if it pulls on my insides and catches my breath I know I accomplished what wanted to do. The older I get the better the music gets. So if I live to 90 and my hands still work I’ll be pretty fucking awesome! (Pardon my French)
There have been serious ups and downs in my life and my music is the result of surviving, so there must be a reason why I’m so here. It gave me a reason to play and there is no “age” in the sound of music. My music changed over the years. I began to evolve into the musician I am now and I couldn’t be happier. All
63 64 years of me. It is exciting to think of what is to come.
A little over a year ago I started a YouTube channel – Sonni Quick Piano Improv. The video below tells you why I am making these music videos using the music I’m recording for the chapters of the book I’m writing, Inside The Forbidden Outside. You can find the rest of the videos from the video below. I hope you stay and watch a few, subscribe if you like YouTube and host the notification bell to know when I record more.
You can find out about the book, read some of the chapters (I’m still finishing the second draft) and subscribe to ITFO NEWS at mynameisjame.net
If you are new to my sites welcome. I hope you come back Leave me a comment below so I know you were here. My main music website is sonniquick.net. You can subscribe to my mailing list there when I publish new music and you can stream my music from there as well. I promise to create wonderful dreams