I love playing music. Often it is my escape and getaway (even though I am still around people at the time). I also love it when people have God given gifts. That means that some people have extraordinary talents that give them certain advantages over others. When my parents brought a piano over the house I was only 4 years old at the time. The very next morning my mother came downstairs and actually heard me play a tune on it. It was a very simple tune (It was a song by Ben E. King simply entitled “Stand by me”). Over the years I was not interested in playing music. I instead wanted to play basketball. However, everyone kept noticing that whenever I went to music I had very little difficulty picking up songs. At the time I thought everyone was capable of doing it, but then I soon realized that a lot of people couldn’t hear music as well as I did. Fast forward to today and it seems as though I actually have to learn (on average) about 6 to 8 new tunes per week (and no, I am not joking). My church will send me about 4 new tunes a week (often on the night before I have to play them) and then at my open mic event people will bring up new songs for us to play (on the spot). A lot of musicians would have to dedicate time, sit down and figure out the notes to new songs. I will go to Youtube on my phone, play the song in my car and learn it while I am driving. As for my open mic events me (and the rest of the band) will listen to a song request on Youtube and then “play it on the spot.” That is the benefit of having a great musical ear. Can I be stumped? “Absolutely.” There are times when the bad intonation of a song will “throw me off entirely” because I won’t be able to figure out the key of it. For the most part due to the musical ear I have I will attempt to play just about “anything.” “Perfect Pitch” is the ability to hear notes and determine what those notes are. Sometimes it feels as though I can actually “see the notes in my head.” While several people have perfect pitch, I have found that there are “different degrees of it.” I know of some people who have it but still have difficulties learning new songs. That means that their perfect pitch only goes so far for them. I love the challenges of it and I sincerely hope to accomplish a lot more through it. Music is a healing source, and I am blessed with the ability to heal others through playing. Today I just wanted to share with you a little bit of my experiences through my world of music. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
David Banner, Ciara, Vickie Winans, The Williams Brothers, Chuck Brown, Janet Jackson, James Ingram, Yolanda Adams and Brett Jolly on bass (to the far right)