In the early seventies my Mom had me start lessons to play the Accordion. I believe I made it to the second year. We were living in London, Ontario. My parents decided to move back to the Windsor, Ontario area, so, the Accordion lessons ceased.
I have been in involved in Gospel Music in one form or another. It started with my maternal Grandfather who played the guitar. We listened to Bluegrass Gospel, and Southern Gospel Music. He had some of the Grandchildren learn some Gospel Music songs to sing in Church. We were not allowed to have the words in front of us, thus, memorization came to play.
My music revolved totally around my Grandfather. In nineteen-seventy-five he suffered a major heart attack while at work. He died immediately.
Needless to say I was totally devastated, it felt like my world came to an end. That year the region was hit with a major snow storm and Grandpa’s funeral was held back for a week. That was the toughest week of my life at that time. It was my first time coming to face to face with a close loved one’s death.
As a young teenager I couldn’t understand why this was allowed to happen for Grandpa was only fifty-seven. I became bitter, stopped playing the Accordion and basically quit everything associated with Gospel Music.
We moved back to the city of Windsor, Ontario, I entered my first year of High School. I started seeing a girl that I met, she was a friend of my oldest sister. Her family had a piano which when I was there I would try to play it.
Now, my Home Church no longer had a musician, they encouraged me to try and play for the song service. The old piano sat to the right of the Pulpit, it was out of tune, Grandpa didn’t like anyone trying to play it. He always said emphatically that “it is out of tune”.
To be continued…