Now, the girl I was seeing told me that her family would be moving to Alymer, Ontario. I was broken hearted over it.
There was a silver lining to that dark cloud they gave me their old upright piano. It to me was like winning a jackpot. My parents could never had the means to buying one.
Well, I was working part time doing different jobs, I started saving my money eventually saving enough to have the piano tuned.
I sat and practised on that piano every chance I had. I worked hard trying to play imitating piano players that I wanted to sound like.
It wasn’t long that I was playing half decent. I became the defacto musician in the home church, well, for the services that I could make it to.
As I became more proficient I started having my sister join me in singing duets. We practised songs until she knew without saying a word the song that we were singing next. We sang at youth rallies, home church, and then we were invited to sing on a Gospel T.V. Talk Show in Detroit, Michigan.
Around the beginning of the year nineteen-eighty I was able to buy my first car, a Ford Pinto Station Wagon.
I started going into Detroit to revival meetings held in the very studio where I sang with my sister. Every time I was there the evangelist spotted me and had me take over on the piano. He didn’t even know my name, but for some unknown reason he seemed to like me. That summer he asked me to travel full time with him and others, I would be his organist. That became a new challenge for me.
I learned how to play what is called a B3 Hammond Organ. I had to develop a style that was totally different than the Piano. Two hands were not the problem. Now I had to learn to use my left foot on the bass pedals, plus, all of the draw bars to created different moods on it.
I soon learned that my style on piano and that on the organ were not inter-changeable. In Canada it was the piano that was accepted. In the States it was the Organ sound that people seemed to enjoy better.
As the years have went by I have become more proficient on the organ, not the Hammond, but on an Organ for my home. My dream would be to have both the Piano and the Organ both in my home.
I have never regretted taking that step of travelling that developed my style of music both here in Canada and the United States.