Sandy the Musician
Music is Part of the Highway Sandy Travels On
Most importantly, you can say that I was blessed with a great grandfather that made violins
and played them, and another step-grandfather who was known
to play the Scottish Bag-Pipes. My mother’s baby sister was also one that inspired me to like piano. She was only three years older than me. Therefore, Sandy’s days in music were influenced.
My aunt went off to college, as a result, she got her degree in music
with the emphasis in performance piano and organ. My aunt played for the church and taught private piano lessons to individual children for a living. We often played a duet together on piano, “Chop Sticks”, as she called it.
Dad Brought About Changes in Music in My life
I first started to learn music, when my father was stationed in
Germany after World War II. He sent me a beautiful Hohner accordion from West Germany. Seeing all the buttons and finding the chords were the big challenges to learn. I spent a couple of years
taking private lessons, and I performed several solos in front of my church.
As a young performer at that time, I was given front stage,
as if I were the pastor of the church preaching to the congregation.
This was a big honor for me to be asked to play for them.
The church was in the National Guard Armory in Homestead, Florida.
Everyone enjoyed my music in the service. This dedication that the church had one day brought about a new change for all of us.
We later built a new church as the members grew.
Subsequently, I felt bonded to the future of that church just from
my solo performance.
Someone told me that I need to hear the beat of my own drum.
This is a statement that I never want to forget. We all develop
our own creativity, and music was just one of those facets within me.
Music is the one thing that makes me feel the beat inside of me.
I developed an ear for quality music , and over the years
I listened to many styles of music. My musical skills allowed me to share
my thoughts with professional bands and individual music artist to
improve their performances. As a result, my music went toward
management of music artist, and assisting with their progress.
In Junior High School Other Instruments Caught My Attention
Wood Wind instruments were my love.
(The first saxophone I played was a baritone saxophone.)
This saxophone was large and heavy. I looked at it as a challenge,
because being in the band was important, and I wanted to be there.
Bands did not play accordions at the time. As a result, I went back to the
music store and made a trade for a tenor saxophone. I had no money and
my accordion was the only thing of value to trade. The accordion was a
great first instrument for me, but it was time to let go. I wanted
to learn tenor saxophone, and the trade was made to take me forward in music.
In the ninth grade, my challenge took me to form a band, and do fun things.
I was the lead band member and tenor saxophone was my instrument.
The band tried out for the New York City ” Ted Mack Amateur Hour.”
We played for the talent scouts at Jackie Gleason’s Hotel
on Miami Beach. It was how you tried out in those days.
We had a serious connection to these people with our rendition
of “When the Saints Go Marching In”. They simply were moved at that
The only problem was my band had too many members.
It was not television’s usual style band, and unfortunately
we were not picked to be on television. That did not stop our
commitment to have a great 9th grade year. The scouts
really fell for our music regardless of how many that we had in the band.
Our band had 2 drummers, 2 guitarist, 1 clarinet player,
and 2 saxophone players that included myself.
On Saturdays, this band got everybody moving to the beat
and sound of “The Twist”, by Chubby Checker at the local
theater as a half time show. We all got to play for the theater
in Homestead, Florida at the half time show. We were given
free tickets to view the movies in the form of payment for the
half-time performance. The audience loved the performance.
Music Grows on the Listener
Music kept growing like the blossom of a flower on me,
and I developed a love of music. As a result, the band “The Beatles”
had me wearing a Beatles fashion wig. I simply loved the style
of drummer Ringo Starr as the most favored one of the Beatles.
I think it was his drum performances and also the rings on his
fingers that caught my attention. Teens always see the glitz and
glamour or unique attributes in their world of music.
Subsequently, my father bought me a Motorola Stereo.
The needles in my Motorola Stereo record player often needed replacing. That was costly. At the time, I liked the work of Elvis Presley. His albums got the full play time at my house on my
Motorola record player.
It was always about listening to the beat and moving your body
around the floor. After homework, a high school student loves to
chill out to the music. That was in the 60s and 70s and 80s.
Now, a new Millenium came forth, then technology brought new
levels of entertainment. As a consequence, other fields of interest
came forth for the love of music, sports, clubs, and the going to ball games, or even running events like track.
Next Came Guitar
Picking up a guitar, and learning to play was not exactly my cup of tea.
I had problems getting use to my fingers feeling like they had to toughen up to play the strings. Some talented people have a touch for playing guitar.
My dad even hired someone to teach me guitar. I tried to play and learn some songs, but guitar was just not for me. Guitarist have
to arrive at how to manipulate and play the strings. Some play songs they hear, and others go beyond and write their own music.
I had the music inside of me, and I never gave up wanting to do it.
There is a part of me that wants to get down with rock and roll, or jazz,
or classical, or just about any style of music. I simply love the
sound of guitar in “Rock and Roll Metal Music”.
Opportunity With A New Instrument in My Hands
My high school band director in North Dakota decided to make
me the solo Oboe player in his orchestra. A solo was part of that deal. The band was playing classical famous musicians music like Beethoven, Bach, etc.
Unfortunately, he did not tell me at that time about a solo with no band member playing but the Oboe Player. The regular Oboe player had to be out sick in isolation for two months.
As a band member, I became the next best thing for the Orchestra.
I never dreamed that I would be the only one playing a solo part in a large band. The audience was visible and packed in the room.
We had to perform in front of a large audience.
First, I had to learn to play the keys and get use to the style. This included taking bamboo and making my own mouth pieces. That
was a challenge to make the reed mouth piece work. Consequently,
I had added a new learning experience in music.
Silence Came Upon the Room..…………………
A music performer remembers the feelings that come over them in
a performance. Many music artist feel shy doing a solo in the spotlight.
I was no different. Once in the band, I could feel my face turn red and
feeling that redness was even more embarrassing. My only solo was one to remember.
No one played their instrument but the Oboe player.
Afterward,the audience applauded my performance for the solo part.
The audience applause came down to silence, and the band began
My Love of Music Kept Growing
Most of all, music is a stress reliever for those that can relax
by the sound produced on the radio, on the internet, with DJs or
gathered with friends, or simply alone in your comfort zone.
The blessings always flows in my life as music changes from one
form to another or one style to another.
I would even play music,when creating paintings in college. It made me feel the strokes of my brush, and it allowed my brush strokes to flow like the the rhythm of a song. The paintings felt all flow like a
water fall or a river flowing in time. As a result, my own paintings
grew into all kinds of techniques and styles.
My Later Years Took Me on the Road Toward
I left school teaching for awhile and entered the talent promotion field.
I got to represent a music artist that had once been in a signed
band at Oz Fest in 2000. The band later broke up in years later. He left California and traveled to a new area. Later on, he came to meet me with his band members, and I made a trip to Atlanta, Ga. to meet this group.
They all saw the unique ability I had to understand them,
and I took on the adventure of helping the guys to grow a band.
The leader of the band was once the lead guitarist of that band
that had been signed originally for a label, and he played for a band
during Oz-Fest in 2000, and Billy Roan ended up with an article written about his work in “Guitar Player Magazine”.
This guy is Billy Roan of the former “Deadlights Band”. He has played with many famous rock bands, and I did everything in the process to grow his new band to success. Billy is still into music and has moved away from the Atlanta, Ga. music scene. I know on many occasions his band would perform at “Battle of the Bands” in the Atlanta area.
My company represented him in building his website and representing him in developing his band into all he wanted it to become. Our company was Fabulous 5 International, LLC. We served businesses needing promotion and websites. We are proud to say we handled one talented band like his.
It was a life experience that I can add to my repertoire of job experiences. My list is kind of long. That makes life
more interesting. Consequently, life itself does not have to be stagnant,
boring, or without changes, then your life can lead you to promising new adventures.
A Good Rapport and Reference is Everything in Business
Even though this band did not continue, and the guitarist moved away,
then we always kept up and stood for success. Many times he gave me a good work reference, when I needed it. Today we still remember the good old days, when my company represented him and his group.
All the many experiences, that I had brought forth my understanding of music, and I enjoy working to help music artists to grow their talent.
In 2011, ladybluewriter in a hub once wrote about a special music artist
that caught my attention. The review was for Johannes Linstead.
Please read the New Music Artist Review on
I wrote a review of this music artist, and I am writing a new review of
the artist now after eight years. His style is Latin, and Johannes Linstead lives in Canada. He often visits the Caribbean Islands.
Where his creativity goes to the top of the world charts. He had at least 7 awards in his music and made the top of the Charts in the USA and the World Charts. His band has a lot of talent, and they are often performing all around.
You can see his new review on my sight blog as well. Please take time to
watch his video link about his memorial for his dog “Bella”.
I believe in animal rescue, and he once rescued this special dog and her puppies.