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DiJoseph's More-Than-a Piano Blog 7-17-10

Now if you came here expecting to here more about the "Dan's" (MTAP blog 1) there will be a delay.
Albeit a worthy one. I need to mention that I showed symptoms of Tourettes Syndrome way back at...age 7. One year before the Magnus organ ... same year I started drum lessons (CORRECTION here: started drum lessons at age 7 not 5...) Kind-of a blue-plate special: "one order of musical drive with a heaping side order of Tourette's please!"

In the April 13, 2010 edition of the Washington Post I read " [TS] is also associated with creative personalities: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, writer Samuel Johnson and jazz great Thelonious Monk may have had it."
Well... I for one, will not argue with that possibility since being creative has been an obsessive urgency with me ever since I popped out! I mean.... I clapped out a rhythm while the delivery doctor slapped my hand-sized posterior! at age 5, I FORCE-FED my parents ( and ALL who came across the threshold of our front door) a veritable variety show in which I played MC ( dressed like Mitch Miller including the diablo-like Go-tee ) and performer ( lip-syncing to recordings.. playing air guitar and air keyboard).

OK so, back to Dan no. 2..Desiderio. He was very wise in that he demanded I practice what he gave me. You see..well..I kept getting ideas for compositions every time I would work on a piece of music.... a piece of course that I DID requested, but NEVER-THE-LESS...I COULDN'T resist what I heard! I did however still manage to learn the pieces: Bach, Beethoven, DeBussey , Mendelssohn, Liszt ...IN fact I was seriously working towards the classical concert stage...with frequent foray's into
creative urgencies mind you. Dan and I would argue about whether or not a successful pianist could ALSO be a composer. He was thinking classical, while I was thinking Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson. My thinking won out. I felt that there were enough classical pianists in the world but there was only one me...
besides... I couldn't stop the ideas! : )

Here is a video I quickly put together in order to share my first recording tittled
'Journey of A Soul' JOAS was recorded in 1978 on a reel to reel 4 track at 15ips
in one take. It's a bit dramatic, but hey...hope you get a kick... as I did!

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Comment by stephen dijoseph on July 21, 2010 at 1:02am
hey Karrie! That was a great story... I remember the adults at my school at that
age had no idea about TICKS or consider yourself advanced!
Comment by Karrie Chambless on July 20, 2010 at 9:37pm
hehheh. i'm gonna share a little true story with ya. i was working in an elementary school, walking away from the nurse's office. a young boy was walking toward her office, stomping his foot several times. i asked him what he was mad about, and he told me he had a tic. well, silly me, i thought he meant TICK. so, i asked him if he'd been camping or something. he said "no. a TIC." then he shook his head to the side a couple of times to demonstrate what he meant.

i felt soooo silly, especially since i was a special education teacher! he was so sweet and patient with me, i knew then that'd i'd never forget him. and yeah, he's gifted, too, just like you!
Comment by Dorraine Darden on July 19, 2010 at 10:28pm
Still clapping that lovely rhythm, Stephen!
Comment by stephen dijoseph on July 17, 2010 at 1:24pm
thanks Lisa!
Comment by wiffledust on July 17, 2010 at 12:33pm
love this, steveeee!
Comment by stephen dijoseph on July 17, 2010 at 12:30pm
lol...ok susie! ; )

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