I have come to the realization that my personal tastes in music (and most other things) do not fall in line with that of the public in general. I appreciate the talent of a Michael Jackson or an Elvis Presley, but the only king I recognize is the one that resides on my chess board. I also demure from usage (or acceptance) of the word "genius" when reference is being made to an artist or entertainer (athlete, novelist, statesman, etc.) If you want to use the word "genius" in reference to your personal favorite(s), just keep it to yourself, where it belongs.
I laud anyone who creates art (entertainment) from their very own personal experience, as opposed to one who blatantly mimics that which is popular. I do not feel that creativity alone makes for great art. But I do feel that we each have the right, and the obligation to ourselves, to decide what we, and we alone, feel constitutes art.
That brings me to me. I create music. The acoustic, baby grand piano is my tool of choice for constructing my original jazz melodies and improvisational piano music. But I also incorporate electronics, midi, synths, samples, etc into my recordings. I am influenced by a variety of artists spanning a tremendous range of time and styles. Between 2010 and 2023, I reveled in the opportunity to make music with my long-time friends Jay (Graboski) and David (Reeve) with much participation from bassist Spencer (Jozwiak) as OHO, in the sacred tradition of that formidable, Baltimore-area musical collective. This experience informs my music with a pop sensibility that would otherwise, most certainly be absent.
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