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I started playing piano in third grade.  A friend came over and played me a few songs, and taught me how to play one.  I was so ecstatic!  I told my parents I really wanted to learn how to play, so they hired the church pianist to teach me.  She was wonderful!  I learned the basics of piano, and how to laugh at myself when I made mistakes.  When she moved to Alaska, I had a new teacher.  I learned even more technique, including how to memorize several songs.  Each summer she had a competition to see which students could memorize the most songs.  The prize was a bust of a famous classical composer.  That challenge was all I needed!  I dove into the music, played hard, and won every year.

Then, as a teenager, I had a new piano teacher.  She was rigorous and strict, pushing me to always play at my best.  I loved her, I hated her.  I appreciated how she knew how to push me, I learned so much.  This was a time that I was most involved in music, playing at church, as the accompaniment in the choirs at school, and in competitions with my piano teacher.  At this point, I found solace and peace when playing the piano, I found myself – and made it a priority in my life.

The teenage rebellion showed up around the age of 13.  After so many years of classically trained piano lessons, I yearned for more freedom and expression in music.  I decided that if I wrote my own music, then my teacher couldn’t tell me how to play it – because it was my own creation.  So I started composing.  Once she heard my songs, she said, “oh, this is what you like?” and brought me music by David Lanz.  I fell in love with new age music!  Yes, this is the music I want to play!  I continued writing music over the years, honing my skills, nurturing my creativity, my own collection building.  When asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, I said, “maybe a doctor – I want to help people be well.”  The response I got was, “music is healing.”

At age 19, I played piano at local churches during my lunch break at work since I didn’t own my own piano.  I turned down several offers to play for others, I somehow felt like playing my music was too vulnerable.  This went on for almost ten years.  The struggle to feel safe with my music, and yet feeling a pull, a drive to share what was inside.  At age 28, I went to massage school, yearning to touch others lives in a positive way.  Music kept knocking at my heart’s door.  In the middle of the program, I entered a harrowing time:  personal relationship issues, a painful flare up of Crohn’s (an autoimmune condition), full time work, and finals.  So I returned to music.  And found healing.  By the time I graduated massage school, I had moved four times, Crohn’s was gone, I had met David Lanz (a legendary solo  piano composer), and found my recording studio, (referred to me by David Lanz) Piano Haven in Seattle.  I embarked on my secret dream I’d had for years:  record my own piano CD..........
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