D Monroe

D Monroe

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Unique - Unclassified | Tatumsville, Kentucky, United States
Total Song Plays: 561   
Member Since: 2004
   Last Login: 6/13/2018

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I followed in my older sisters' footsteps and began piano lessons at early age. Strongly influenced by listening to them practice, I played by ear more than notation, and that has not changed. While I still respect and enjoy the classics, greatest influence was from what I heard on yearly trips to the mountains of East Tennessee, where my father's ancestors lived.

As an impressionable beginner in music, I was indelibly motivated by the robust piano playing of the country church's female pianist and the rich harmonies of the congregation. This mixed very naturally with the music I was hearing on my sisters' record player at home...Ray Charles, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin.

This mixture produced the basic style I now seem to follow, though not exclusively. I have strong convictions that music, itself, is a gift from God, to enrich our lives. And for that reason I most often gravitate toward sacred/gospel.

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