His-Story “A Dreamer’s Journey” was born of this.
My ability to play the piano is a mystery. I did not grow up in a musical home. The only musician in our family was my father.
Given the origin, it wouldn’t be far fetched to say that my talent chose me. It all started with a mystical experience I had when I was 8 years old. I drowned in the waters of Huntington Beach California. I was “clinically dead” (as opposed to biologically dead) meaning that I stopped breathing and was without a heartbeat for several minutes.
It was during those lifeless minutes when something was awakened within me. I somehow inherited certain abilities such as a heightened multi-sensory awareness as well as the ability to see certain events before they happened. Also with these unique gifts came my ability to play the piano. It just happened.
The drowning caused a certain degree of brain dysfunction. I am on the spectrum and was diagnosed with having high functioning autism coupled with savant syndrome.
It’s not uncommon for those who know my father to assume that I somehow inherited my musical talent through some genetic predisposition but nothing could be further from the truth. His primary instrument of choice is the guitar. However, unlike me, he is, totally self taught. He made a conscious choice and effort to learn his instrument as well as the complexities of music theory. I, on the other hand, never asked for my talent. I’m not self taught either. In fact, I’ve never taken a lesson in my life. I just play because no one has ever told me that I couldn’t.
If anything, my father hindered my development because he was so critical. It wasn't until I moved to San Francisco that I began to flourish. With the loving support of my partner and friends I was finally graced with the freedom to unleash my creativity and explore my musical potential. That's when I found true Joy in my life!
This has been my journey ever since.., it is the “Dreamer’s Journey."
Thank you for taking the time to let me share.
I Love you!
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