[Posting clips of my students performing lets them know I’m proud of them. Learning music – like learning most things – is a series of little steps, every step significant, and hopefully taken with a sense of pleasure and adventure.]
Arthur is 12 and is going to be pop star, or a novelist, probably both, and save the world too. We had our first lesson of the year last night, I had planned to jog his memory by returning to the exam pieces we worked on all those months ago, before Christmas. But oh no, he had other plans.
I want to show you my new song, I worked out the chords. It’s called ‘Immortal’ Here’s what I wrote.
What I really love about this is the genuine creativity and energy behind this notation. It doesn’t matter whether it’s all technically correct or not, that can so easily be learnt.
But a kid sat in a room and wrote this, hearing it in his head and working it out on the keyboard. No one told him to do it. No one told him to be by himself, being quiet, thinking, hearing, making something out of nothing.
I do say things like: “Yea, write something over the holidays and we’ll jam over it.” But I don’t really expect anything from it. He amazes me.
“Okay,” I said.
“How about I pop a melody on top and let’s record it?”
Here is Arthur’s Immortal, and make sure you hear the electric part!
Arthur, when you become famous and start doing interviews, remember to say, “Well it all started when I had a really, really cool piano teacher whose name was Joanna Funk…”
Don’t forget, dude! 🙂