211 Vernon Street
The summer before 5th grade we moved into our new house at 211 Vernon Street. I had two younger brothers named Brian and Scott. We had a mother, a father, and a cat named Puff. Eventually we also got a dog named Boots. The house was part of a small development in what was once farmland. Today the entire area is single family homes. I started 5th grade at Jefferson Grade School and also started alto saxophone lessons at the same time. In high school I started to play simple songs on the piano. My father was a semi professional keyboard player and a 'natural musician.' He put himself through college with a jazz combo and tried to get me to play 'the standards.' I was headstrong and wanted to invent my own musical language instead. This approach seemed reasonable to me at the time... ...During the holiday season, my brother Brian (the musically talented one) got a new tape recorder. He was home from college and we had free time. I promised to buy hime two microphones if he would help me record some piano music. Reluctantly, he agreed and we went out to buy some new Radio Shack condenser microphones. Later I gave him only one mike because I wanted to record with the other one once I bought a tape deck myself, but that is another story. So, with me at the piano and Brian on his new tape recorder, we spent the next few days recording music. That is the music on this CD...