100 Years Old
Talking Dolphin Records 2043 Productions 76-6182 'B' Plumeria Rd. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 (808) 326-2631 firstname.lastname@example.org About the Artist Roderick LaRue McPherson Born on October 21, 1952 in Fairbanks, Alaska, Rod spent most of his early childhood and teen years moving from place to place in the western United States. His father worked as an office manager and accountant for a large construction company and was transferred frequently, resulting in Rod attending a total of thirteen schools before graduating high school in Seattle. Fortunately, a couple of rental houses along the way contained pianos, for which he felt an attraction. The first of these was in Altus, Oklahoma in his fourth grade year, 1962. His parents, seeing his interest in the instrument, found a local piano teacher to give him lessons for the six months that they lived there. When they next moved to Los Angeles and rented a house that contained a baby grand piano, Rod continued to play, even though he was given no instruction at that time. Well, a couple of years later, while living in southern Idaho, his parents bought a Hammond organ. With the organ came several 'teach yourself' manuals, which Rod instantly devoured. Seeing his intense interest and ability, his parents contacted a prominent local organist, Lucille Frohlich, who had previously played pipe organ in the famous Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the next six months, she gave him lessons in fundamental fingering techniques which he never forgot, although through the next few years in high school he hardly played. In 1972, after graduating from high school, Rod was infected with a wanderlust which led him to New Orleans. While there, he met an elderly African-American piano player known as Eddy, who single-handedly rekindled his interest in the piano in the space of three nights. 'The old man had complete command of the keyboard and was equally captivating whether he was playing alone or jamming with other musicians.' Several months later, after arriving home in Seattle, Rod found an old upright piano for sale and began playing again. He took a musical composition course at Green River Community College and over the next ten years and three pianos, he played with a number of musicians and a few bands before marrying his loving wife, Edee, and moving to Hawaii in 1983. He sold the old upright piano that he owned at the time, planning to replace it in Hawaii. Eleven years and two children later, he finally replaced it with a garage sale piano. 'It was a practically new Roland electric piano with a small amp for a great price......it was like becoming reacquainted with an old friend.' After playing in a local rock and roll band for a couple of years, Rod began exploring his own musical tastes and working on his own compositions. Teaming up with former band mate Jay Neumann on bass for some of the cuts, Rod released '100 Years Old' featuring 'Wright Flight' on the Talking Dolphin Records label in May of 2003 to commemorate the centennial of the first flight of Wilbur and Orville Wright. The title track has a turn-of-the-century feel and for Rod, it was his personal 'first flight', featuring his own original compositions in a compact disc format. He continues to write new music and already has a jump on his second CD.