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Wild Irish Rose - (midi
My Wild Irish Rose, November 1999
It's the first piece that I wrote without any
assistance from my studio partner (we usually
work in pairs).
The instruments present are :
violin (melody), accordion, kick drum (bass
drum), piano and tambourine.
I dedicated this piece to my mother because
she's the one who always encouraged me to do
what I feel like doing.
This song is an Irish-American folk song,
so it's not a classical Irish tune from
||Please tell me a bit
about yourself. *s*
||I currently live in
the outskirts of Montreal, Canada on an Island
called Laval. I have been all over Canada because my
parents were in the military. And I'm currently
studying Psychology *winks at Zilette* at St-Jérôme
||When did you first get
in contact with music?
||When I was in 1st
grade, I learned how to play the recorder (don't we
all?) and later I started learning the piano at age
||Right *l*, I still
have my old recorder somewhere. So when you started
to play, did you feel right away that you had a
talent for music?
||No. I totally hated
music back then. I was one of the worst in the class
*L* But the first time I put my hands on a clarinet,
it was love at first sight.
||So you quit playing
the piano, and picked up the clarinet instead?
||Well I didn't exactly
quit playing it, I just stopped taking lessons. I
can still play but I prefer the clarinet.
||Have you played any
other instruments other than piano and clarinet?
||Well I'm currently
learning how to play African drums. It may sound
weird but it's fun and easy to play and it helps me
find new beats to write in my compositions. And
above that, it's a stress reliever! I just play
whatever comes to mind.
||Wow, that sounds
interesting, how did you get in contact with African
||I have friends who
play. And they've been showing me how to play and I
finally bought my own drum last summer.
||What kind(s) of music
do you like to listen too?
||I listen to
alternative, Jazz, Classical, motion picture themes
||That's pretty broad,
any favorite musicians/groups?
||Aerosmith, No Doubt,
London symphony, Benny Goodman (Jazz) and Offspring
||Do you write a lot of
||Well I write less
music than I did last year because I'm in college
now. I sometimes write jazz themes for my instrument
Before college, I wrote some Irish folk music, movie
themes ( I even tried a shot at the ST: Voyager
theme song) and some percussion songs.
||Wow, sounds like
you've been doing a little of everything. Do you
look at yourself more as a composer rather than a
performer, or maybe both?
||I'm more of a
performer cause it's more fun and a little less
complicated to do.
||For how long have you
||For about 6 years in
high school (intensive studying, not just in
instrument but in literature, theory and
composition). It's a special program that we had in
high school roughly translated from French was
called "Concentration Music". It allowed
me to have a schedule of high school classes mixed
with music classes (sort of like a 50/50 thing).
And added to that, I learned how to play the piano
(at age 8) and I had music lessons in grammar school
like everybody else.
||What are your plans
for the future?, any dreams?
||Plans for the
future??? *thinks* Well after I graduate from
University I plan on heading back in the west (in
Vancouver) where I plan on working as a counselor or
a psychologist. And I definitely plan to continue
playing music, it's an essential aspect of my life.
And like I told Robert (my director) after the
last concert when he asked me: "Will you keep
on playing?" I said: "How could I stop
playing? There's so much to learn in music and
quitting is out of the question Bob! I don't think
that Mozart, Handel or Tchaikovski knew everything
about music, it takes more than a lifetime to learn
something so complex and yet so beautiful."
He didn't reply, he just smiled at me with the
satisfaction that he taught me a lesson in life, to
never quit what you love.
And as for my dreams... well I've always dreamed
to meet Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway) because her
role as Janeway was really a muse for me in letting
out my imagination and to not be afraid to let out
my emotions in every piece of music I play. I used
to be a very reserved person before I started
watching ST: Voyager.
And another dream I have is to someday play one
of my duos, that I have composed, with my past
mentor, Christopher Hall. He told me that he wanted
to play one of my compositions with me, but we never
had the chance to do so before he left for Germany
with his family. You can say it's sort of like a
*is all mixed in her emotions*
||*s* I'm glad you'll
keep playing. Is there anything else you'd like to
||Yup just 2 things. I
encourage everyone to learn music, it's fun great
and in certainly made me discover things I never
even knew I could do.
And sadly, the school district that financially
invested in the Concentration Music program will
terminate funding the project somewhere in the next
year or so. My fellow music colleagues (who went
through the whole program), teachers and I too will
send letters to the district asking them to keep the
Music HAS to be taught!!!