Music is very important to me.

Wollensack Reel to Reel

Music was always a part of my life growing up, from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade playing on my dad's old Wollensak reel-to-reel tape recorder to my mother singing not quite the right lyrics to pop standards of the 1940's.

I remember listening to Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water when it came out in 1970. My brothers and sister and I would sing along and argue about who got to sing Simon and who got to sing Garfunkel.

Around that same time I would put on headphones, plug them into our Lloyd's stereo system and put Jesus Christ Superstar on the turntable (the original 1970 London cast recording, not the 1973 film soundtrack). On the original album, the part of Jesus was sung by Ian Gillan, lead singer of Deep Purple, and that of Judas by Murray Head. The future Gary Glitter had a one-liner as a priest and Michael d'Abo of Manfred Mann appeared as King Herod.2

Around this same time my brother introduced the family to John Denver and somehow acquired a Terada 12-string guitar and a few John Denver song books. And that's how at age 12 I learned to play, looking at the chord frames and strumming the way I heard on the records.

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