For twenty plus years after grad school I raised my family and ran a fine arts school for homeschooled students. When I came back to my “accompanying work” about 8 years ago, the terms had changed and suddenly we were “collaborative pianists” or “collaborative artists”.
I was a little confused at first by this change in terms, but the more I thought about it, the more I started to like the new description much better than the old one. Accompanist has the connotation of someone who “accompanies” you in your pursuits. Accompanists are not really seen as that important and are considered to be more of a condiment, like mustard on a hot dog. Collaborative Pianist on the other hand, has the connotation of working together with someone to create something of high quality and beauty.
I have always enjoyed making music with others much more than I have enjoyed making music alone, so for me the term Collaborative Pianist fits just right. And that is what this blog is all about, collaborating with others and finding just the right fit.
I hope you will enjoy collaborating with me on many things, from choosing a musician for a special event, to the emotional bonding that takes place in musical collaborations, to creating beauty, and a host of other things I hope we both find interesting. I’m looking forward to getting to know you as we journey this road together, and I hope you will enjoy getting to know me too.