The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76272   Message #2698648
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
12-Aug-09 - 12:54 PM
Thread Name: Who influenced you to become a musician
Subject: RE: Who influenced you to become a musician
Oddly, it wasn't a folk musician, but the sweet sound of a jazz trombone that first caught my attention. In the 1940's and early '50's, my folks shared a mountain cabin retreat in the Sierras which counted an ancient tabletop Victrola amoung its attributes. We listened to everything from "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" to Chopin to Bing Crosby on that thing. My favorite was Jack Teagarden, an early jazz/blues trombonist. I first played cornet in elementary school. My music teacher, a 70-something part-timer who had played trumpet with John Philip Sousa's Marine Band, encouraged me. From then on, it was just finding what really suited me and it eventually led to guitar.