When I was in kindergarten, I used to attend one of the hippest and newest parishes in the North District. In this modern parish, with a modern building, and a modern take on the Mass, I used to listen to the organist with great admiration and wished that I too could one day play with such finesse. Percussions, cosmic sounds, Drum synchro fill-ins, melodic appregio chords. The full works that would make Yamaha proud. This parish even owned the Yamaha FX-1 *drool* !!!
And so my parents enrolled me into the Junior Music Course (JMC) with secret hopes that one day I would be able to do the same. And I did! I played at various Masses with the same gusto as did my “idol” with slick rhythm box maneuvers and voice-banks.
Fast forward to 1999, I came face-to-face with the Viscount Protege at the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul and thought to myself: “what a behemoth, old-fashioned looking thing!”
I struggled to make it sound uplifting enough with the chord structures and patterns that I’ve been brought up with. At best, it sounded like carousel music. I massacred the hymns week after week. But that was the best I could do, because I knew no better. Until a kind soul showed me how she played the pipe organ and that enlightened me with some ideas I could use. Read more… …