first things first im on my third listen of this track i love the keys on this track great track from a grandmaster of music and jazzfusion fjazz
March 30, 1951 John David Thomas was born in a small college town, Muncie, Indiana, home of Ball State University. Born of musical parents, a classical pianist and music teacher mother and a professional tenor soloist father, John David was always surrounded by music.
The Thomas family moved to Indianapolis in 1957, and at age eight, John David performed his first composition for piano at a school music program. At Howe High School, he was four years first chair cellist and was a member of “ All City” and “ All State” orchestras. During an All City Choral Festival, he received a special honor when his choral composition “Little One” was performed by the Howe High School choir (with his rock band and John David playing bass guitar and singing lead vocal in 1969.)
While enrolled as a music scholarship student at Ball State University’s School of Music, he especially enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to study with four different professors of music composition, all of whom were modern avant garde and New Music composers: (Dr. Cleve Scott, Dr. Pellegrini, David Foley, Morris Knight). He loved working for three years in the Electronic Music Studio, composing avant garde electronic tape music using an ARP 2500 studio synthesizer and “prepared piano”. He earned his B.S. degree in Music Theory & Compostition in Feb. 1976. Ball State University Singers “SPECTACULAR ‘72” annual music extravaganza, before a sell out crowds of 3200 people each show, featured songs of well known American composers. John David was invited to be the only student composer to perform his own composition. “DEATH of ROCK and ROLL”, which he composed at age 19. This complex classical rock song featured 24 University Singers dressed in black, singing with fantastic choreography on front center stage. Behind them, John David played a Steinway concert grand piano while also directing a ten member rock band, including piano, trumpets, flugelhorn, alto sax, clarinet, bass guitar, drums and Farfisa organ. While the composition was being performed, a dramatic light show was projected on the auditorium side walls and ceiling, along with pulsating strobe lights lighting the Singers. A brass choir in a rear balcony played a postlude exit music also composed by John David (“Chant for Orchestra”). The Ball State Daily News reviewer said the “Death of Rock and Roll” final act was out of this world and left the audience spellbound!
John David Thomas has written original music in many styles including Top 40 rock, disco, progressive rock, classical rock, love songs, New Age, World Music, jazz, jazz rock, sacred, classical, chamber music and solo piano, contemporary music and electronic music. He has recorded 11 CD albums since 1992, with him as solo artist on JDT Records, with 10 of the CDs being his original music compositions. Much of his new music as well as his classics, are online on the Internet (see websites). His music has been on major FM rock radio stations in Indianapolis and Muncie, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.
My college music teacher Prof. Hoose used your examples to show how intra audible effects/feelings/moods/societal alteration can be acheived through music composition. What a surprise, and a blessing to have the opportunity to tell you directly that I love your work and appreciate what your music does.
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