Composer’s statement about his connection to music
Back in my twenties, academic interests and then career opportunities took me from studies in chemistry and work with a major oil company in Belgium, to enrolling in an MBA program at a major US university, on to international finance in Africa.
I ended up being conflicted by the coexistence of affluence and poverty. With the oppressed poor and their hurt leaders I used words of hope to show empathy. Further reflection led me to the desire to be more practical and to talk about those conflicts with our own youth at home. So, I became a teacher of international business at a university in Michigan.
Still more introspection led me to believe that expressing feelings through the arts – without words – may be a primal but effective way to communicate important feelings. At 46, I enrolled in a School of Music and learned the difficult language of communication through composition.
For more than twenty five years I have tried to share in music the view that generosity of the heart is essential for the betterment of mankind and that this emotional connection can be stimulated through thoughtful art.
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