Whatever this "music" thing is... it is at the very core of my being

 

My Past

My paternal grandmother, in her younger days, was a trained concert pianist
I'm told that (w/o prompting) I began to plink-out one finger melodies when I was about 2 years old
My parents bought an old (but usable) upright and I began formal piano lessons at the age of 6
I DETESTED practicing all of that classical music - and struck a deal to stop just before turning 13... once lessons ceased - and I began playing for myself -
I improved dramatically
In early '72, I discovered Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer (at the ripe old age of 14) - and, to this very day, "Emo" has been the single biggest musical influence in my life... both in my style of playing and in my overall musical preferences
David as a 91.7 KTRU-FM DJ (Rice University)
In college, I spent a great deal of time working as a DJ - at our alternative rock-format station KTRU-FM 91.7.  Over the years I've had many professional DJs tell me I should've considered doing it for a living... but it really wasn't what I wanted as my chosen avocation.  I wanted to play music live, not on the radio!
I tried working as a professional musician once out of college - but after starving for a year-and-a-half, and fed-up with my complete inability to attract like-minded, competent players, I shelved that idea and became a studio photograher... but continued playing to keep my chops
David rockin-out on his first synthesizer - the PolyMoog
 
David had quite the affection for his first synthesizer - the PolyMoog
After a couple of years of having babies regularly puking on me, I grew tired of photography - and gave Commercial Insurance a whirl.  It can be deadly dull, but the money is good... which, over the years, has let me indulge (quite nicely, thank you) my yen for keyboards
Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Handprints in Los Angeles
After visiting the Hollywood Rockwalk on one of my first visits to Southern California, I discovered that Keith's hands and mine are exactly the same size and shape - it was one of those eerie  "Twilight Zone" moments!
In late 2005, I "met-up" with a couple of gents online whom I've been recording-with ever since - we call our online collaboration (because we record in distant isolation from one another) "EMP"
In late 2006, I entered Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Wizards In Winter" contest - and won in the keyboard category (I donated the prize - an 88-key Korg Triton Extreme - to the local high school)
In early 2007, I attended the Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp (in Hollywood) - not only was it an incredible experience, I also made friends with many of the professionals in attendance
 

My Present

To the left, from top-to-bottom...

Moog Voyager (the Electric Blue model - although mine is a limited edition of only thirty that was built with traditional wood framing and the iridescent electric-blue control panel)
Studiologic TMK-88 MIDI Controller (plus a generic sustain pedal)
Kurzweil PC2X 88-note Performance Controller with Orchestral ROM
All mounted on a Standtastic 103KSB Triple-Tier Keyboard Stand
Rack-mounted underneath is a Korg Triton Module with EXB-MOSS and a Roland Edirol UM880 MIDI Interface/Patcher (so I can MIDI everything into everything w/o the need for unplugging / replugging patch cords)
On the floor, underneath, is a variety of manufacturer volume, program change, and sustain pedals
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In the center, from top-to-bottom...

Samson Zoom H4 MultiTrack Digital Recorder (mainly for recording my acoustic grand piano and for bootlegging concerts)
M-Audio Keystation 61es (that, while MIDI'd to all of the other keyboards, is primarily used to control the Arturia V-Collection running on my MacBook computer - perched-atop a Bili Laptop Stand)
All mounted on an On Stage Deluxe 2-Tier Keyboard Stand
On the floor, underneath, is a variety of manufacturer volume, program change, and sustain pedals
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On the right, from top-to-bottom...

Roland A-37 76-note MIDI Controller (controlling, primarily, a second Korg Triton Rack Module with EXB-MOSS that is stored underneath in a travel bag)
On the floor, underneath, is a variety of manufacturer volume, program change, and sustain pedals
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For mix and amplification...

Two Roland KC-550 Keyboard Amplifiers running in stereo
Two Behringer Xenyx 1002 submixers (roughly, for each half described above)
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For long-distance playing (when I don't want to take any of the above*)...

Studiologic TMK-88 MIDI Controller (plus a generic sustain pedal)
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*I do have ATA-rated road cases for most of my other keyboards, but only use them when moving or very occasional local transport!
 

And, for practice and the most joy & fulfillment...

1995 Young Chang G157 Polished Ebony Baby Grand Piano
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David plays...

 
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David Presley seated at his Baby Grand Piano
David highly recommends that you buy Keith Emerson's latest CD!
 

My Future

What does the future hold?

Who knows?  Maybe - musically - I was destined to be a late-bloomer! :)
   
 

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