Ritchie’s Newsletter – March 2018
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Influences in music for me started when I was a youngster around the era of the 60’s – music has always been part of my life. I do love it!
I knew music was what I needed to do at an early age – but my early direction was swayed by a necessity to achieve a conservative profession to sustain a desirable living.
Aviation was the industry I chose. I am an Avionics Licenced Engineer and Commercial Pilot/Fight Instructor, currently still work in the aviation maintenance field, as a field engineer and consultant.
The involvement in this aviation area can make it difficult to semi-retire!
My professional work has carried me to many corners of the world – having a strong creative desire had motivated me to travel extensively.
Indeed extensive travel is invariably a strong desire for most artists.
About 10 years ago I intuitively sensed the need to do some formal musical study. Taking a sabbatical from aviation to complete a Music Diploma at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga, New Zealand, I discovered that the formal music study was invaluable.
I have many tutors and mentors from the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic to thank. They provided a strong catalyst enabling me to release my creativity.
As a major turning point in my life – it was also the time I met and married my wife Paula!
I have since written over 30 songs, which I will commence releasing from next month – so stay tuned!
My next Newsletter will describe my inspiration of my song: CNR CAFE GIRL – and how it came to be related to my aviation field.
Alternate bi-weekly Newsletters will have themes that relate to music in general and also to myself.
So as a footnote, and theme, to this inaugural Newsletter, starting from the very beginning, many people over the years have asked me:
Where does music come from?
The answer is simple – music comes from THE UNIVERSE.
We sang before we could speak – our voices sang a musical tune when our vocal cords first created sounds.
We all can sing – anytime we wish.
All composers are essentially a channel for music originating from the depths of the Universe.