Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Good Afternoon! You are visitor # 52 since November 1, 2017!
Lou’s first job as a professional piano player was during the summer following his 16th birthday. He had learned some rudiments of piano playing from a couple of other kids at the school for the blind in St. Augustine, Florida. Lou says, “I literally learned how to play on the job. I joined a 3 piece band that played thirty minutes of square dancing followed by thirty minutes of “ round “dancing. The band consisted of a drummer, a rhythm guitar player/singer and a lead guitar player who doubled on fiddle for the square dancing. My job was to hit a bass note with my left hand followed by a chord in my right hand.
Immediately after graduating from high school on his 17th birthday, Lou got a job with a rockabilly band in Panama City, Florida. For the next two years, Lou then worked six nights a week, six hours a night, from 8 P.M. till 2 A.M. Lou says, “this is when I really learned how to get around on the piano.” This rockabilly band was somewhat unusual in that the band leader would sing in other than the usual sharp keys in which most country music is played. The band also played in some of the flat keys, such as, F and B/flat. Lou says, I distinctly remember playing for the singer/band leader to sing the song Molly Darling in the key of B natural.
Following two years of working six nights a week, Lou was offered a scholarship from the State agency for the Blind to attend college. Shortly after entering University of Florida, lou was hired to play in a seven piece band which played what was then called progressive jazz. Once again, Lou had to learn on the job. The upright bass player would stand next to Lou’s left hand and call out the chords to Lou so that he could back up the four horn players in the band. Lou also played with a couple of country bands while attending college.
After one year of law school, Lou took off a summer and worked a solo job in Jacksonville, Florida. Following that summer, Lou would commute via Greyhound from Gainesville to Jacksonville on weekends where he continued to play various solo and trio jobs.
Although Lou’s primary career was in the law, he kept up his piano skills throughout his law career. Upon retiring from the practice of law in 2006, Lou and his Swedish wife, Maj-Britt, moved to Sweden for seven years. While living in Europe Lou played with a dixieland band for a while in Sweden. He also played solo jobs in Sweden as well as several other countries. Lou says that nowadays, he is happy to play once a week as a volunteer at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Lou says that he has played a few one nighters since returning to Florida in 2014. But, he says he no longer wants the hassle of dealing with bar managers and restaurant owners who have no understanding or knowledge of music. For instance, a restaurant owner will place a party of ten at two tables put together right next to the piano. When the people complain that the music is too loud for them to talk to each other up and down the table, the owner blames the piano player
Lou is very happy now working with and learning from blind musicians friends from all over the U.S. Thanks to these wonderfully helpful folks, Lou now enjoys recording some of his compositions as well as songs of others in his home studio
Listen to Lou on Keyboards
Listen to the songs Lou wrote
Listen toLou's solo piano performances
Listen to Lou's Christmas Music Recordings
Listen to Maj-Britt's music
John Harris's Music
Mark Dew's Music
Marlene Nord's Music