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Bio music .. John Luckey

For me music is like magic. I don’t really understand how I create it. I started playing my family’s old upright piano when I was 10 years old. I recall simply playing around on the keys, even from the beginning. I didn’t seem to have a lot of interest in the piano other than to “play around”. I wasn’t interested in learning how to play, at least not from others.

My father, Robert Luckey, also had a natural inclination towards the piano and could play very elaborate musical pieces completely by “ear”. He also was not trained. Stories I heard about my grandfather were similar. His instrument of choice was the violin.

My father mostly played music that he had heard. I, on the other hand, remember being a bit bored doing that and tended to make up my own music. I did try to take a lesson, but my compulsion was to change everything I learned to make it my own. This, naturally, made it frustrating for my teachers. I could already play somewhat elaborate pieces by ear so the lessons seemed a bit pointless. Music is about “passion”. I never heard about it this way that is what it always seemed from my young perspective. I was creating music almost from my first touch of the keys. It really did seem simple and for the most part effortless.

So the years go by. I continue to find opportunities to play but also many years go by were I don’t play at all. For me, playing was mostly a way to lose myself into a world of sound. It was a way to separate myself from the struggles of everyday life.

The piano, over time, eventually turned into a musical electronic keyboard/synthesizer. This, I found, had even more potential for expression as compared to single dimensional piano.

Now as the decades have come and gone. I have discovered, at long last, that my music is unique. I now believe that my natural inclination to create music should be shared. I am still not formally trained but my self-training has given me an understanding of my own ability to create. Nearly all of my music is created in a single sitting, as improvisation. For me, music is still a little like magic

Album #2 in the works..Very Different


Well after a few years developing In The Moment… I have started working on a different kind of music process for the next one. In the first I depended on improvisation and then fine tuning. In this one it is going to be a vocal track with singing … This requires much more of a plan because singing and playing together needs to be coordinated and pure improv is not possible throughout. I still start with a improv type of inspiration… but then make a plan and finalize the song. I am going to be looking for collaborators as well.. Possible with additional vocals and instruments. I currently have about 8 of a possible 15 song CD in the works..

Why new Cd called, Beyond The Moment

front-cover (1)2016
Why the Title: In the Moment?
The music in this CD all came from a process that I call musical imagery. I can often see visual images as sounds, unseen to others, as I play. All of my pieces are created through an improvisational moment. My feelings in sound and mood can effect what I create. It is purely instinctual and not conceived in technical ways. In some cases it comes out like a musical image or story, such as with Far Journey and Loftiness. Other times it comes more from a feeling or reflection in which I simply lose myself in subtle quiet sound, like with Starlight or Unity. My pieces Winter Turns to Spring and Ode to a Creation were both created completely as audio recording and are compete improvisations created in the moment you hear, with no editing. Other pieces were created in Midi and given some minor edits using software. (to help with a slip of the finger)  I would then send these pieces to my collaborative partner, Jarome Matthews in Beijing. He would graciously enhance a moment or create additional instruments using the same midi notes I provided. Not all of my pieces were perfect, so Jerome’s expertise had an impact on bringing many pieces up to professional recording standards.  Jerome Matthews contributions to these pieces has been significant. His own interpretations of the sound I created have made many of these pieces better more complete and meaningful. Jarome Matthews has, in fact, been a grand contributor to this musical endeavor. Also special thanks to Duncan Fitzgerald for his wonderful cover photo.