Finding Serenity In Queens: The D.D. Jackson InterviewD.D. Jackson talks about his new CD Serenty Song, living in NewYork and the soundtrack to Grease.
By Jim Dupuis
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JD: Today I am speaking with D.D. Jackson, who, I believe, is in Queens, N.Y. Is that correct D.D.?
DD: Yes, I like to call it New York City because it sounds hipper. But it is technically part of New York for sure.
JD: Let’s start off with asking you a few things about your background. When did you first start taking music lessons?
DD: I started playing music of various sorts when I was about two or three, but I guess you could say I started taking formal lessons when I was about six years old or so.
JD: Were either of your parents musicians?
DD: No, my mother was actually very musically inclined, and my father, I still don’t know if technically he is tone deaf, because I’ve never heard him actually try to sing, but certainly he has always been a big fan of music. My mother would play piano, once we got the piano, around the house and she would sing to us. Both of my parents would play classical music to me, when we were falling asleep when we were toddlers. So, all of that had a great influence on me. We also actually played recorder, together, because it was a very good instrument to get started on as a family.
JD: It seems that a lot of people got started with the recorder. I talked to Bill Runge, the sax and bass player out of Vancouver, and he said that it was the way that he got started, too, on the recorder.
DD: Ya, ya. I wonder some time about technology and how that’s going to affect things. I actually have my first baby on the way in a couple of months--
DD: Thank you. I’m sort of obsessing over these electronically oriented musical devices and wondering if about the same sort of exposure that I had which really forced me to be visceral with the instrument and try things out, if that’s really become changed by these heightened primary coloured push button devices where everything seems to be done for you. It will be interesting to see how that works out.
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