A great deal of who I am is largely due to my mom. I was on a clear trajectory as a teenager to become the next Joe Satriani or Steve Vai with a twist of Metallica and Iron Maiden. I even had long hair down to my waist and a matching V-Shaped guitar. It was at the height of my metal musical training that we packed our bags and moved to Portugal.
When we arrived she was the one to suggest I enrol in the local classical music school. From that moment my life changed forever. My dreams of becoming the next shredder metalhead were gone and instead replaced with something quite different.
This may sound a little like a complaint but nothing could be further from the truth. The wisdom of my mother made me into the musician I am today.
“...mothers are the first educators, the first mentors; and truly it is the mothers who determine the happiness, the future greatness, the courteous ways and learning and judgement, the understanding and the faith of their little ones.”
It’s thanks to her that I’m able to write and perform songs in a way never before imagined in my unseasoned and youthful mind.
Happy Mother’s Day Nancy Lee Harper. I’m the luckiest son in the world to have such a great and loving mentor.