A Little Bit About Me

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In today’s post, I wanted to give you a little bit of information about myself.  A little bit of my history in piano, and just a few personal things I thought you would like to know.  So, let’s get started!

I started taking piano lessons at the age of 6.  I was going to start when I was in Kindergarten but the teacher (my former Pastor’s wife) thought it would be best for me if I waited a little bit longer until the next year and then I would definitely be ready.  I am so glad that I did.  Every since I started taking lessons on day 1, (now 25 years old) I’ve never looked back with regret.  Now there was  a time when I wanted to stop so bad and my parents would not let me stop.  I am so glad they didn’t.  If it wasn’t for their encouragement and the support of others as well, I most likely would not be doing what I am doing now and be where I am at today.

Following the leading of the Holy Spirit, I left my home church, Berean Baptist Church and joined the Lexwin Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, the first Sunday of December in 2014.  At the time when I first joined, I assisted in playing the piano and organ and sang in choir.  I now serve as the Church pianist and I teach piano there also.

Last of all, I like to read, read and  write poetry, take photos, try my hand at drawing, drink coffee and hang out with my friends.  God has given me such an amazing support group and for that I am thankful. It’s the support and encouraging words of friends and family that keep me going.

I thank God for giving me the ability to play the piano.  It is my hope and prayer that I will be a blessing and light to all those who come under the sound of my music.  If I could be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to let me know!

Much Love,

Joshua Harrison

Welcome 2017! New Year, New Goals

 

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Wow!  Where does the time go?  It almost seems as if just a few weeks ago we celebrated New Year’s Eve for 2016, and now, a few weeks later here we are.  It’s 2017.  As I continue to grow older, it seems as if time never slows down but speeds up.  I also realize the fact that I’m not getting any younger either.  I must be a wise steward of the time that God has given to me.  In light of this fact, I want to talk about goals I have set for this year concerning my music.  Some things will have to deal with my personal life, but today I want to mainly concentrate on goals I have for the ministry God has given to me.

Goal # 1 – Practice More… No matter how full my schedule will be I will make the time to practice.  As the saying goes, you will make time for what you love.  As a Church pianist, it’s my job to make that I am well-practiced and to make sure I have enough piano solos in my repertoire to drop and play at any given moment’s notice!  I also personally want to improve my skills at playing the piano.

Goal # 2 – Add 40-50 new songs to my repertoire… I really do not have these goals in any particular order, but in reference to my first goal, this will actually give me something to make sure that I am practicing more.  This is going to help me add both to my sacred and secular repertoire.

Goal # 3 – Record a video every week and upload it the web…This is going to be especially helpful to those who are considering hiring me for their event!  I would like to do this at least every other week if not every week.  This could be new music, or music I already have in my current repertoire.

# 4 – Network with other ministries

# 5 – Complete a 2nd CD

# 6 –  Get at least 15 student s in my studio

# 7 – Take piano lessons again

Some of these are going to take a considerably good amount of effort on my part, but, thank God I do not have to do it alone.   Jesus is going to be right there with me every single step of the way . I eagerly await 2017 to see what this year is going to hold.  I am more excited to share these adventures with you!

These are just a few of the many goals I have for both my music and personally, but, I just thought I would list a few of the main ones for you.

Happy New Years!  May God richly bless you this year, 2017