Yes, I am married ! .......to the very lovely Kathy [ nee: Humpage ]...... in 1981.....and yes, We have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls......all grown up now
...........I have two Grandsons and 2 Grand daughters so far!
I started out taking piano lessons when I was a child. My parents sent my sister, my brother and me for private piano lessons. The one piano we had was always going at home as someone was always practising. My mum and dad liked to play the piano too. I went for classical piano lessons for 7 years , starting in 1960. My older brother seemed to have a nack for picking out keyboard parts from records by ear and would show them to me .As life went on I learned by listening to recordings of other players .
I think of my time in the 1970's recording an album with a 5 piece band at Toronto Sound Studios with professional producers and engineers as my 3rd or 4 th year of a university degree. While a lot of my friends were getting post educational credits at University or college , I was on the road and in the studio learning my trade. ie. songwriting , sound production, and live performance.
Now I see myself as a 'Pioneer ' in 'One Man Band" writing and recording. Multi track recording is quite new compared to the time of the beatles, stones , etc where 4 tracks was the norm. 50 years ago one couldn't do what I do now with my home studio so I am really at the forefront of this musical recording and writing era.
Yes, I do ... I have worked at other jobs in the past but always come back to music . ...Jobs I had were : dishwasher, garbage man, truck driver, electrician, house painter and saleman [sold pianos, appliances, real estate and typewriters]....
Yes, I have a great band , a drummer , a bass player , a sax player and a few guitar players that I work with . We have played at the local venues around town and play Weddings
I actually had to "find ' my voice. There was something there but I had to develop it. I learned mostly by imitating records....I didn't know my range or what keys I should be singing in . I remember going to parties and playing the guitar. I would sing parts of songs like a chorus and I could hear that some of what I was doing sounded good ..I thought maybe I could really sing someday .The first bands I got into, I sang back up vocals. I was very nervous about it .I do remember putting in a lot of time rehearsing with bands and then the lead singer would quit so I decided to build up my own songlist of cover tunes. Some of the singers I backed up didn't seem that good and I thought " hey I can do this ! " I listened to my audience and what they clapped for , kept singing those songs and became a lead singer/front man......a long difficult trip but I'm happy with it now .....singing seems natural and comfortable now!
Piano, organ, keyboards, guitar, drums, and a bit of harmonica. I have my own Pro tools home recording studio as well .
Since the internet came out , I've been able to "google "many names . Doug Smith is a very common name and there are quite a few in the music business on the internet . I decided to find a last name that was different and couldn't find anyone famous using the last name "Voice " so in Oct. 2007 I released a music cd called "I"ve come a long way " by Doug Voice ...and use that name now ... So far I've had a good response.................
for interest sake here are some people who changed they're names:
DAVID BOWIE - DAVID ROBERT JONES .CONWAY TWITTY - HAROLD LLOYD JENKINS
TOM JONES - THOMAS WOODWORD .SHANIA TWAIN - EILLEEN EDWARDS
ELTON JOHN - REGINALD DWIGHT .JOHN WAYNE - MARION MORRISON
AL JOLSON - ASA YOELSON .JONI MITCHELL - ROBERTA JOAN ANDERSON
ELVIS COSTELLO - DECLAN MCMANUS . ALICE COOPER - VINCENT FURNIER
PAT BENATAR - PATRICA ANDREJEWSKI .TONY BENNETT - ANTHONY BENEDETTO
AND HUNDREDS MORE..........
I'm am ampidextrious. I can play the piano with Both hands! LOL
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I joined in 1980 when I was 28 years old. Some people refer to this church as the "Mormons" , a nick name as we read and believe in a book called the "Book of Mormon." I believe in the Bible as well as long as it's translated correctly. amen.
the lyrics are on this website, just go to the menu on the left hand side , click on "LYRICS"
The AM radio was the first music I heard as an infant in the early 1950's which was mostly country music and early Elvis..... My father sang and played the Harmonica around the house...My mom played violin and piano and conducted choirs at school.
At the age of 8. I started classical piano lessons and went for 7 years so heard and played lots of Classical music: Bach ,Beethovan ,Chopin ,etc ..My mother played piano and when I was little I would dance around with my sister to her piano playing. I really liked the left hand bass notes she played on the piano....our hands were too small and could reach the octaves yet.
My music teacher had music recitals in her home every year so I played infront of parents and peers. I also played the piano at Bethel Baptist Church usually at Christmas . These were my first 'gigs' in front of an audience......at a very young age ....
My mother brought home the first 2 Beatle albums that came out in Canada . My brother who is three years older than I am , bought the first Rolling Stones album.... I played all these records over and over again ...I really liked the Chuck Berry covers on these albums.. and the drums.
My parents bought my brother a red , Vox Jaguar Organ and amp from J.J.H. Maclean's. When he quit playing in bands I gave them a few dollars and they gave it to me. That was my first portable keyboard that I would use at band practises. My mother drove me the practises with the organ and amp in her car....usually to Wally Shane 's house on Hampton Street . We were called "The Jagged Edge". We played at the Airways Community Club. I think that was my first ever band gig. We also played at the Air force base on Mount Royal. This was 1966 if I'm not mistaken....I played in many , many bands after after that . I had a portable organ and it seemed the phone was always ringing , somebody wanting me to play in their band ........most of the bands were playing "Louie Louie" by the kingsmen , " I'm not your Stepping Stone ' by the monkeys , "Mustang Sally" , and songs by the Animals.
I had a few 45's [ recordings ] . one I played alot was Psychotic reaction by Count Five , "Your Pushing too Hard" and "Can't Seem to Make You Mine" by The Seeds........,most of the Dave Clark Five singles......."I Can See for Miles" by The Who......"Baby Please Don't Go" by Them ......also The Kinks album
I had the first 2 Led Zepplin albums and played the drums in the basement to them .........I like to fool around on the guitar and imitate Santana and Jimi Hendrix but didn't sound anything like them! The first acoustic guitar song I remember playing was "Gloria" by Them [Van Morrison ] ...3 chords over and over till the fingers bleed!! ......somebody showed me "George Harrison's riff for 'Day Tripper' by the Beatles and then I figured I was pretty hot then !!
In the 70's I had BTO's "Takin Care of Business" , Stones "Honky Tonk Women" , and Bob Seegar "Ramblin Gamblin Man" on 45's RPM records. and played them over and over again.