Hallelujah by L. Cohen, performed by Stephanie Jones & Jakob Schmidt


When I got out of the Army in 1972, having spent my time in purgatory I started school at the local university. I wasn’t much of a student in high school, but 2 years in the Army in 1972, if you live gives you a new perspective on your life. I attended the university on the GI Bill and the university was glad to accept the money and I was accepted as a student. I was a medic in the Army. So when I was discharged, I got a job in a hospital. A state psychiatric hospital. So, I naturally declared for a degree in Psychology.

One of my electives during a summer session was a racquet ball class in the new racquet ball facility that had recently opened for the summer. One of the employees at the facility was a beautiful young woman who befriended me. I was really in love with her. But she had a boyfriend. I don’t recall his name. I do recall her name, but it will not be disclosed in this story.

Her boyfriend and I were the same age, but because I spent time in purgatory and he went to school on graduating from high school, he was a junior at the university and I was a freshman. He was a music major and his instrument was the classical guitar. After I heard him play, I was sold on the idea of learning to play the classical guitar. So I started lessons with an instructor who had graduated with a bachelors degree in music and was now a graduate student. I took lessons from him for three years.

I picked up the technique over the three years, but learning to speed read music was difficult. I was never really able to quickly sight read music. You really have to be able to read music like you read words to improve and become a good classical guitarist.

The two graduate students I took lessons from eventually graduated and moved on to other things. I thought it was time to take a class from the head of the guitar program, so I enrolled in a class.


The music department had an excellent classical guitar program. The head of the program was Mario Abriil. His story is here… At the age of 22 I started the guitar instruction, never in my 22 years having any exposure to music. I progressed in the 3 years and eventually took several private classes from Mario Abril… I am now 70 and no longer play but my exposure to classical guitar made me a life long aficionado of the classical guitar. A link to Mario playing the guitar… sounds of silence was great also… Excellent…