Best of Tom Pitschka
My Story... As a child about 7 years old, my parents had me take piano lessons. This lasted for a couple of years. When we had recitals, my mind would freeze up. I mean it was a total blank. It was like I had never seen a piano before. Then there was the practicing. When I think back, my folks probably couldn't even afford it as all four of us kids were taking lessons at the same time. Life goes on. I bought my first guitar (an Acoustic) when I was 17. Another problem: how do you play it?? I bought my 2nd guitar when I was 20. (A solid body electric.) Now what? I bought several books, took a couple guitar lessons, didn't practice, but did manage to learn some bar chords which I still use today. To this day my guitar skills are minimal but good enough to get me by. The first paying gig I had netted me a pail of fish. I was overwhelmed- I actually got paid for performing. The next place I played at, free of course, they told me not to come back as I wasn't helping business any. I was determined. Can't give up now I told myself. I always wanted to be a singer, but not liking group singing such as church choir or high school chorus. Years went by with no interest in performing until 5 years ago when my son Tony was selling one of his guitars. Tony, also musically inclined, writes and sings Gospel Music and has a CD called "I Gotta Get Back" I started writing down old songs I used to know and sing and practicing became a hobby. When that wasn't good enough, I started playing wherever they would hire me. I've been playing here and there and at local retirement homes for the residents ever since. It's amazing what drives a person... I decided to cut an album titled "UNREHEARSED" which consisted of old favorites. Recording of the CD was performed at Northern Heart Music. Piano accompaniment by Keith Martinson, owner of Northern Heart Music in Alexandria, MN. My son Tony suggested I try writing my own songs. So I did. The first song was "The Treasure", (which became the title of the CD) then "The Song with Minors," "Don't Wait for Me," "Look to Jesus", "Who Is This Jesus", "On the Cross" (which actually became the chorus for "Look to Jesus") I then decided to add one of Tony's songs ("Just For You and Me") and then finishing the CD with some old Gospel favorites. Hope you enjoy my music!