1987 - 2008
Corey first started his musical studies on
piano but later became interested in guitar at
about age 10. His ear has always amazed
me, even as a child. He would sometimes
hear me playing something and stop me to point
out he heard a note or chord that wasn't quite
right. Sometimes, I'd even challenge him
on it but he would end up being right.
After learning a few chords and playing some
typical popular songs that guitarists learn in
the 90's, he heard Jimi Hendrix and wanted to
learn "Little Wing" and "Castles Made of Sand"
- way over his head, or at least I
thought. I taught him both songs the
best I could, and he caught on quickly.
He later became interested in finger picking
and soon began composing his own songs as well
as learning some fairly difficult songs from
some of his favorite composers, like Andrew
York. Corey is diverse and amazes me
with his ear, his two-hand taping skills, and
compositions. I'm so proud of Corey and
know that he will continue to grow musically
and spiritually. I love jamming with him
off the cuff which always makes for some
interesting music. Below is one of my
favorite compositions of his entitled,
wrote the words above on December 8, 2007.
I'm so glad you read them. No one could
have known that you would have lived
3 months more. There are no words in any
language to describe the emptiness within me
after losing you.
I miss you, I love you, and your music and
memory will live in my heart
hearts of many for years to come.
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- Corey Parrish, solo guitar