musician

D. L. Keur, flutist, pianist, musician, instrumentalist, zentao music

Conservatory trained throughout my youth on both flute and piano, I retired in my twenties from playing flute on stage, and, other than teaching a few students privately, I didn’t play seriously for years. In fact, I didn’t play again until my husband, Forrest W. Lineberry, asked me to perform with him.

Here are Forrest and I in our first attempt at video recording, playing Goodbye Brick in the Wall, a seque of Pink Floyd’s Goodbye Blue Sky / Another Brick in the Wall Part II arranged by Forrest for plugged-in acoustic guitar and overdriven flute. Our second video attempt is the other video presented here, which is the Kansas piece, Carry On Wayward Son, also arranged by Forrest for switched-on acoustic guitar and electrified flute. The third video was done as a tribute to Chris Cornell of Sound Garden fame after his untimely death this year. Last is Jethro Tull’s Living in the Past.

PERFORMANCE VIDEOS

Video ThumbnailGoodbye Brick in the Wall, zentao music is F. W. Lineberry on guitar and D. L. Keur on overdriven flute
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(The dog in our Goodbye Brick in the Wall video is Laddie, whom I have pictured elsewhere on this site.

Video ThumbnailF. W. Lineberry's arrangement of Carry On Warward Son for electrified flute and guitar
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The cats you catch a glimpse of here and there in our Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son performance are one or the other of our furballs, specifically asthmatic Alecia at the end.)

Video ThumbnailF. W. Lineberry's arrangement of Black Hole Sun for electrified flute and guitar
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My husband Forrest’s arrangement of Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell for electrified flute and guitar.

Video ThumbnailF. W. Lineberry's arrangement of Jethro Tull's Living in the Past for electrified flute and guitar
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My husband Forrest’s arrangement of Jethro Tull’s Living in the Past for electrified flute and guitar. Says Forrest: “You can’t have a flute in the band and not play some Jethro Tull. It just wouldn’t be right. Here’s one of several in our repertoire – our arrangement of “Living in the Past” for electrified flute and acoustic guitar. I use my POG2 for the opening bass line. The rest is just straight guitar. Dawn uses flanger and echo on the flute for the opening theme. The rest is just a lot of breath and attitude to get that Ian Anderson tone.”

AUDIO VIDEOS

Forrest’s arrangement of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters, dedicated to us.
Forrest’s arrangement of The Allman Brother’s In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.
Our performance of Argent’s Hold Your Head Up.
Forrest’s arrangement of Frank Zappa’s The Dog Breath Variations
Forrest’s arrangement of KISS’ Beth
Forrest’s arrangement of Jethro Tull’s Living in the Past
Forrest’s arrangement and tempo choice of Bach’s Siciliano
Forrest’s arrangement of Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son
Forrest’s arrangement of Pink Floyd’s Goodbye Blue Sky / Another Brick in the Wall Part II which we call Goodbye Brick in the Wall
Forrest’s arrangement of Santana’s Oye Como Va for plugged-in flute & acoustic guitar
Forrest’s arrangement of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s Black Hole Sun for plugged-in flute & acoustic guitar

Dawn's Azumi flute

A Followup on 'Dawn's Hands'

The responses have been interesting and mostly positive and supportive. It’s heart-warming when you find out that putting yourself on-the-line, front and center, for public response, nets you a crop of PMs via your website contact forms from people, young and adult, to whom your message holds significance to their own situations.

I think I really had no idea just how much ‘what you look like doing it’ would garner retaliatory remarks from the self-defined ‘beautiful people’ out there, not until we began posting our music videos. I really had no idea how many others had been negatively affected by people responding to their videos.  (People say I don’t get out much, in the real world and on the Net, and, yes, I guess they’re right. 😀 )   Since I posted the “Dawn’s Hands” video and “My Hands” blog post, though, I’ve got a better grasp, I think. These are just a sampling of the positive ones I’ve received via various contact vehicles.

“You answering that flute [expletive removed] has given my daughter new determination to start sharing her flute videos, again. Thank you.”

“I quit posting to [removed] and [removed] because people made fun of me. I still don’t think I will share anymore, but I like that you spoke up for us.”

“I uploaded a video of me playing and it was like I painted hit me on my face. It made me cry. Even my friends sided with them. You made it okay. Thanks for doing that.”

There are a bunch more, but the best, so far, I think, is this one:

“You made me brave again. Maybe it’s okay to be me.”

This comes all because I responded publicly to one of the critical private communications I’ve received about our music videos. I responded because I wanted to address the sheer mean-heartedness. I never wanted to do videos of us playing. That was my husband’s desire. I just enjoyed playing, again. But it all happened. And the Net being what it is, the negativity was bound to come, bringing the desire to retreat back to my safe, text-and-image-only world.

But, why should I be ashamed of me and the parts of me that has brought me success and joy in life? Why should anyone? So I responded, publicly. I wanted it known that, no matter the criticism, nobody, not me, nor anyone else, has to quit just because somebody’s mean. And, on the Net, you can very effectively respond in a way that calls the criticism out without getting into a private flame war and without publicly embarrassing the mean-spirited in front of others. Their anonymity is preserved, but their actions are front and center with public opinion, come what may, to the negative or positive, rendering judgement upon the situation.

I put myself on the line with my My Hands post and its corresponding video, and I’m happy to say that, yes, I think my goal is achieved. That these youngsters as well as the adults who have PM’d to say that my post and video has given them the reinforcement they need to be unashamed of themselves, despite negative feedback, makes it worthwhile.

And, to the person who said, “You’ve got a lot of chutzpah,” yes, I guess I do, and that’s a good thing, I think. 😀


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