John Gribble

John Gribble

At 68, I'm a junior-grade geezer, not yet retired, but slowing down. I studied music and music therapy formally. I also have degrees in English, including a MFA in writing. I taught guitar and related instruments, and worked in music retailing in Southern California for 25 years. My main instrument for the last few years has been fretless clawhammer banjo. I am also a writer, a publishing poet and translator. I have lived in Japan with my wife Miwako since 1993, where I teach English and related subjects, mostly at the university level. I also help organize a couple writers groups and the annual Japan Writers Conference. I have been fascinated by the theremin and its playing technique since I was but a lad, when I saw it on the 1950s TV show "You Asked For It." As electronic instruments became more common in the 60s and 70s, I was interested but didn't have the money nor the technical leanings to get involved. Nor did I care for much of the music I heard. A couple years ago a friend gave me a copy of "Clara Rockmore's Lost Theremin Album." I figured this was just a "Barking Dogs"-type novelty album and set it aside. But when I finally did put it on, I was amazed by the woman's artistry. I listen to it often, not because it is a theremin album, but because it is a wonderful music performance. It led me to pick and read the Glinsky biography of Theremin. And after another listen a couple weeks ago, I decided to go online and find out what’s happening in the theremin world these days. That’s how I found Theremin World and through it Burns Theremins. After Kathy Burns patiently answered my several nervous questions, I ordered my first instrument last week. It is supposed to be delivered today between noon and 2:00. It is now 11:11. I’m excited.

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