“Keys, Strings & Other Things” live music series presents its 2013 fall show, featuring pianist Philip Wesley.
The show is 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Danville, 95 N. Jefferson St. While the show is held in a church building, it is in no way intended to promote any particular religious point of view.
The road to the piano for Wesley has not been a straight path. Born and raised in St. Louis, Wesley was an avid fan of music during his youth, but surprisingly did not begin playing an instrument until the age of 16 when he received a guitar for Christmas. He taught himself to read and write guitar tablature and became a proficient guitarist; but that was not to be his instrument of choice.
When Wesley entered college a few years later, he decided to major in music therapy. During his studies of music and music theory, he was introduced to the solo piano music of David Lanz and was instantly mesmerized by it. At the age of 20, Wesley began his long relationship with the piano.
“People hear that I didn’t start playing the piano until age 20 and they are almost always amazed,” he said in a press release. “I tell people that it’s not too late to learn something new. When you have the drive, the passion, the dedication, and the curiosity to learn something, new doors will open for you.”
Upon graduation from college, Wesley worked as a board certified psychiatric music therapist for nearly 10 years. During that time he began writing his own soulful piano music, developing his musical voice, and subsequently releasing his albums. To date he has released six albums of solo piano music including “Dark Night of the Soul,” which reached No. 1 in his genre. This album continues to be one of the best-selling albums on CD Baby.