Lyle Had­lock, lo­cal pian­ist shares story

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Lyle Had­lock

I have a great love of mu­sic and shar­ing it with oth­ers. It all started, as a lit­tle boy of three years, when I use to stand by the piano and lis­ten to my mother play all of the old stan­dards dance songs from the turn of the last cen­tury. Spring­time in the Rock­ies, and My Wild Ir­ish Rose, just to name a cou­ple. I be­came fa­mil­iar with the catchy melodies and started pick­ing them out with one fin­ger on the piano, or play­ing along with mom on the top hand as she was play­ing a rag­time sort of style that was her own.

Very soon, I started learn­ing to play with a rudi­men­tary bot­tom hand to ac­com­pany my right handed melodies and then ev­ery­thing sort of evolved from there, as my ear ma­tured and de­vel­oped. Over the years, I went on to mimic the piano play­ing style of my mother Reta Had­lock, that was very much loved and danced to by thou­sands of peo­ple over the many decades that mom had her lit­tle band.

My brother Leo, four years my se­nior, when en­ter­ing Jr. High­school, wanted to play the clar­inet in 7th grade band. He dropped out of band half­way through the school year. The clar­inet sat on the shelf at home. When I was about to en­ter Jr. High­school, five years later, I wanted to learn to play it. So I started play­ing the clar­inet and two years later picked up the Tenor Sax­o­phone as well. Af­ter start­ing to play the Sax, I be­gan sit­ting in with my mom’s lit­tle dance combo play­ing the same melodies on these in­stru­ments in live dance sit­u­a­tions that I had been play­ing on the piano at age three. These Jr. High and High School years would be­come my train­ing ground and foun­da­tion for many years to come.

I en­listed in the Marines and be­came a bands­man. I was get­ting paid to play the clar­inet, sax­o­phone and piano, three things that I re­ally loved. Later on, I be­came mom’s oc­ca­sional sub­sti­tute on the piano in her combo and later af­ter her death the of­fi­cial piano player of her band for a seven year stint.

Mu­sic is an in­her­ent part of my life. It has bought me much sat­is­fac­tion in be­ing able to bless oth­ers lives with some­thing that has been so much a part of me for 50 years.

Serve Daily sum­mits Mt. Tim­pano­gos! Von Isaman of Salem stands atop of 11,752 foot Timp on July 1. Von, with his brother-in-law Ben Bakker, son Bren­dan Bakker both of Span­ish Fork, and Ben’s friend and work as­so­ciate Jake Moore of Springville coursed the many springs, streams, snow fields and wa­ter­falls as they hiked the forested, mead­owed and rocky cragged trail. The hike was prepara­tory for Ben and Jake as they soon will be travers­ing Mt. Whit­ney in Cal­i­for­nia. Bren­dan pro­vided the hike’s youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance, while Von kept the mole skin handy. Serve Daily is a great pub­li­ca­tion and it’s sup­port of com­mu­nity events is ap­pre­ci­ated.

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