A Life Informed by Music
In his short six months here, Chuck has already influenced the Walker community through his music. But for Chuck, music is a way to connect with others in the community.
“I think the other people in the community really like it because they're the same age that I am. I'm 88, and I'm playing the songs I loved when I was 20 years old. They were 20 years old at the same time I was. We have a great thing in common. They tell me that all the time.”
Chuck often talks of the people in his life who helped him realize his passion for music. He gives them the credit for keeping his practice at the center of his life.
“I've had three great music teachers in my life. My piano teacher. My orchestra teacher in high school, Dana Carnal, who taught me to play the bass fiddle. And then Fred Schrader, another music teacher in high school. I remember them. I think they had more influence on me than anything or anyone else.”
So did Chuck follow the footsteps of his musical inspirations and teachers? Quite the contrary.
“I had this idea I wanted to be a doctor and help people. So I did that. I call myself the poor man's Albert Schweitzer. He also was a great musician and then he went off to Africa. He became a doctor and spent his life that way. Well, I kind of think I did some of that too. I did a lot of medical work in India, but I was also a musician, and that's what I really enjoyed. Although I had a good time being a doctor too.”