See MP3 Index (below) to listen to and/or download all of Joe's songs.
(May, 2009) Glen Allen, VA -- a suburb outside of Richmond, VA. Joe is married and has four children and four grand kids.
Musical Background: When I was 12, I launched my music career with some free lessons on an accordion. By my senior year in high school, I managed to spend a number of Saturday nights providing dance music in a local bar in one of the Chicago suburbs. But a musical career seemed risky, so I went off to the University of Illinois, then on to graduate school at Cornell University, and then spent four years as an Asst Professor in Economics at Middlebury College, Vermont. In 1974, we moved to Washington DC where I worked as a federal employee until my retirement in 2004. I spent a few years working for General Dynamics before really retiring in 2008 and moving down to the Richmond, VA area.
In the late 70s, my interest in music was rekindled when I discovered the Lowrey Holiday organ. I didn't care for organs much, but the Lowrey could pretend to be all kinds of other instruments, complete with a rhythm accompaniment. That's what I really liked and so I spent several years learning how to play the organ, but eventually job requirements (and computers) took over and the organ sat idle. In my spare time, I became very involved with Atari computers and for 10 years published a magazine (called Current Notes) for fans of this terrific home computer.
In 2000, I happened to stumble upon a "digital piano" and once more, I was hooked. I couldn't wait to get one of those things. I discovered, however, that a keyboard would do everything the digital piano did, but was considerably cheaper. I bought the Yamaha PSR 540 for Christmas 2000 and then spent most of the next year learning to play it and find out what features I wanted in a keyboard. I upgraded to the PSR2000 the following November and then to the 2100 as soon as it was released. Similarly, I moved to the PSR3000 when it was available and then the Tyros2, PSR-S900, and Tyros3. Part of the reason for the regular upgrades is my work in developing and supporting this web site, which now takes up almost all of my "spare" time.
I play primarily for my own enjoyment by sight-reading from fake books. Since I don't normally perform for anyone, I don't work on memorizing songs; I simply flip through my books playing whatever seems interesting. I'm only an amateur player, but when I started the PSR Performer section, I was encouraged to provide some songs, so here they are. I hope you enjoy them. There aren't very many volumes, but I'm always hopeful I'll be able to "catch up" with things some day and be able to record a few more!
You can download all of Joe's MIDI songs here: JW-2k.zip.
Recent songs are in the Jukebox above. The list below includes all of Alex's songs and is arranged alphabetically by song title. Click on the song title to listen to and/or download the song.
Adios (Tyros3) 11/24/2008
Afternoon In Paris (Tyros3) 11/24/2008
Alice In Wonderland (Tyros3) 11/24/2008
All Of You (Tyros3) 11/24/2008
Angel Eyes (Tyros3) 11/24/2008
As Long As He Needs Me (PSR-2000) 2/28/2005
The Nearness Of You (PSR-2000) 2/28/2005
A Sinner Kissed An Angel (PSR-2000) 2/28/2005
There's A Kind Of Hush (PSR-2000) 2/28/2005
These Foolish Things (PSR-2000) 2/28/2005
Till There Was You (PSR-2000) 2/28/2005
Too Late Now (PSR-2000) 2/28/2005
When Sunny Gets Blue (Tyros3) 11/24/2008