Parrots and pianos live long enough to experience human history – my piano has 120 years of birth, death, business twists, war, hard times, and relationship endings
Gebr.Schulz baby grand klavier
By Stephen Pate – My piano has a colorful history. Built by a 120-year-old German company founded with Steinway who survived two World Wars, it was sold to a German Canadian who skipped town without paying.
Updated 3/8/2012 by Christoph Schulz – see end note
He shipped it to Canada and didn’t pay the customs duty in Halifax either. The piano was sold to a musician who traded years later to a music dealer. The dealer jacked the price up and traded it to me while stiffing me for an additional $7 grand. Continue reading →
You might think me slightly crazy but I am enjoying my disability and retirement more than anyone knows
Ten years ago I retired and became disabled more or less at the same moment.
I want to thank the Good Lord who gave me these ten years which have been some of the best of my life. I am still alive, enjoying the experience and learning everyday.
My name is Stephen Pate and I am a workaholic. I became a workaholic after watching my father who was one too. There is little pleasure without work, or at least my brain is wired that way. Continue reading →
Although the City Stages Youth Festival has become a tradition, it is not staid. It’s ever evolving, says Buddan.
“We want to expand the scope of the program to represent multiple musical genres.
“So this summer we invited Stephen Pate to co-ordinate the singer-songwriter series,” says Buddan.
Working with five slots and six musicians, Pate, who is active in the Charlottetown music scene, selected some Island singer-songwriters to be part of the program and then endeavored to give the artists opportunity to perform. Continue reading →