An Exclusive Interview With Ghramae(Grey-Me) Johnson
Q: How do you shut things out?
Ans: Interes-ng ques-on. I have been a student and teacher of self development and spirituality for a long-me now. I have been blessed to have authored a bestselling book about developing a successful mindset, using psychological principles and tools. Teaching over 7,000 enrolled students within my online Life mastery course, and coaching countless individuals on a 1 to 1 basis. Coupled with undertaking over 2 decades of self internal development and medita-on work. I now ﬁnd it second nature to shut the unnecessary out and become absorbed in the present moment of life. In fact, quie-ng the noise so I can ﬂow with the natural innate -ming of the life is what I call home. For over 20 years I’ve prac-sed making my way home, that is to become more present, rather than being distracted by something the past or future.
Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?
Ans : Surprisingly easy, most of the -me. I play the piano everyday, I call it my ‘Music medita-on -me’. It’s a -me were I totally engage the heart, immerse myself into the moment and allow everything I do, feel and hear to make perfect sense. Every sound, vibra-on and even mistakes say something important and I respond. It’s as if the more I let go, I am allowing the musical story to be told through my ﬁngers.
Q: What’s your advice you live by?
Ans: ‘EVERYTHING IS A LESSON IN LOVE’ It’s a quote I made up that really sums up how I view the purpose of life. It’s my mo[o and my life theme. It’s actually the -tle of a book I’m bringing out shortly.
Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?
Ans: In short, It’s Relaxa-on Piano-based Music. Although I like the descrip-on ‘piano-based classical soul with orchestral drama’.
Q:You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspira1on from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
ANS: I draw inspira-on from experiences, people, rela-onships and internal emo-ons. For example, Forever Yours is a song I composed inﬂuenced by the love I have fro my mother. As I was playing and crea-ng I was driven by the emo-ons that were generated from the interac-ons and the memories that were replaying in my mind
Q:When and why did you start playing?
ANS: I literally stumbled into it. I was walking passed a grand looking conference hall with a beau-ful piano inside. The door was open and no one to be seen. I wondered inside and started to inves-gate this amazing looking piece of furniture. I eventually sat down, raised the lid and started pressing down the keys. I was like a child with a new toy, I was hooked.
It took me about 10 years a_er to buy a piano and start teaching myself to play. It wasn’t a smooth, steady
Some-mes I want to express myself fully and unrestrictedly. Si`ng at the piano and communica-ng through it, is a great way to pour out access emo-onal energy.
Q: What was the ﬁrst tune(s) you learned?
Ans: I have never played another person’s song. Now I’m not saying that’s a good or bad thing, it’s what it is. I learned by messing about in a trial and error manner. I never got into learning a famous song or a[empted to play my favourites. Funny that 🙂
Q: Is your family musical?
Ans: This is the ﬁrst -me I’ve actually thought about that. Vernon Reid, the famous guitarist of ‘Living Colour’ fame, is a cousin whom I’ve never met. Named as the No.66 greatest guitarist ever by the Rolling Stones Magazine.
I also have a cousin called Nigel, a great singer who tours Europe singing so_ reggae.
Q:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
Ans: The only -me I’ve performed in public is when I booked into a luxury health hotel in Marbella, Spain (I know, it was new for me too). It was an amazing and beau-ful place, the absolute epitome of tranquility. Anyway, they have two gorgeous grand pianos in two loca-on within the grounds. Before long I was asked to play everyday for the 2 weeks I was there, large groups would come especially to listen.
Q: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Ans: I would say, music is a gi_ from your heart to others. It’s an organic expression of who you are in essence. Perfec-on should be deﬁned as the unique, one-oﬀ expression that can only come from you. Of course we should prac-se, repeat and learn our cra_ well, however, we can focus too much on ge`ng everything ‘just right’ rather than le`ng go of that sterile and rigid goal, freeing yourself to ﬂow organically in the moment.
Q: How oXen and for how long do you prac1ce?
Ans: I prac-se everyday, although I don’t see it as prac-se. I call those session ‘music medita-ons’. It’s a -me I can express, create, communicate and switch of from all logic. I allow myself to explore, and discover myself, leading me to discover everything else.
Q:How do you balance your music with other obliga1ons – mate, children, job?
Ans: I ﬁrst see music as a vital part of my life’s balance. I know that it’s more than a nice thing to do, it’s meets fundamental needs and core desires. Thus allowing me to show up fully in life. Aligning me, so I can give more, do more and be more.
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