MERLON DEVINE


Testimonial

A good friend of mine, who happens to be a sax player, told me about a guy named Theo Wanne about 5 years ago. He had one of his Tenor pieces on a trial basis. He went on and on about how great they were and how well they helped him to express himself on his horn. I was very intrigued at hearing that. It took me a few years to come around, but I got up the nerve and cash  to get a couple of pieces. I ordered the Soprano GAIA 7 and the Tenor Durga 8. I got them and I could remember everything my friend told me. They were easy to play and responded very well and quickly. The evenness throughout the range of the horn was exceptional as well as the intonation. I have enjoyed these pieces very much.

Biography

I have been a full time professional musician for the last 12 years. I have recorded 5 full-length
CD’s and will be releasing my latest CD entitled “Love Divine” on June 17, 2014. I have traveled
extensively playing music all over the United States and I’ve traveled abroad to Europe, Puerto Rico,
Mexico & Bahamas. I have trips scheduled to Brazil, Africa and Sweden this year. The majority of my
performances are in Houses of Worship. I get to spend a lot of time at my product tables talking with
young musicians and their parents about the gear I use. You can view me live via my website
www.merlondevine.com.
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Inspiration

Why did you choose to become a musician?
When I was 5 years old my mom took me to a concert of a gospel saxophonist. I was mesmerized to see him play this instrument and make such beautiful music with it. I was also intrigued at how everyone really seemed so in tuned with what he was playing. It seemed like the music helped them or made them feel better. I really liked that and wanted to do exactly what I saw him doing.

What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
When I feel connected to the music, it’s like an out-of-body experience. It’s like I’m really not playing but rather being played.

What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
When I don’t feel connected to my music it feels very dry and unpleasant. I really don’t like these moments. They seem so long and laborious. In these times I hardly ever feel a connection to the audience, which is very unpleasant for me.

Where does your inspiration comes from? What does it feel like?
I believe my inspiration comes from my maker, God. I believe HE gave me this talent as a gift to help people that hear me experience a little bit of Himself on Earth. Again, it’s like an out-of-body experience. I’m in control but yielding to His power at the same time. I feel this is when I play my best.

What is your experience while improvising? Does it relate to any spirituality you may practice in your life?
While improvising I feel like I’m releasing encoded thoughts and instructions for the listener. I really believe God talks to people when I play. I believe He helps them to feel better and gives them answers to any situations they may have in their life. I am a Christian and I believe God wants to use everyone on the Earth. I believe He has given each person a gift(s) to use to help the better fulfill that purpose.

Where does your inspiration while composing come from? What is your experience of that inspiration like?
I have spurts of inspiration to compose music. I just have to catch it whenever I might hear or feel that I’m getting a download of material. I believe that God has an unending reservoir of music and creativity and we can tap into whenever we desire. It is the most awesome feeling to compose something that actually impacts someone else. AWESOME!!

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