Andru Greenwood | Music Composer
BIOGRAPHY PREFACE -
An insatiable search for truth, heritage,
peace within & BEING comfortable with - me.
To understand who I AM I must explain why I AM. No matter how you slice it – it all comes down to genetics. My mother and father fell in love at first sight. They were on a group canoe trip; saw each other and felt an inward “click” immediately. They married (at much protest from both his side and hers) less than four months later. My sister (Brihdet) was born three years later and me – eighteen months after her. At the time of my sisters birth, my mother was finishing up her degree in Molecular Biology and just beginning her research in Genetics. Driven by an instinctual need to be there for her first child – she quit her job and became a stay at home mom.
At first, we seemed like “normal” kids – sweet, smart, funny, and healthy. The real differences emerged when we started school. By the end of my third-grade year, we were taken out of school and after a plethora of testing – we were clinically diagnosed as “Goldies” due to an unusual honeycomb cluster in our DNA.
To be brief, genetically speaking – in order for my sister and me to be in existence that would mean that my mother and fathers genetics would have had to have found each other – like a microscopic needle in a gigantic hay stack. Over a span of a little less than two thousand years – and out of billions of people on earth – this “heirloom” DNA fell in love at first sight. On top of that, it means that my grandparents (on both sides of the spectrum) would have had to have found each other too. That means there’s eight original bloodlines that instinctively re-converged; the Gergovian French heritage of my father’s bloodline, his mothers mtDNA and her mothers mtDNA, and the Marseilles French heritage of my mother’s fathers DNA. It’s fascinating to me that with so much ancient French Celtic DNA running in my veins my mother (before geneticist ever discovered the complexity of our bloodlines) named me Andru after the Druids of Gallia Celtica (now known as Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and the West Bank of the Rhine in Germany). Add to that the vast importance of the Egyptian and Hebrew mtDNA from my mother, and you have – US. If you’re into genetics, archeology, anthropology and the true history of planet Earth, it’s amazing to see that nothing seems to happen by chance. We’re all instruments in this grand orchestra of life.
What does this all mean? Not a whole heck of a lot to most people, but to me and my sister – it explains everything about the complexities of life and the hidden mysteries that make you stare off at a wall for hours. Life isn’t exactly what the masses have been taught; there’s more going on than most dare even imagine.
I say all this because, we are ALL genetically unique on this planet. There’s so many people that I’ve seen in laboratories who want to know genetically who they are and where they come from. There are over 138 different blood types on earth (not just A,B,O as first thought) and tons of mutations on DNA are showing up in labs everyday. Once you see what life truly is (under a microscope) you’ll never again be a fish being taught by an Orthodox environment that you must learn how to climb a tree to “fit in.” Almost everyday I meet a few people my age who have so many unanswered questions (and even more that could care less). These few say they “know something doesn’t feel right out here in this world, but they just can’t put a finger on it.” Well, everything isn’t right, as a matter of fact – the reality you’re being taught is incredibly different than what is truth. I’m not here to give you the answers – I’m still searching too. But, I can say – if you seek truth – you will find it, but be careful – it’s a slippery path filled with lots of purposefully deceptive side roads and “people”. I’ve discovered along my way — YOU have the key within you to know the way; trust your instincts and be wary of anyone who says they have all the answers (they’re full of s#@!). Be ready to change your mind every single day; follow no man – this is a solitary journey, and the path well traveled isn’t the path you should seek (but you should already know that). Most importantly, when there’s a “cure” offered to “lighten your burden” make sure the ones offering to “save” you – aren’t the instigators of your torment A good many of us are on this life quest together and one day soon – we will celebrate our solitary revolution within – together – outwardly.
The journey home
PASSION NEVER ENDS
The flame grows brighter every day.
I had my first piano lesson at the age of five, and to be honest, I couldn’t understand many words my first teacher said. She had an incredibly thick accent, but she smiled a lot! I also remember that I didn’t like practicing! I’d get distracted by my friends riding their bikes past our house. They’d look impatiently up at our Sunroom window – while I practiced the piano. They couldn’t understand why I was wasting good daylight indoors, and mum couldn’t understand why I wanted to play a rough sport like – football!
Musically, I’ve been taught by several notable professors; each one having their individual style. Some of these musical instructors were very proud of their abilities, and it was extremely hard and nerve-wracking to get a tense audition with them. There are some points in my life that I’d re-do when it comes to my musical education. I loved music, but several semesters left me with the feeling that I never wanted to play the piano EVER again! I would tell myself – I was headed to law school after this so just “tough it out” for now.
After I finished at LSU in Classical Piano, I was on my way to enter into a private law project at Harvard. Since Harvard is a research facility, it offers special project classes from time to time and I was fortunate to get invited in. However, I ended up in my families counselor’s office and was strongly urged not to continue with law school, but to go into professional music instead. I was told that law school would always be there, but the door of opportunity for me to have a music career in Louisiana was never better. That was a major cross-road in my life and I’m glad I came back home to Louisiana. Dad helped me build a recording studio while I worked with him in his manufacturing warehouses until I got enough commercial music contracts to stay busy. I have to say that working with my dad has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I can re-build an engine, change tires, electrically wire pretty much anything, plumb out a sink, draw up building plans for governmental permits, and an endless list of other “chores” that will come in handy throughout my life
The most important thing I’ve learned concerning life is that there’s no better education then hands on reality. You can have years of academic education only to discover it means absolutely nothing when it comes down to business, music, people, love, home – life. They can’t teach in school what you ultimately have to learn through trial and error, and throughout life – you have to be willing to experiment a lot! So, here I am . . . composing commercial music for film, advertisement, the video game industry, and I’m working on several personal business projects that may make music just become a “hobby” for me. What’s incredible is – I love every minute of experimenting with what works in life!
Regardless what my future holds, I do like having a director sit in my studio while I’m tweaking the last minute sound effects – screaming, breaking glass – anything that makes a film work; it does feel great to me. It’s a lot of long hours but in the end – the finished product looks and sounds incredible. It leaves me with a great sense of accomplishment that I can rewind over and over again. I also love working in film because, for the most part, there’s this harmonious sense of community on and off set. There’s a lot of money on the line and no time to be wasted on attitude adjustments – “there’s always someone else waiting in the wings to take your place.” I’m all about being a team player and I love the fact that the entertainment industry encourages sincerity and positive attitudes as a priceless asset.
Ultimately, doesn’t it all come down to forming relationships in anything we do? Family, business, seeing a need – filling it, and people being team players – that’s what life is about! It takes brilliant minds coming together in every aspect of existence – a merger of talents to bring about a unique master-piece. We as a people are standing on the cusp of making some beautifully intelligent and wise decisions that can help our world become a more mindful and loving home. David Foster said, “Every little thing that happens to you, good and bad, becomes a little piece of the puzzle of who you become.” I think we’re all pieces of this grand puzzle and through working together, we can become a part of something phenomenal.