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The Music We Carry With Us: Listener Peter Bullock

Peter Bullock's grandfather, William Bullock. Courtesy of Peter Bullock

Retired Archaeologist Peter Bullock may not be excavating ancient remains anymore, but he says his voyage of discovery continues through music.

"As an archaeologist, I was interested in exploring and discovery," he says. "I think if you're exposed to different kinds of music, it makes you appreciate quite a range [of music] than maybe you normally would."

Peter Bullock attributes his appreciation for European classical music to his grandfather, William Bullock. William was an apprenticed music engraver and World War I veteran from Gloucester, England.

William was unable to find work as a music engraver after World War I, so he emigrated to the United States. He found work with McKinney Music, Inc. in Chicago, where he settled down and had a family.

According to Peter's father, William Bullock fell in love with French music while serving in World War I. He was particularly fond of Bizet's opera, "The Pearl Fishers."

Peter says music was his voyage of discovery from a young age, and encourages others to stay open-minded about their own musical journeys.

"I'm not bound by convention, or limited by locale or upbringing," he says. "Both of my parents were poor, but you didn't have to be limited by being poor. You could still accept more of the world that was out there, and part of that is through music."

One Response to The Music We Carry With Us: Listener Peter Bullock

  1. Joy Saunders says:

    thank you so very much for the Beethoven week, He is my most loved and favorite composer of them all. I could listen to his music 24/7

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