In 1986, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released a cassette titled Keyboard Fantasies. Recorded in an Atari-powered home-studio, it featured seven tracks of a curious folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realized far before its time. Three decades on, the musician began to receive emails from people across the world, thanking him for the music they’d recently discovered. Courtesy of a rare-record collector in Japan, a reissue of Keyboard Fantasies found its audience two generations down the line. Glenn-Copeland tells his story in his own words—of growing up as a Black trans man, and of his deep passion for music, his search for love, and his passion for reaching younger generations. Keyboard Fantasies is a joyful ode to the power of music, a warm embrace of cross-generational connections, and a celebration of the power that comes with being true to oneself.
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