Meet Keith Wilkinson

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Keith Wilkinson is originally from Middletown, Ohio. He is an optician and optical lab technician with over 20 years’ experience working in many areas of the optical field, from doctor’s offices to wholesale labs. Keith found the optical field very challenging and it satisfied his love of working with his hands and the technical aspects of lens fabrication. He found working in the doctor’s office setting the most interesting area of the optical field because it allowed him to discover how the eye treatments was done and how the more complicated lenses worked.

After moving to Atlanta Georgia 7 years ago for better opportunities and to continue his education, Keith attended Georgia Perimeter College and Kennesaw State University. There he majored in music history, jazz history, and art history. But music history, particularly jazz history, was a major interest of Keith’s. His main passion was the classic era of jazz the 40s, 50s, and 60s along with the fusion of the 70s and 80s. He also has an in-depth knowledge of many of the major jazz musicians of that time such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie Charlie Parker and many other great jazz musicians of that era. He acquired the love of music at a very young age from his mother and father who would play many different genres of music which also included jazz. He found jazz the most fascinating of all the musical genres. It intrigued him how the artist would create a song that would tell a story, or how the musicians would play a certain phrase or have a conversation with other musicians when playing together. He was fascinated with how the musicians composed their music, who they collaborated with, and the musician’s personal stories and histories.

Keith’s range of interests is not limited to just music, he also has a keen interest in wildlife, nature and animal behavior in general. As a youth, Keith would spend his summers exploring the local forests and creeks near his home in Middletown watching all the different species of birds. Keith would spend hours wading in the creek fishing and catching the different species of fish and reptiles. He learned first-hand the names and behaviors of many local species of wildlife and he can still recall many today. He still has a great love for wildlife and nature. Keith, now residing in Atlanta ga.

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