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Musician Finds Peaceful Energy in Colorado Springs

Thomas Dawson sits at one of four studios inside his home in Colorado Springs.  Dawson is the musical director for the legendary Commodores. He also is the entertainment director at Springs Orleans restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs.  He regularly played piano for the last eight years until the pandemic struck.  “I miss the interaction of playing for people in restaurants,” he says.  Search homes for sale in Flying Horse Colorado Springs at www.rehava.com

Thomas Dawson arrived in this world with music baked into his soul.

Electric Toy Organ

His mother handed him a small electric toy organ when he was a toddler growing up in St. Francisville, Louisiana. It was December, and he tapped out “O Come All Ye Faithful” without a single lesson.

“She said, ‘How can you do that?’” he says. “I don’t know. It was something that was instinctive. I knew innately how to do it.”

There was never a question about the scope of his life, says Dawson, a Colorado Springs resident. The length and breadth of it would be rich with music.

Possibly you’ve heard of the boy band Dawson’s been a member of for three decades and counting — the Commodores. Yes, the Grammy Award-winning funk and soul Motown band famous for songs such as the played-at-almost- every-wedding-reception-ever “Brick House,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Nightshift,” “Easy” and “Sweet Love.” The group that brewed R&B singer Lionel Richie until he left in 1982 to go solo.

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