Sergei Khryukin – blind poet and composer. He has had vision problems since birth, but before that he saw at least blurred outlines. Now, at 62, in front of my eyes is either absolute darkness or a bright light. But that did not stop the music lessons. About why he specifically dropped the exams at the music school, the road to the big stage and the characteristics of the song composition, the author told Vsluh.ru.
There is no place for work right now
The light does not come on in the poet’s apartment. He does not even remember when the lamps were last lit. Sergei knows intuitively where everything is. Over the years I got used to the order of things, most of which I had never seen. He has no special education, he did not study music notation. However, his songs resonate in the hearts of many. Sergei plays the accordion button and the synthesizer, he tried to dominate the guitar. The composer tries to adhere to a certain genre – the author’s chanson. Why; Above all it is in the soul.
Is lack of vision a big barrier to creativity?
“If you want something, you will do it, and it does not matter if you see it or not. I live as usual, doing what I want. But mostly music. At first she worked as an escort at the Orpheus Cultural Center, formerly called Meliorators Palace of Culture, then moved to school No. 45 and began directing music. Not every day, once or twice a week he would come and take 4-5 lessons in a row. But after some time they reduced it, it returned to the house of culture. And there, in 2008, I was fired, however, I am still welcome and allowed to perform my own songs at events.
Now the musician has nowhere to work, but the memories of the past years warm the soul. Life was bright and full of events. The creator talks about them willingly, naming the exact dates.
Sergei began studying music at the beginning of the second grade. First he entered the accordion ensemble and then the choir. He first appeared on stage on November 2, 1969. There was a concert dedicated to the October Revolution. In it, Sergei performed a song for the first time, however, not yet his own. He still remembers that night, his trembling knees and the strict music teacher Ivan Nikiforovich, who was able to instill self-discipline and a love for music.
Along with the music he collected candles for tractors
The family supported his desire to study music, and after Sergei graduated from the Yalutorovsk School for the Blind, his parents suggested that he enter a music school in Kursk.
– We went there. The road was long, we spent a day at the Moscow station, but finally got there. From the school curriculum, I had to take exams in Russian language, literature and, in my opinion, something else. I faced it without any problems, leaving professional trials – musical rhythm, ear for music and musical memory. But even then I was very skeptical – I do not know music notation and I did not finish music school, who will accept me? I passed my musical ear with a “five”, my musical memory with a “four”, and the rhythm failed on purpose. I did not want to be a burden to others.
– Are you sorry?
– Not! Why regret? He wrote many songs, many performances. Member of the Ural Composers’ Association, three times awarded for works by people with disabilities, awarded the Pan-Russian Festival of Arts “Cultural Heroes of the 21st Century”. And not only that, ahead, I’m sure there will be more achievements!
Instead of studying, Sergei went to work in the factory. He was engaged in the manufacture of candles for tractors. However, despite being a completely non-creative profession, this did not stop me from pursuing music. The poet was brought to the big stage by Marat Livitin, artistic director of the Ryazan Culture House. He asked to perform “Komsomol Members – Restless Hearts” at a concert dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Stakhanov movement. And then it started – a concert at the 27th CPSU Congress, a Victory Day concert, accordion performances, solo vocal numbers in competitions.
Sergei took his first step towards composition in 1988. Then, the talented accordionist and singer was spotted by poet Ryazan Raisa Stroykova. She invited the musician to write an accompaniment to her poems and play for the veteran. He, without thinking again, agreed. It took a week to create and now – the finished work, which was later heard not only by the veteran, but also by many residents of Ryazan. “Since then,” says Sergey Khryukin, “it all started.”
Improvisation is the first thing
In 1989, the musician developed a vocal nervous tic, after which, having divorced his wife, with whom he lived for more than 10 years, he left for Tyumen to live with his mother. One by one, the songs were born in a small apartment and already in 1992, on February 23, Sergei had his first creative night, in which he performed his songs. On September 2, 1993, he finally lost his sight. But the diagnoses did not kill the desire for music.
Most of the works are born entirely from the soul of the author, but sometimes Sergei writes accompanied by the words of other poets. Mostly he likes to write music.
“Sometimes you need to tune in and sometimes the motivation itself comes to your mind. The main thing is to have time to catch it, otherwise it will be gone forever. I sit on the instrument and start improvising. Improvisation for a composer is the first thing. “You can not write anything without it,” smiles the musician.
Not all works have survived to this day, more than a hundred have been collected so far and many have been recorded on cassettes and records. Sergei prefers to write on cassettes, but his tape recorder is damaged, so he must seek the help of his colleagues.
Twice it was possible to release albums with works, but Sergei himself did not have a single copy – they were all scattered. Now his songs are heard on the social network Odnoklassniki.
Sergei himself listens to his creations through a small blue speaker – he inserts a flash drive and listens, immersing himself in the memories with a smile. He is proud of every composition he writes. The author likes the song “I will go to the river bank” the most. He tried to write it in the style of Andrei Bandera, a Russian composer.
What will happen next, the poet does not know and prefers not to guess. Now the plans are to work on a new album entitled “My Motherland Russia” and publish a collection of poems and songs “Legends will not be told about me”. “There will be a day – there will be food,” says the musician, but he is sure of one thing: music is his life.