By Sue Breding / Photo by Mark Morgan
At 10 years old, Janet Green played the piano for at least three hours every day – by choice. Her mom, worried she would turn out to be a “music nerd,” enrolled her in golf lessons.
Apart from becoming quite the golfer, Green did indeed become a music nerd – and an accomplished one at that.
By the time Green was a high school senior, she was using her musical gifts to teach piano to 45 students, one of which – Arthur (Buddy) Strong – who went on to work as a pianist for both Usher and Ariana Grande.
These days, her Central Phoenix home is like a museum for musical instruments. Her collection of 20 spans pieces from the Medieval era, the Renaissance era and the Baroque period.
“People say to me, what an eclectic home. Do you play all of these?” Green says.
The answer is yes, she does.
The wonderfully diverse collection includes unique instruments such as a vihuela (an old Spanish guitar) and dumbek (a Middle Eastern drum). Perhaps two of her most interesting pieces include the 7-foot French harpsichord with two keyboards – an instrument she built herself and rents to the Phoenix Symphony every year for the Messiah performance – and her square grand piano from the late 1800s that has been repurposed into her dining room table.
Green, who founded local early ensemble group, Música Dolce, has been involved in the Phoenix Chamber Music Society for many years, and has served as the society’s executive director for 15 years.
“Chamber music is like watching musicians have a conversation musically as they argue, laugh and have detailed discussions,” she explains.
In her free time, you can find her in her backyard, with her hands and bare feet in the dirt, tending to her vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.
“I have a sign in one of the gardens that says, ‘nothing bugs me when I’m in my garden,’” Green says. “That, the piano and a golf course are my solaces in life.”
By Laura Stoddard / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
If there’s one thing Aaron Ginn-Forsberg believes in, it’s love. Love that begins within one’s self, and spills over into the rest of the world. He tries to impart this belief to his friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers. People need to live their lives without fear, he says, admitting that it took him a while to personally get to that point.
Ginn-Forsberg was raised in Portland, Oregon, the only boy among six sisters. He had many different interests growing up, and worked a variety of jobs, but one thing he always knew was that he wanted to make a difference.
“My entire life has involved helping people,” he says. “Trying to enrich people’s lives; help them through different struggles.”
He spent 15 years as a pastor, which gave him ample opportunities to help others. His next job, as a bartender, also allowed him to be a listening ear and friend to many people. In the ensuing years, on top of being a father of three, Ginn-Forsberg has worked as a model, actor, and now realtor. He also makes meditation and journaling a focal point of his life, which he says keeps him grounded.
In his current role at BTG Real Estate, Ginn-Forsberg says his co-workers foster an attitude of giving, more than taking; of building relationships and trying to help people. He calls it a “be love” attitude, and it means just that – whatever a person needs at that moment to feel loved, be that. He’s currently writing a book to further promote the idea of how one can “be love” and succeed in both business and life.
“There doesn’t have to be a separation,” he says. “The best way to ‘be love’ to someone is to be honest with them about where things are at, and what you’re both feeling. And if you learn how to do that, it literally changes lives.”