DD Music store opens in Luverne

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 20, 2005

Dale Brown has always had an ear for music.

Since the time he picked up a guitar as a five-year-old, Brown has been able to play just about any song he hears.

&uot;Usually, it takes me two or three times, but once I have it down I can play it,&uot; he said.

Now, Brown, along with his partner David Coleman, is bringing their love of music to Luverne.

Their goal?

Put an instrument in everyone’s hand.

Brown’s and Coleman’s store, D&D Music, recently opened its doors to the public and invetory is still growing. And if you stop by the shop, Brown will pick out your favorite tune on an electric Fender guitar – be it B.B. King or Garth Brooks. Not only wil he show and sell you an instrument; he’ll he also teach you how to play it.

Brown and Coleman plan on teaching music lessons to anyone who wishes to learn. Brown, himself, can play 11 instruments. His wife, Mitzi, teaches piano in the area.

&uot;I’ve been playing professionally for seven years,&uot; said Brown. &uot;I’ve had the privilege of playing with some of the best Gospel artists in the world, either in their performance or on their CD.&uot;

A devout Christian and ordained pastor, Brown said D&D Music is his and Coleman’s way of giving back to the community. He is originally from Opp but moved to Luverne because of the better atmosphere, he said.

Brown describes his younger years as troubled.

&uot;If someone had been there to teach me music when I was younger, if that offer had been there, I might have been a better person growing up,&uot; he said. &uot;But I got saved, praise God, and became a preacher.&uot;

Electric and acoustic guitars currently line the floor and walls of D&D Music, as do drum sets, amplifiers and a single mandolin. Inventory will increase over the next few weeks, said Brown.

&uot;We actually just became a corporation so as a company we will be able to deal personally with the dealerships,&uot; said Brown.

And Brown and Coleman aren’t out to rob anyone with prices.

&uot;I’ve had several people come in and ask about our prices, then get mad because they felt like they had been robbed on an instrument someplace else,&uot; he said, laughing. &uot;But I’m just trying to make a living. We’re not out to steal from anyone.&uot;

Brown envisions a music store, not only dedicated to musical instruments, but also with a multiple number of sound booths for music students, a recording studio and Christian bookstore.