Music maestro joins the Halcyon band
After an international music and entertainment career spanning decades and continents, Keith van Geyzel is happy to be playing to a more laidback beat on the Gold Coast.
The musician and prolific composer’s decision to retire and move to Vision by Halcyon with wife Karin 18 months ago has changed their lives “exceptionally”.
It allowed Keith to turn the page on the relentless pressure of his long and varied music career and to finally have the time to engage more personally with his lifelong passion: the piano.
A globetrotting musical career meant he and Karin lived for years in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States and Asia.
Keith worked with international and Australian artists and created the musical scores for many movies, documentaries and countless advertisements for household names.
But these days he’s relishing some well-deserved ‘me time’ at the piano, which takes centre stage in his waterfront home at Hope Island.
“It’s really nice to play for my own enjoyment now because when you think about it, I haven’t done that since I was a teenager,” Keith said.
“Once you get working it’s actually very difficult to come home and practise if you’ve just spent seven hours doing music.”
Keith now spends time each day tickling the ivories for pleasure and admits he often ‘gets lost’ for hours in the joy of playing.
He’s also sharing his wealth of musical expertise and experience with the community by starting a choir. Around 20 male and female homeowners have joined the group, which gathers around Vision’s new piano each Thursday morning.
“They’re not the professional singers that I’m used to but it’s a different situation because I can see how much they’re enjoying it and what it’s doing for them and that gives you a different kind of buzz,” he said.
“They’re starting to get really, really good, and you see their enjoyment and that’s what gives me enjoyment, because I put on a different hat for that and it becomes the Vision thing, it’s very pleasing to offer that.”
Word has also spread and singers from nearby Halcyon Waters have also joined the choir.
Resisting offers to return to work, Keith is now happy to be “busy in a good way” on the Gold Coast.
“Living like this for us is very exceptional and not usual,” he said.
“We just like being based here and we don’t go away on holiday.
“I don’t want to see another plane, I don’t want to go through security ever again because I’ve had years and years of that, and I can’t do that anymore.
“At the same time, we’re very busy - I thought we were going to retire to a quiet life, but there’s so much to see and do, and we’re involved with a lot of things in the community.”
They both love Hope Island and the relaxed lifestyle that comes with the location and the Vision community.
“What’s not to like - we’ve got everything that we really need here,” Keith said.
“And the big thing for us is the peace and quiet with our neighbours.
“It’s very important to maintain the rules, we like that. We know what it’s like to live in big cities where there are no rules and you’re scared to go out at night.”
Karin, who is involved with Vision’s craft group, said their new life feels like a permanent vacation.
“We’re still in holiday mode and we’ve only been here a year and a half,” she laughed.
“The Gold Coast is great. I think it’s one of the best lifestyles in Australia, for us anyway.”