Lawyer by day, musician by night shares his music in East County venues

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“Just like an old-fashioned love song, coming down in three-part harmony,” Paul Grinvalsky spends his days as an attorney, but his free time as a musician.

From classical ragtime to contemporary sounds, Grinvalsky likes performing solo instrumentals but thrives with vocals.

“I enjoy the vocal harmonies,” he said “Probably beyond anything.”

“Just like an old-fashioned love song, coming down in three-part harmony,” Paul Grinvalsky spends his days as an attorney, but his free time as a musician.

From classical ragtime to contemporary sounds, Grinvalsky likes performing solo instrumentals but thrives with vocals.

“I enjoy the vocal harmonies,” he said “Probably beyond anything.”

Save for a few sporadic venues, he mainly performs at the Greek Sombrero with members of Open Mic Rancho San Diego. Fellow performer, Muriel Arroyo believes that harmonies are his strong suit.

“He likes anything with harmony. Three part harmony,” Arroyo said. “He told me that when he hears music, it’s always in three parts. So when there’s only two parts, it seems like there’s something missing. That’s the way he hears it.” 

Another musician, Al Deininger agrees that Grinvalsky has a knack for harmony. 

“He brings a new perspective to harmonies. He likes three part harmonies and he strives for perfect harmonies,” Deininger said. “So it’s fun to practice with him because he wants you to stay in your range.”  

Grinvalsky estimates that he has been playing guitar for around 42 years. 

“My brother who was a year older than me had a lot of friends who play guitar and I hung out in his circle,” he said. 

He said that he was inspired at how well they played and naturally he took up an interest in playing guitar himself. 

At around 35 years old, Grinvalsky decided that he wanted to become an attorney. He said that he enjoys making a positive difference through his career. 

“I really consider it a privilege and an honor to be involved in Americas legal system,” he said.

What he does in his free time is usually a product of his career and his music. 

“It kind of revolves around music or law,” he said. “There isn’t a lot of time left between the two.” 

Although the two occupy the majority of his time, he said he does dabble with computers. He uses the technology for his work as an attorney and for his music, as he posts videos of performances to social media. 

Grinvalsky’s goal is to start doing more solo performances. Although he has not made a CD yet, he believes he will within the next few years. To prepare for his endeavors, he has been working on various tunes. 

“I spent a good part of the last year reworking pieces,” he said. 

In the meantime, he is enjoying playing the guitar, singing harmonies and performing with other San Diego artists.

“Music is the passion,” he said.