Music has always played an important part in my life and I have always found the right music to fit my mood really helps the situation. Now that I see how much my son loves music it reminds me what a big part of my life music has been.
The soundtrack of my life: It lifts me up when I'm down, makes that last mile just a little bit easier, energizes me when I'm lethargic, helps me concentrate when studying, brings a smile to my face when a song makes me reminisce and so much more!
Here's a very basic timeline:
5 yrs old - my mom put my brother and I in piano lessons, I loved music so much but unfortunately did not have a good ear. My brother on the other hand could listen to a song on the radio then figure out how to play it on the piano
10 yrs old - I begged my mom to put me in voice lessons. I loved acting and I loved singing and I loved musicals so of course I wanted to be in one. The poor instructor had to pull my mom aside and tell her that I just wasn't meant to sing. Now don't feel sorry for me this was and is a very true statement.
11 - They tried to give me a solo in the school play and even worked with me one on one until it was decided it was best that I sing it with a group and they relegated me to be Mary and trust me that was hilarious because Mary should not look disgruntled and try to push the 3 wise men off the stage for teasing her.
12 - I discovered pop music and I would blast New Kids on the Block, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Power 102 as loud as possible. We had very thin walls so I must have the most patient parents in the world. I also new all the songs to Grease and would try and force my brother to act it out with me. Believe it or not there were only 2 people in my class that liked NKOB and I stood up at one point and yelled at everyone telling them what a good band they were and that they were all idiots for not understanding!
14 - 15 - I discovered that in my brothers room you could pick up a rock station that I couldn't get in my room and found that blasting heavy rock was much more satisfying when I was angry and wanted to make a point. Again very patient parents.
Middle & High School - I played 1st chair flute but had to have a tuner with me at all times to know if I was flat or sharp while everyone else just knew. I worked very hard at practicing anytime I had a solo because I was determined to keep it but again this did not come naturally to me.
|My mom and I at our last concert.|
I also conducted an experiment for one of my college courses trying to determine with a timer, a heart rate monitor and a walkman if music increased heart rate and or improved run time.
I've gone to more concerts than I can count ranging from 1 country concert only because I won tickets, Juanes, Ricky Martin, Rancid, Blink 182, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Sugar Ray, Green Day, Staind, Beck, Santana, Tom Petty, Cake, I could go on forever. And more off Broadway musicals than I can count.
My brother on the other hand has been in several bands yes including a punk band and knows how to play the piano, trumpet, drums, guitar etc.
Adulthood - I use to only exercise while listening to music then I discovered longer distances and found that I had to run sans music. I only listen to music now if I'm lifting weights or running an easy 3 miles. Does music help you with your workouts?
He has reminded me how much I love music and has shown me the magic of it again as his face lights up every time I turn on the radio. I'm taking him to his first concert in December, Alvin and the Chipmunks! :-) May music bring as much joy to my son as it has to me.
Here's a little video of my son's dancing and flirting skills:
Happy Thanksgiving!! Happy Training!!!!