Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The sound of music

"Let's start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you read you begin with A-B-C
When you sing you begin with do-re-mi"

Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The Sound of Music" was one of the four CDs my family bought when we first acquired a CD player.  Before that my sister and I used to play the Beatles "1962-1966" (Red album) every Saturday on the turntable during chores.
As far back as I can remember there has been music in my life.  Perhaps because I moved around as a child I use Top 40 songs as markers of where and when I lived in a certain place.  Music can take us to a place in our memories in ways no other thing can.

Years later moved in with my sister and we'd sing home-made show-tunes about whatever we were doing.  When my children were little I made up bed-time songs and bath-time ditties never thinking that more than a decade later the kids would still know and sing them.  I look forward to hearing those songs sung to their children.  I'll never be a proficient singer but I don't think that's necessary for being a good singer.

In my car I keep a harmonica.  If traffic is slow or stopped I'll often take it out and play along to some random station.  Sometimes I make up my own music.  I once played the shaker egg in a band.  I may not be good but I play with FEELING!  I've futzed with guitars, pianos, and a didgeridoo without any success.  Like being a proficient singer though, I am not sure being good is a requirement for my uses.

I once saw David Bowie perform live; Tower of Power too.  Both the Houston symphony and Detroit have had programs for kids that I've taken my children to.  I've gone to jazz festivals and dive bars with kids doing their very best (poorly)  Live music with groups of people are radically different than listening to recorded music and can be amazing.

A few years ago I became a dancer at my kid's dance studio.  They needed a filler before the finale and a bunch of bad dad dancers probably set the perfect mood.  I am not going to lie, I probably enjoy it more than I should.  I also love dancing with my wife.  We don't do it often (or often enough) but going to a club and moving until we can't brings me joy.  We've tried ballroom dancing more than a few times too.  If a line dance start, you can guarantee that my wife will be one of the first people in line and I'll not be (too) far behind.  Again, being proficient doesn't mean it isn't good.

Music can be magical.  It can make any day a good one.  Music can take you away to someplace you want to be or focus you on where you are.  The music doesn't have to be great; you don't have to be great.  As long as it's good for you, it's good.

Make music
Sing songs
Listen to what you love
Go where people make it
Dance

You have a soundtrack.  It's changed over the years and will continue to evolve.  Purposefully creating it to make your "biopic" one you would want people to watch can be a big step to making today a good day.


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