Monday, March 23, 2009


I love music. It's a huge part of my life. I love listening to it, playing it, singing it, and dancing to it. I also collect music boxes. Music was a big part of my childhood. I used to go to sleep at night listening to my dad play the piano. I think I learned to sing at church during the weekly children's meeting, and also at school (back in the "dark ages" there actually were regular music classes in elementary school). I really enjoyed it. My mom has a terrific voice and we used to sing as we washed the dishes together - it made dishes almost bearable. We also used to sing in the car during long trip to see grandma. My dad also used to take us to hear the local symphony orchestra when they had dress rehearsals. When I had the opportunity (in school), I learned to play the cello and my dad taught me a little about playing the piano. I've also taken the opportunity to sing in our church choir for many years. In previous years I've reversed roles and taken on the assignment to teach music to the kids at church. Currently I've been assigned to be the director for our congregation's choir. It's challenging, but rewarding.
One of the times that I realized how big of an impact music has on my life was when I heard one of my children telling their friend that when they wanted to ask permission to do something or to go somewhere, they would wait until they heard me singing, and then they would ask, because if I was singing I was in a good mood and there was a better chance that they would get a positive response.
I also didn't realize how often that happened (my singing around the house) until my children became teenagers and were on the phone alot. They'd be talking on the phone, when suddenly their friend would ask them "What was that?" They'd stop and think and then answer, "Oh, that was my just my mom singing." They were so used to it that they didn't realize at first what their friend was asking about. It's nice to know that their friends weren't complaining, they had nice comments and were sometimes suprized to find out that it wasn't the radio.

1 comment:

  1. What a nice blog. I also love music and was raised around it. My parents had me watch a lot of movie musicals, and once I was old enough, we had a season subscription to Music Circus in sacramento so I could see live musicals. I was always in choir at school (my school also had music class...back in the days) and I performed in the touring choir and musicals in high school. I wish I still had an outlet for singing. I work for a musical theatre company part-time (California Musical Theatre in Sacramento), but in the administrative office. It gives me access toa lot of new shows, but not the chance to sing. I tried joining my friend's church choir many years ago, but as I am not religious, that didn't work out for me. So, I stick to singing in my house and in the car. I guess that's better than nothing.