Music and Life
Music and Life. Music is all around us. Start listening and you’ll hear it everywhere. I’m blessed and cursed with hearing it. Background music to most people isn’t background music to me. I even pay attention to music scores in a movie. They say if you can’t hear the music it’s good because it matches the scene. I always hear it. I guess I’m weird that way. I have been involved in music since I can remember. It started at Church and at school. Music has been an incredible part of my life since I can remember. It’s all around us too. Maybe this isn’t something you’re interested in reading, but it sure is something I’m interested in writing. I just love music so, I had to include it in one of my blogs. So, here ya go!! Maybe talking about Music and Life and how it has affected me will help you understand me a bit better.
Music and Life – My Life
This isn’t meant to be anything other than putting my thoughts in writing so my friends can know more about me and maybe my kids read this one day and understand a bit more about me. It may make you think some too, and that’s wonderful. I started singing before I can remember in our little preschool choir at church. I took piano lessons from 3rd grade off and on through early High School. I can’t sit down and play anything on the piano right now, but I still like to play around sometimes and pretend like I can. My true love happened when I was in the 5th grade. That is when I found band. I wasn’t sure what instrument I wanted to play, but I knew I had the opportunity to play something and I went for it. After looking at several instruments, I settled on either trombone or trumpet. I wanted to play tunes instead of being a drummer, we didn’t have an option of strings (I was already playing piano) and I didn’t have enough fingers to cover all the holes on a saxophone or a clarinet. I then, made a decision that would literally change my life in so many good ways. I decided to play trumpet. I sat first chair most of my time in band and then, between my Junior and Senior years of High School, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe with the Spirit of America and play in many European Countries over a 6 week period that summer. I competed in many solo competitions and made Region and State Concert Bands in South Carolina. I loved marching competitions. I also loved marching at halftime of the football games. People asked me why I didn’t play football because I’m 6’3″ and have a big frame. I played through my 10th grade year but I had to make a decision and frankly, I loved band more than football. I played in College and sat first chair most of the time there and always played 1st trumpet parts. I was also in the Pep Band for Basketball games and I played in the Bulldog Orchestra. We played for special events and actually got paid to play. It was a wonderful time. I also continued to sing throughout all of this in Church and when I went to College I was in the Glee Club, Chorale, and Original 13 at different times. I also sang in the Protestant Chapel Choir. As a sophomore at West Point, I sang with the Glee Club for Bob Hope’s Salute to the USO on National TV and had dinner with Connie Stevens and her daughter Joely Fisher that night (excuse me while I pick up that name I just dropped). That was so much fun. I have played trumpet in weddings and played Taps at funerals as well as the Star Spangled Banner at baseball games. I played in the Praise Band and the Orchestra for the Millennium Easter Sunrise Service at Williams Brice Stadium in 2000. Even now, I play in our Church Praise Band and sing in our Church Choir. So, to say music has played a big part in my life would be a tremendous understatement. My oldest son plays guitar in the Youth Praise Band and sings. All of our family sings including my wife and I’ve been sitting here watching my 5 year old playing the Wii and doing Just Dance 4. It’s a great form of exercise for him. I can’t imagine being without music. Even video games have music. Music and Life go together like peas and carrots. I may never be an Underwear Model, but I can sing, play music and dance. lol
Music and Life – It’s all around us
Can you imagine life without music? Music and Life just go together. When we go to Africa, they play the Djembe, an African drum. They also play the Kora, a type of guitar. Every country and every civilization has music. Music is mentioned all through the Bible as a form of worship. Music can soothe or it can agitate. The funny thing is, after studying music, the same types of music have the same effect on people all over the world. Minor and dissonant chords agitate and make a fearful sound. Flute and soft music soothes and are played when doing yoga or getting a massage. Brass music inspires as in a Military Marching Band and drums just make you want to get up and move. It’s funny, when you start playing a rhythm and there is a little child in the room, whether they have been around people who dance or not, they start to wiggle and move and dance. So, Music and Life go together. It’s just something that always has been around and always will be. As long as kids in schools have pencils, they will beat out a tune on a desk. Enjoy it and start noticing the music around you, even the birds singing in the trees or a wind chime. I even hear music riding down a dirt road and bumping along. Enjoy life. Enjoy Music and Life and make the most of the time you have here on this little blue ball!!