Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Every Day in May #11 -Music

I am so grateful to have music in my life.

First of all, I am a big music lover- especially from singer-songwriters that can really write great songs. But classical, pop, rock, straight-ahead jazz- I love it all.

Music offers a great escape. It can change my mood almost instantaneously. It has the power to cheer, and it also has the power to bring full-on memories that can reduce me to tears. It gets me outside of myself.

Nowadays, I am more of an artist than a musician, but there was a time when I was part of a girl-band trio for three years, and we played our music all over Florida From White Springs at the top of the state on down to Ft. Lauderdale in South Florida.

We were a contemporary folk trio, and it was a good time while it lasted, but it got hard to keep up rehearsals and performances after we had children, and our opinions about the music started to clash a little, so it became less and less fun. It sure didn't pay the bills, so I gave it up after one of our members decided to move away from the area.

I taught music for three years too. Now I sing at my church, but music takes a lot of focus, and it is hard for me to do both art and music justice, so art is the clear attention-getter for me.

I enjoy what other people write and perform. That's not such a bad thing. Music has many facets and it brings a lot of different things to me. I am grateful for music.


Walter said...

The Florida Folk Festival
Rod MacDonald
Jeanie Fitchen
Gamble Rogers
White Springs

These are things I am thankful for

art addict said...

Cool! I used to go hear Rod play quite often down in South Florida- great musician AND great guy.

Didn't know of Gamble Rogers until after his death, but also an incredible storyteller.

Loved the Folk Festivals- all of them....