I love music and I cannot imagine my life without it. I was the kid in the bedroom dancing around the beds, singing into my hair brush. I never had any illusions that I was a great singer, my sister always made sure that I knew that my skills were primitive. But I loved doing it and still do.
I took piano lessons when I was in sixth or seventh grade. I had to walk a couple miles (through the snow and rain of course!) to get to the lesson. I don’t remember complaining too much about going and I don’t know how long I took lessons. I quit when we were going to have a recital and I didn’t want to participate. Mom might have a completely different version of these events.
In the early 70’s our church started a Folk Mass, which was popular at the time. There were sisters that were really the stars of the show with their beautiful harmonies, but there were several others that were a part of it too. They taught us to play the guitar and it was one of the best times of my life.
I love Classic Rock which is the music of my youth, it wasn’t Classic then, it was just Rock. Country took over in the 80s and I and then Contemporary Christian in the 2000’s. I like to mix it up so I don’t get bored. I think I like songs rather than special music, it depends on my mood. I can listen to it all.
John and I did the karaoke thing for awhile. We had a local bar that was fun, we liked the people there. Once you get the courage to get up and sing the first time, the rest is easy. John and I sang John Denver’s “Country Roads” because it is a great sing-a-long and you don’t have to carry it yourself. John always liked to sing “Man of Constant Sorrow” and I sang Martina McBride’s “When God Fearing Women Get the Blues” and Mama Cass’s “Dream A Little Dream of Me”. The environment was relaxed and people helped each other get the courage to sing. It was a lot of fun. It also ran its course and we left it behind. The place is closed now but we had a lot of fun there, nice memories.
We are supposed to “make a joyful noise” and I try my best to do that. I have a friend who says that God gave her this voice and she is giving it right back to Him. I love that. I say it often but cannot take credit for it!
When I am alone in the office I sing along with the music all day long. It really does make the day go by faster. If anyone came in without me knowing I’d probably be a bit mortified. I love singing in the car too. I crank up the songs I like and sing loud and proud. The nut you see singing away in the car next to you, especially if it is a gray Honda, is probably me, just being in the moment, enjoying the music. Let loose and give it a try sometime. It is harmless!