Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Meaningful Life: Music

I talked back in this post about how my mom instilled in me a love of music.

I LOVE listening to music, especially vocal performance. I'm not talking about the radio or popular singers or the like; I'm sure I enjoy listening to those just about as much as anybody. But what I'm talking about is trained, in tune, rich, beautiful notes.

Being in love with singing, specifically, definitely has a lot to do with my own mother's love of vocal performance (as a Vocal Performance Teaching major in college). And I've also been in school choirs, regional choirs, special group choirs, solos, group ensembles, church choirs, and state choirs constantly from 6th grade to 12th. That might also have something to do with my love of incredibly good music.

I took a group voice class one time in college, and I realized something. A group of us got together to practice our music, and they started talking about the class and saying, "This is a great class, but I have no idea what our teacher's talking about when she explains to us how to use our voices. The imagery she uses? It's like it's in another language." That's when I realized that I speak the language of music. Now, obviously, I am no concert soloist by any stretch of the imagination, but I get music. Granted, this was a beginning singing class, and in reality there are a lot of people who speak the language of music, but sadly, as I learned from this experience and others, there are a lot of  people who don't.

So one thing I think that makes life meaningful is good music, real music. Music that calms the soul and gladdens the heart. So one thing I want to be a part of my kids' life is the emotional and spiritual experience that is music.

When I was pregnant, I was trying to find "the" song that was relaxing enough that it could "transport" me into another place while I was in labor. Although I don't think I really accomplished this when I gave birth, this is a song I have come back to over and over again throughout my life that instantly calms me. Turn it up LOUD and make it full screen to get the full effect.

1 comment:

  1. Short blog. Nice music. I like voices too. Have a good day Ash.