Day 1: An Overview
Ours is a musical family. Not a day passes in our life that is not filled with music. From sitting in the car line, to doing homework, to worship, most of the moments we share as a family include some kind of musical focus or background.
Our children come by it naturally. I can remember making up my own songs as a kid — a running dialogue of my thoughts set to my own tune. “No singing at the table” was a rule. I used to listen to songs on my personal-sized record player in my bedroom, making up dance/theatrical moves to the music as I sang into my hair brush in front of my mirror. Both my husband and I played in the band in grades 6-12. He played tuba, I played the [clearly superior] clarinet. Singing has always been a big part of our faith. I remember singing in harmony with my mother in the car on numerous occasions.
My husband has the fascinating ability to name song and artist just by listening to the first couple of beats played on the radio. I take it to mean that he spent way too many years listening to music in the 70s and 80s. However, he claims it’s just a good memory mixed with skill.
He even made me a mixed tape of sappy love songs when I went off to college. I still have it, although I don’t have a device to play it on. I do have the songs on a playlist on my iPod, though.
All this to say, music is a big part of us, and something that I don’t write often about. Yes, I’ve shared musical tidbits here and there, but as I was trying to think of something that I could write on for 31 days without running out of material, it struck me that there are so many aspects of music that I could share with you all. So, I’m running with it. I hope you’ll join me this month as I focus on 31 days of MUSIC!