I love to sing and to hear my daughter play her flute or play the piano and now learning the guitar. It is so important in our lives I feel to explore music, even if you are tone-deaf. Music seems to instantly affect one self, it seems to create an opinion and strong feelings immediately. There is nothing else I have ever come across that can bring on such feelings so quickly other than paintings and even they do not seem to bring on such strength in emotion as quickly or as strong as music can.
I sing all the time and there is a running joke with my daughter and me she sometimes says while we are listening to the radio.
“I like the way the original singer sings this song.”
I reply “Actually this is the original singer.”
“No it’s not.”
“Ha-ha yes it is the original singer, who do you think it is that sang this song first?”
“It is a female voice, sometimes it is gentle and soft and sometimes it is strong and has that cool rasp”
“I only know of this singer, what year was that?” as I try to figure out who she is thinking of.
She continues to try to place who it is she is thinking about and explains other songs they may have sung. The list is so random of songs that I am completely lost as they seem to be all over the place of songs for one artist. A few seconds later we decide when we get home we will YouTube it and see what we can find. The music starts to make me want to join along and sing and as I sing my daughter start to laugh.
“Ha-ha I know who it is that I am thinking of, YOU! You really need to record music mom.”
I always reply “That’s just you looking through your mommy I love you eyes.”
They say that if you are musically inclined or talented you are also very good at math. Well that must be some magic marker that tells people if they are good or not because I play the piano and sing but math is the worst subject in all the subjects of the world. I just can’t seem to get it, I mean I get it but I can’t seem to do well at it, it takes me time to figure most math problems out. I had a woman come into a store once and I made a mistake with her order in returning her change. I was overpaying her $0.30. It was nice of her to let me know I made this error many people would have just walked off if they noticed a mistake in their favour. So I grabbed my calculator and figured it out, she became rather upset with me that I needed to verify with a calculator.
“Math is not hard, it is easy!” she angrily said.
“Too you perhaps and that is great, I am glad you can do mental math quickly and easily but for me no matter how much I try it never seems to stick for me. I am sorry but I am trying to help you the best that I can.”
We figured it out and she of course continued to try to make me feel like an idiot before she left. So that proves I just have a hard time with math. With music however when I would play all the time I could not only read but also play by ear. I could hear something once and then in a few moments be playing it on the piano, it was easy and fun for me. I have not played piano for many years now I never seem to have the time. I sat down the other day to play and it was gone, all that ability was gone. If you don’t use it you lose it is true, I practiced like I was back in the beginning lessons with Old McDonald farmer song for heaven sake. As I played it slowly came back bit by bit but it would have taken sometime longer to get to where I used was. So since I can’t lug around a large heavy piano I use the built-in instrument, my voice.
I don’t’ think there is ever a day that goes by without music and singing in my life. If there is a day that must be the days I am really low and depressed, even then I sing sad songs. My daughter is exploring jazz music right now, that is fun to listen to her explore this whole different world of music and not too often do you hear artists these days that do a real good scat like those old-time songs.
There was some time back a year that we had nothing, absolutely nothing and barely a roof over our heads, time was very hard and we had no music also. It was a dark hole and one thing that helped us get out of this pit of darkness, you guessed it, music. When the world around is dark, life is hard, painful and miserable, just hold up your head and sing. Sing anything, and before long you will feel again. If you can’t carry a note who cares, it is what is in you and it makes you feel so do it, SING!
As everyone knows I am sure the acoustics in most washrooms or shower rooms is fun to use when singing. I have a cat that is actually very opinionated about music, she will actually wag her tail and take a beat if she is liking your music and she will pure with enjoyment. If she hate the music she runs away and hides. But the one place she loves to be is sitting on the toilet lid while someone is in the shower. Maybe it is the heat given off from the warm water or maybe it is the acoustics of the washroom. But if you have a shower and she is not in there fast enough she will call to you the entire time you are in the shower telling you to let her in the washroom so she can sit on the toilet and listen to whomever is singing in the shower.
I started to think about where this love of music may have come from, was I born with it or family at church and home, my parents sang all the time also. I liked it but being made to study piano 3-5 hours or more a day I hated it. I developed carpel tunnel syndrome for so much piano playing and I hated the piano. I really wanted the guitar but was never allowed because my father loved the piano sound and he said one of his children will play the piano. I learned from that little experience to never force and instrument on a person so I let my daughter start her music off on the piano and she hated it after a year and she then chose the flute and her love of music grew. So where did my love of music come from? I remembered my teacher in a small town in Sparwood BC. She was the best music teacher I have ever had, and better than any teacher I have seen my daughter have. Her name was Ms. Zimmerman. She loved music so much that she poured that love and enjoyment into our classes. Our classes were hard but choir was such a growing class for me, growing as I learned team work in a sense of harmony, and courage to sing in front of others, and I learned to love the music at a time I was hating music because of the 3-5 hours of piano a day. I am so grateful for Ms. Zimmerman, thank you for bringing music into my life and sharing your passion with me. It felt personal the time she spent with each one of her students, one on one and anything else you needed she was there to guide us and show us how beautiful music is. As my daughter was growing up a remember using Ms. Zimmerman lessons to teach my daughter, the fun warm ups and the most amazing part is when my daughter was little she has a speech impediment. She could not say many things and we started to use Ms. Zimmerman’s warm up tunes and tongue twisting tunes, and those strange sliding tunes to help my daughter learn to use her tongue and air better and she learned to speak. It worked so well she was not needing speech lessons for long, so if you know someone whose speech is difficult or child with speech problems this is a great and very fun way to get a tongue to work better. Music has such a huge impact on our lives from creating emotion to better speech and better confidence. Thank you Ms. Zimmerman for improving my life and the life of my daughter through music, you mean the world to me.
Where ever you are, thank you.