I’m trying to play the violin again, in spite of a broken finger. I started in 5th grade and really enjoyed it, even though the comments of my friends were not positive. The violin wasn’t cool, I continued into 8th grade with the help of an amazing teacher at Northwestern U, We played gypsy music and bluegrass. He left and my new teacher was all classical and thought I was a two-year-old. If I had a good lesson, and I usually did, I was rewarded with a sucker. I liked the sucker but, taking the bus home carrying a violin and a sucker was too much for a cool 8th grader. I quit the violin and took up a saxophone and a guitar. Now I’m playing a FIDDLE and I don’t really care what my friends think.
When I was 5, I was walking through the Union Station in Chicago with my dad. I saw a group of people, dressed in uniforms playing instruments and beating a drum. At home, in the evening my mom played the piano and we all sang. Since I knew the song this seemed like a time to sing. I stood beside the drum and sang as loudly as I could, People stopped to listen and when we got to the end the band started over, I sang it again and this time when we got to the end the band quit and the people applauded. My dad and I walked away holding hands. It was quite a day. Bill
I guess we’d like people to say we played in tune, sang on pitch, performed songs they enjoyed and that we were nice to them.
Yes, that’s a strange name. If you haven’t heard of the Milk Carton Kids, do yourself a favor and look them up on You Tube. You’ll enjoy what you see.
If you haven’t seen this video make the effort. It’s fantastic. Go to ‘You Tube Videos’ and search for ‘Paul McCartney’s Carpool Karaoke’. You will find 23 minutes of pure pleasure. Except of course for a few short Ads
If you are in Seattle check out Kenyon Hall. They have excellent shows in a wide variety of musical genres and ice cream floats and popcorn for a dollar each. If Marley’s Ghost happens to be playing there, your in for a very special treat.
Music is a link With the divine. It is also a link to our humanity, Music can uplift us into laughter, or can pull tears from us. It lets us express our feelings in a way that every listener understands..
Music has a great effect on how we feel. Think about the movies you’ve seen. Music is an integral part of all of them. It changes the mood, increases or decreases tension and tells you what’s to come. Without the music, most movies would be pretty dull.