My History with Music
Music has always been a large part of my life. Growing up a game my family would always play together driving in the car was name that tune. The object was to be the first to name the title and artist of the song playing. My Dad refused to listen to anything other than oldies so he had the clear advantage, but today my brothers and I usually have him beat, his memory seems to be a tad slower these days.
The radio was huge in elementary school. My friends and I had our favorite radio station, 95.9 KISS FM. It played all the popular songs and at times songs that I was embarrassed to listen to with my Mom because I knew the content was not appropriate. But still listening to Bitch, by Alanis Morissette was much more enjoyable than listener to her favorite stating 94.3 Light Rock.
In fourth grade I began my first instrument, the violin. I loved the violin; I practiced often and was quite good. But when the opportunity arose in sixth grade to join band I quit the violin and started a new brass instrument. Originally I wanted to play the saxophone, but when it was my turn to try out the variety of mouth pieces for all the different instruments with my future instructor, she decided saxophone was not right for me. Instead she suggested the baritone. I played the baritone through eighth grade, but once I entered high school I decided to give it a rest and take art classes instead.
From high school on music became a self-guided exploration. I was determined to expose myself to as much as possible because I enjoyed it so much. I would go to the majority of the school choir concerts, I never missed a musical, I saw a few band performances, and one orchestra concert. Besides the school-based music I began attending concerts, which quickly became one of my favorite things to do.
Now that I’m living in a larger city I make an effort to support local bands. There’s something about the possibility of knowing that a small band you support may make it in the industry some day. I especially enjoy going to shows are Varsity Theater. It’s by far the coolest venue I’ve ever been to.
I hope my love for music never ends. The day I received my iPod for Christmas began and obsession. I listen to a ridiculous amount of music in a day; while I walk, run, bike, study, relax, read, and write, I’m usually listening to music. As odd as it may sound, music is a near and dear friend to me, I can play different artists to compliment different moods and life experiences. I love the thrill in discovering a new song and band, which is something that theoretically will never end!