When I was growing up, music was very inspirational and therapeutic for me. I played the piano and violin and also sang at church and in the school choir. I grew up watching classical musicals with Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley. I memorized almost every Disney movie song. Remember cassette tapes? I used to wait for my favorite songs to play on the radio so that I could record them on cassette tapes.
In 2012, after I had my first child, music was somehow replaced by daily tasks and the TV. Four years later, I had the privilege of viewing a live performance of “The King and I.” When the actor started to sing “Hello Young Lovers,” I was surprised that I had to suppress tears from falling down my face. The melody of the song and the voice of the singer was so incredibly beautiful and moving. I felt like a part of me came alive again! It was then that I realized how much I missed music and it was then that I decided to make more of a conscious effort to bring music back into my everyday life.
Nowadays, I enjoy teaching my daughter how to play the piano. If I find that the kids have been watching TV for too long, I turn it off and switch to some of our favorite songs on Spotify. I love watching my daughters sing and dance around the living room as they enjoy music as much as I did when I was a kid. My husband and I also had a couple of impromptu music date nights in our living room. On one occasion, we listened to old school R & B and reminisced about the 90’s until we fell asleep. It was so much fun! I love how music can bring people together and uplift the spirit.
What did you love to do as a kid? Do you still find the time to do what you love?