For today the Daily Post has offered this single word as our prompt: MUSIC
Five little letters create a word that has such an impact in my life. From my earliest memory I can recall a desire to enjoy music. I can remember early on listening to music on the radio. This was long before I had my own boom box as a teenager. The tunes coming from the radio were from an unknown genre at that time because I wasn’t aware that there was more than one.
By the early 1980s I came to be more in tune with what music was popular, which was called Rock music back then. The song that solidified my connection to the 1980s music scene was Van Halen’s smash Jump. David Lee Roth was still the lead singer in 1984 when this was climbing up the Top 40 charts. I heard it as part of one of those radio Top 40 countdown shows and if I remember right the one I followed had Rick Dees as the host.
This was also during the period that MTV and VH1 were establishing themselves as mainly video only channels. I fell in love with other 1980s groups such as Huey Lewis and the News, the Bangles, Journey, Reo Speedwagon, Genesis and more. This love continues very strongly to this day. In my iTunes library I would say I have at least 50% that are from the 1980s time frame.
Beyond that however, I have also had an attraction to Southern gospel music. I can still remember a gospel quartet coming to my church when I was in my late teens and hearing a tenor rattle the windows. I, myself, am a Baritone-Bass in my church choir and am always wanting to sing my favorite songs when I can. I also listen to my music any time I am outside working or walking for exercise or in the car traveling anywhere.
When my kids were born I prayed God would bless them with a gift for and love of music. Both my son and daughter have been part of not only our music program at church singing solos, but also in the high school choir and band programs. Each of them also joined the audition-only Jazz choir at the high school. My daughter just recently received word she had received a choral scholarship at he university she will attend in the fall of 2016.
Music has always and will always be something I love. I look forward to reading others music connection.