"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." ~Aldous Huxley
I grew up with music playing in the background of my life. My parents were young when I was born, and what is now "classic rock" was constantly playing in our home. I always enjoyed that there was music in the house, and that there wasn't a specific genre that we had to choose. As we grew up, we covered all of the major types of music. I will even admit that we listened to country, and I attended a few country concerts in my day.
My family has a fair amount of musical talent. My father played percussion in the high school band. I believe it was because he could carry the bass drum... My mother played flute, and was very talented. I chose the flute and piccolo in school, and my brother played the saxophone. We have always enjoyed playing and listening, and we do have a pretty mean family competition of Rock Band. :-)
I always feel like there is a soundtrack running in my head. Throughout my day, I can pair different songs with what I am experiencing at the moment. It can be an awesome ability, or it can be time-consuming. I have often become distracted thinking about what song would fit with what I am feeling, like my life is some sort of movie. I don't think the rest of the world really cares what song it would be. I think that I think too much sometimes...
I knew that one of my goals would be to approach some sort of musical skill. I didn't really want to make a goal out of attending a concert or something, because the truth is in recent past I have attended a very fair share of concerts: Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Journey, Foreigner, BB King, U2, and the list goes on...
But I haven't touched a musical instrument in a LONG time. And I have always wanted to learn to play the drums. Drummers fascinated me. Don Henley had some impressive skills, Phil Collins was always rocking, and when I was at the U2 concert, I kept my eyes on Larry Mullen the whole time. There's a certain power behind the drums, and I find it captivating. Now, I will attempt to learn the method.
Music has always played a big part in my life. I am grateful for the opportunity to attempt this portion of the project, and for the kindness of a friend, Mandy Contreras, who will be teaching me basic drum method. I will definitely post a picture next week!