Weekly Writing Challenge: Moved By Music


Oh, I’m excited to write this one.  I’m excited about this post.  WordPress feeds me prompts, and this one — this one I can write about.

Music.  Sweet, sweet music.

Whenever people ask me what I’m into, I have to throw music in, because I can’t picture life without it.

I play it, I sing it, I listen to it often.

I’m not sure why it’s so important to me, but those three things consume a lot of my being.  I know I’m musically talented, so that certainly helps, but I suspect it’s more than that.  I suspect it’s wired in.

Anyway, those are my three sub-topics — playing, singing, and listening.  Wasn’t planning on turning this into an essay, but I guess it sort of ended up that way.

I play.  I play piano and violin, though lately my piano skills are used only for figuring out how to play a song on the violin when I’m struggling to get the timing or the notes just right.  I’ve linked to a video of me playing an apparently traditional Metis fiddle reel that I put on YouTube.  The song is called Caribou Reel, and I looooove it.  I sat around for years musing that I wished I could fiddle.  I’d listen to Dixie Chicks and Emerson Drive, and tune out everything but the fiddling.  In December 2009, I finally caved and bought myself a violin and started taking lessons.  I have never regretted it, and my fingers are finally starting to fly.  (there’s not supposed to be any visual to this video… my phone was sitting on my stove while I played — sorry.)

I sing.  I am on a team at Church and we sing together every so often (about once a month at the moment).  I was on just yesterday, and the way the harmonies blended together was just incredible.  The voices, the harmonies — none of that is technically important, since none of it is the focus, but I sincerely believe that the worship (in song, though there are many other ways to worship) that can come from well-led singing (I’m not bragging here, I wasn’t the leader) can be incredible.  Not being all that shy, and knowing that I’ve got a good voice, I’ve never really felt shy about being on stage to sing.  Sure, when I was younger and I sang by myself, that was nerve wracking, but it doesn’t make me nervous anymore.

Finally, I listen.  To say that I’m eclectic in my taste in music is accurate, but I definitely prefer to listen to Country when given the option.  Particularly, I adore a good country love song.  I know they’re often unrealistic.  I know that often, life doesn’t pan out the way that country love songs make it look like it does… but some of them still make me swoon and want for a love like that.  I think too, that the type of song that resonates so clearly with a person says a lot about them.  I won’t interpret that statement for you — I’ll let you figure it out on your own if you so choose.

Oh, these songs.  These songs….

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