Thursday, July 31, 2008

Magic of Music

I've just realized that I am a musician, and my talented husband is a musician, but I hardly ever blog about music. Music is and always has been a big part of my life. It can lift your spirits, take you to another place and another time. A song can have an important message, or it can just evoke a feeling. I realize that musical taste is very subjective. When I first hear a new cd I might not be too crazy about it. Maybe one song stands out. I usually have to listen to a cd over and over again before I like it. I've been listening to Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" for about 7 months now. I just can't stop. It just makes me feel really good, even though some of the songs are sad. There are political songs, anti-war songs. Bruce is in his late 50's and I think he sounds better than ever.

My son, who turns 7 on Sept.1, is a Beatle fanatic. He's been listening since he was a baby. He knows every song, and can tell you what album a song is on, and other facts. I think The Beatles had a big part in his early language development, he was speaking and singing at a very young age. It also helped with his reading and spelling because he was so enthusiastic about learning the names of the songs that he started reading titles from albums and cd's. It's been an obsession that I don't really mind. We took him to see "The Fab Faux" at The State Theatre and he loved every second. Anyone who tells you that music and art are educational frills is a moron.

With Musikfest approaching, I hope some of you decide to "listen your way" through the festival as you enjoy the food. Anyone going to see John Fogerty?
Pictured: My son on Christmas morning after opening new John Lennon cd from Santa