The Journey to music and with music for me has been a roller coaster of ups and downs but I have always cherished it being in my life.
When I was about 9 I wandered into the closet of my dads storage room outside our house and behold, I found junk, and a lot of it. I was just about to leave once I found a random thing to play with when under a huge box was a little beat up piano missing 3 or 4 keys. To be honest I did not think it was going to work, and well, it didn’t. I took it form there regardless and brought it to my room secretly trying to get it to work. 3 hours, 12 batteries, a hammer, a screwdriver and a tape of Scooby-doo later and Presto, I had a working electric piano.
I would play this thing twenty- four seven. It was something so new and awesome to me seeing as how the only music I really knew was choir music from school and the recorder (which I loathed). The piano was different though it was mine and I loved it.
My musical Journey has been exactly that “A Journey.” Growing up, I don’t remember there ever being a moment where there was an absence of music in my house or anywhere I would go. You see I grew up in a family who had a natural ear for music in fact, my dad and most of my aunts and uncles had their own conjunto bands or played and sang with mariachi groups even before I was born. Although I did belong to a family where music was the center of their lives, I didn’t personally fall in love with it until I was about 7 years old. I remember my Dad was playing the guitar and singing that day and I was so captivated by the one thing that still has me captivated today, the voice. My Dad must have seen the expression on my face because He immediately called me over, handed me the microphone and said, “Do you want to help me sing?” I remember that day singing my little heart out in front of a crowd I barley even knew. After that occasion it was virtually impossible to keep me quite to the point where I would make up my own lyrics and sing at the top of my lungs.
“Does music make you smarter?”
Well, instead of giving you my biased opinion on this subject 🙂 I’d rather share with you this very informative infographic containing several facts about how music study impacts those that participate in it.