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Music and Memories

It’s uncanny how music is so much like a time-machine, the way it instantly drags us back and we are that awkward teenager again, listening to our music real loud, wishing it would devour us and allow us to escape whatever is troubling us, even for just the duration of the song.

I recently did a post for the lovely Catherine of Pushing the Moon. She runs a series called the Bloggers Spotify Playlist that is so interesting to read and hear about bloggers’ choice of music, if you have time do check it out. It wasn’t surprising that those songs were constantly on my mind this week.

It was a difficult list to make actually.  Music used to be such a big part of my life when I was growing up, even as a single woman, so it was really astonishing to me how much it has taken such a back seat since becoming a mother.  Then again, that shouldn’t be surprising since motherhood/parenthood does take over your entire being.  That’s the way it is I guess.

Going back to that list, growing up my parents were hippies and listened to a lot of folk music like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and of course, my dad loved the Beatles (still does).  As a teenager, because of my older brother’s influence, I listened to punk and new wave.  Then grunge/alternative.  I preferred Pearl Jam over Nirvana, primarily because I had a big crush on Eddie Vedder.  I also have so many memories of listening to The Lemonheads cruising in the car with my brother and our friends, or singing along with 10,000 Maniacs and all the other alternative bands/artists of that era.  Yes, I know, it does show my age, doesn’t it?

Also loved female artists like Edie Brickell whose album Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars became a big theme song in my young life.  And listening to Rickie Lee Jones croon about “Not Wanting to Grow-up”. Then I became obsessed with Indigo Girls and their painful lyrics and songs.  Fast-forward to 2009 or was it (2008?) when I dragged my husband (although we weren’t married yet then) to watch Indigo Girls live in Bristol.

I also used to listen to Rage Against the Machine when I was frantically trying to beat deadlines.  Their songs gave me the adrenaline rush I needed to finish work off.

My music list is endless!  So many songs, so many memories, so while I’ve been walking the streets of my youth, I think it’s about time to jump back in the present and find new songs to listen to, especially for my daughter’s sake, soon I’ll hear a “Oh mum, you’re not listening to the “oldies” again are you?”

Any suggestions?  Latest trends/music/artists?

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My Cello Baby

Little T started learning to play the cello this school year.  She loves doing it, though I have a feeling it also has something to do with Harper (one of her favourite characters from Cerrie Burnell’s Harper Book series).  The little girl likes to play all instruments, including the cello.  To be fair though, T already started her music lessons long before she discovered the Harper series.

Like any other child, we have to remind her to practice though.

She likes to use her dad as her music sheet holder (As you can see from the boxes, we are still surrounded by them and still hoping to move soon).

I love that she likes to shut her eyes while she plays her cello.  I’d be lying though if I say that my daughter’s playing is divine or that she’s some sort of musical prodigy like Mozart who was already playing the keyboard, violin and composing music at age 5, T’s age.  Let’s just say my daughter’s playing sounds like a typical five-year-old who is starting to learn how to play the cello.  If she was learning to play the violin, it would sound like a cat screeching, you get the picture 😉  Of course my husband and I are very proud of her.

In late June, my daughter’s school will hold a Duck Race and Talent show to help raise funds for their Primary school.  They do this yearly.  This is also sort of the highlight of the kids who takes music lessons, they get to play in front of the whole school, not to mention the whole village and play as one group.  They are known as the “Cello Babies”.  This year, it will be T’s first performance with the group.

I am so looking forward to watching her play in front of a crowd.

Does your little one play an instrument?

Do you play an instrument?

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Shabby Blogs Link Party: Top Ten Favourite Musicians

It’s Link Party time once again and this week’s topic is all about music: Top Ten Favourite Musicians.  When I was single, I couldn’t do anything without music.  I worked with headphones on beating deadlines, something was always playing in the background.  I grew up listening to the Beatles, Paul Simon and the like, so I’m starting my list also with someone whose voice was a familiar sound in my childhood:

1.  Joni Mitchell:

2.  Edie Brickell – And then thanks to my brother, I discovered Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians.  Her songs from the band’s first-third albums, Shooting stars with Rubber Bands, Ghost of a Dog and Picture Perfect mornings, were a permanent fixture in my playlist.  I’m not sure when they disbanded, all I know is that ended up marrying Paul Simon.

3.  Indigo Girls – In their 2009 UK tour, I got the chance to watch them live when they played in Bristol.  It was one of the happiest days of my life.  I can’t even begin to explain how much this group meant to me in the 90s, so I won’t even begin.  Let’s just say, I love their songwriting.  The words are just so beautiful and sometimes painful.

4.  Glenn Hansard:  Numbers 4-5.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for male musicians who can play the guitar and sing as if their very hearts are bleeding.  Yes, I’m a sucker for sad songs.  Oh dear indeed.

5.  Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan

6.  Counting Crowes:  See number 2 & 3.

7.  Eddie Vedder:  See number 2 & 3.

8.  Angus & Julia Stone:  This is probably the only newish group included in my list.  Sadly, I’m not so much into music nowadays.  Being a mother keeps me busy and when we do have music playing in the background, it’s either T’s music or classical music which is what my husband prefers and which I also like anyway.

9.  REM:  See number 2 & 3.

10.  Cynthia Alexander is a very talented Filipino musician who deserves more for her talent both as a musician and a songwriter.

Yes, I know.  The ones on my list are not the latest, I’m not even familiar with the latest bands/music anymore.  When I choose music, I listen to the words, just like when I choose a book, I read a few pages and if the words speak to me and or I like the style, then I buy it.  I do miss listening to music.  But ever since I became a mother, the rare moments I have of some peace or time for myself, I would always choose silence.