Saturday, April 14, 2012
The Letter M
M is for Music
I’m going to veer off the highway of writing for a day and take a pit stop at a place known as Musicland. I love music, and have a wide variety of likes and dislikes. One of the newer artists I like? Adele. What a voice, and the songs she sings seem to touch a nerve. That’s what you want out of music. When I was growing up in the late seventies, the Bee-Gees were my guys. In high school, rock bands like Foreigner, and Styx, and the J-Giles band kept the speakers popin’. Kenny Rogers has always been on the top of my list. Who can forget the Gambler and Lady? I even had an album (that’s the big round black disc that made sound when you spun it under an amplified needle) of the soundtrack from The Empire Strikes Back. I used to sit and listen to the musicians build to a fantastic crescendo as I pictured Luke and Darth Vader battle it out. Movie producers aren’t dumb. They use music to manipulate our emotions during a movie. You think you would cry at a sad scene if not for the well timed music coming out of the fourteen speakers around you? Maybe—but maybe not. The thing is; music is important in our lives. We link memories in our lives to songs from the past. We even have a special song at our wedding.
My stepson is a very talented musician in college. I hope he works hard at his dream and is one day able to share his passion with others. I’ve always been envious (in a good way) of musicians and artists. But I think I have my own passion in writing and am already getting the rewards of sharing that with others.
What song brings back memories for you?