Ever since I was a young girl, music has had an almost powerful hold on me. I remember being 8 years old with a transitor radio under my pillow. (Yup, I'm in that age group). My first 45 record that I owned was American Pie by Don McClean. I had a Mickey Mouse phonograph. Mickey's hand had the needle to set the music playing. I became an avid collector of every type of album I could get my hands on. The 13th year of my life I discovered The Rolling Stones and I was in love, with their songs and Mick Jagger. That was probably the first love of my life. The Beatles were a close second. I was born in 1966 so I discovered them a tad late. Music has carried me through my life. Each song that I hear takes me to a time that I can remember vividly. I think my generation was the last one before the digital world took over. I changed with the times and now download music of my choice. I still cry when I hear Fire and Rain by James Taylor.
Has music impacted your life? Can hearing a special song change your mood? I walk my dog with my earbuds in listening to whatever the mood calls for. I swear it kicks my endorphins in.
I think all children should be exposed to a variety of music and genres. My parents took me to see Liza Minneli at the Civic Center when I was 5. I was in awe. When I was 14 my mom and I took the train to New York to see Annie. I went to museums and historical sites as soon as I could walk. I remember standing in line for 2 hours to see King Tut as The Smithsonian.
I thank my parents for exposing me to everything they could. Music and art are such an important part of my life. The thirst to learn has been inside of me my whole life. I wouldn't change that for the world. No matter what age we are, we are constantly learning. I think that is wonderful.