Saturday, December 28, 2013

Finish Line in Sight & The Importance of Music


This week has provided me with the opportunity to work on my story that I put to the side after NaNoWriMo ended.  I have come up with new ideas to include in the story and realize that I should have kept writing instead of taking a break.  The main reason is I forgot where I was going with the story.  I was nearing the end and then forgot what I needed to do with it. OOPS!  HA HA. 

I read the five chapters leading up to where I had stopped to refresh my memory and that was enough to get me going again with some new ideas.  The writing process can be tricky at times but I am happy to have it going again.

I have been horrible in doing my daily journal writing though.  I'm usually very good but have been slack in it for a while now.  Too much going on but that is no excuse.  I should be writing everyday whether it's a paragraph or three pages of wandering thoughts.

I can assure you I have had plenty of wandering thoughts lately and most of them have to do with music and kids. 

Music was a vital part of getting me through my dark days and I can only imagine had I not had access to music what might have happened to me.  There have been numerous studies about the benefits of listening to music and how it impacts how we learn, what it does to our brain, how it helps relieve stress and other benefits.

Imagine a school cutting it's music program and in that school system there is a kid who could be the next Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Lena Horne, Gene Krupa, etc.  It's a scary thought that there could be a very talented kid who none of us will know just how talented they are because his or her school cut a music program. Not only is the kid denied the chance to learn and explore music or learn a musical instrument but we are denied as well of ever hearing this kid play or sing.

People comment on the state of the music industry and how there aren't any standout musicians or singers like there used to be.  Gee, I wonder why? If we are not encouraging kids to explore music than what do we expect to get?

I think the best any of us can do is to support music programs and kids who want to learn to play an instrument or sing. Music is such a disposable thing these days and people aren't digesting it and really listening to it like they used to. I think we all owe it to each other to share our music collections with the kids.

My parents used to play music all the time when I was a kid.  Funny story, my dad made me a cassette tape when I was a kid.  I must have been 8 or 9 and hadn't really gotten into my own music yet.  He made me a cassette tape of Peter Frampton's - Frampton Comes Alive album the only problem is he also include Billy Thorpe's - Children of the Sun on the same tape.  My dad neglected to label the cassette tape and simply told me it was Peter Frampton.  For years I thought the whole entire cassette tape was Peter Frampton!!  It wasn't until I got into college that I realized that the second part of the tape was NOT Peter Frampton but Billy Thorpe.  Thanks Dad!

My parents used to listen to a lot of stuff.  I think my dad just liked showing off with the stereo to friends. He'd put a record on the turntable and crank it.  I remember this mood music he used to play that had a train, rain drops and a howling dog.  He used to crank that thing and the part where the dog howls used to creep me out.  I also remember him cranking the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey until the whole house shook.  He had fun with that one.

Most of the vinyl records in our house belonged to my dad.  I've never really gone through his collection and have no idea what's really in it but there are a few things he had which I made sure to get into my own collection when I was able to start buying music for myself.  If you are wondering, yes, Peter Frampton and Billy Thorpe became part of my music collection.

I love exploring music as you never know where it may lead you. I like reading about my favorite artists and who their influences are and then listening to those artists. It really does open up doors a bit and the chance to explore.  Taking risks is fun too.  That's how I learned about Symphonic Metal.

I honestly don't know what the point is of this post.  Would someone care to tell me? HA HA
As I said I haven't been doing my daily journal writes and so I guess this is my download of wandering thoughts and also given the subject matter of the story I'm writing it makes sense. Music is very important part of the story I'm writing.

I will be so happy when I can just plug my brain into the computer and my thoughts just show up on a page.  It will make writing a book so much easier especially when I have really good scenes or dialogue that I always seem to not get right when I finally do write it down.

I guess the point I am trying to make is to share the music you love with others.  Spread it around which is what I try to do by posting the albums I'm currently listening to on my website.  Honestly, the page would have a lot more albums on it but my listening habits are kind of wacky. 

I don't listen to music like most people do and I tend to hear things that others don't. As a matter of fact I was listening to a Joe Bonmassa album and was lost in my writing when the words in the song caught my attention and I thought to myself, "Wow, I really like Paul Rodger's voice on this song."  The only problem was I wasn't listening to Paul Rodgers. I was still listening to the Joe Bonamassa CD. I actually got up and tracked the song backwards to make sure I heard what I did.  Sure enough there was a certain section of the song where Joe sounded like Paul Rodgers.  Paul Rodgers has a distinct voice but it was one of those cool, freaky things that happen. 

Alright, enough rambling from me. Take care and rock on!

~Maynard









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