Jun. 2nd, 2011


Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:00 am
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I've been kind of lax with the whole Happiness Project. I think it takes more time than I have. Also, other things have come up. But I have a focus for June - music.

I have always loved music. I suppose I love music in the same generic sort of way that everyone loves music, but it was always a big part of my life growing up. I took private piano lessons for ten years, and I've sung in choirs and substituted on worship teams, so I have a bit of a background. And I don't quite know how to explain this, but some of you will get it - I think like a musician. The mindset that it takes is how my brain works. I just haven't done anything recently (i.e., for the past couple of years). And I miss it. As soon as I read one Rubin's goals with her children - "Sing in the morning" - I ached for it. It's the same ache I feel when I hear certain friends sing or when they played recordings of Mr. Currie's piano arrangements at his funeral or when I hear someone play the piano in the Union. So much of my early identity was wrapped up in music that when it's not around, it leaves a hole that nothing else can fill.

So how do I get restarted?

1. 30 Day Song Challenge. Several of my Facebook friends have been doing this, and I've enjoyed hearing the things that they post. So I'm jumping on the bandwagon. Yesterday's prompt was "Your Favorite Song," so naturally, I chose this:

2. Seek out the music of others. This is where being at UNT will come in handy. There are hoardes of recitals and concerts, and most of them are free. It's summer, so there may not be as many around, but we have a great local music scene as well. I originally planned to do this in March, when I was going to spend a week in Memphis, but I think having a less busy month will make it easier.

3. Find a way to play. I don't have a keyboard, and it's going to be a while before I can afford one. Also, I am super shy when it comes to playing in front of others, especially now that I'm so out of practice. But there has to be a solution. My goal this month is to seek it and find it.
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