The Music Of My Life
“The way we did it was honest. We played it and sang it the way we felt it, and there’s a whole lot to be said for that.”
-Johnny Cash (Near the end of his life at 71.)
To say that music has been a big part of my life flies in the face of the obvious. It has often be pointed out that the only way I can “carry a tune” is across the room on sheet music! I am tone deaf and not just a little off key. In the sixth grade our music teacher, preparing the class for a choral presentation to be staged for our parents, told me to just “mouth the words but don’t actually sing!”
None-the-less there has been a song in my heart and a tune in my head for as long as I can remember. When I was five years old I used to sit in the upstairs hallway, my ear against my older sister’s bedroom door, listening to the records she played over and over. By the time I was twelve I was sneaking into her room when she was out to play those records myself.
I discovered stereo and electronics and I build my own sound booth. I learned about multi-track reel-to-reel recorders and mixing and eventually I became a disc jockey. I volunteered for the university radio station, filled in shifts for a “real” DJ at the city station, and worked part time for a live DJ company playing weddings, banquets, and parties.
Perhaps the range of music I enjoy and my fascination with piano and guitar (although I can’t play either) has something to do with an inner search to find something I could play and sing. The passion, the sadness, the reverie, of that inner song still wants to be released.
The drop-down menu below the Music tab above contain blog post categories referring to the songs of my life and the memories they bring. I’ll post from time to time and, where possible, I’ll included a YouTube link to the song I reference. Those YouTube posts don’t always remain and I’ll try to keep them live so you can share in the songs and your own memories.
Please feel free to post your comments and share your thoughts with me and others.
“I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel. You were famous; your heart was a legend. You told me again you preferred handsome men but, for me, you would make an exception… ‘Well, never mind. We are ugly, but we have the music!'”
-Leonard Cohen (From Chelsea Hotel #2, remembering, and quoting, Janis Joplin.)