Friday, December 26, 2008

Music for everyone.

"Throughout most of the world and for most of human history, music making was as natural an activity as breathing and walking, and everyone participated. Singing and dancing were a natural activity in every body's lives, seamlessly integrated and involving everyone." This fact intrigues me, since we now pay lots of money in the USA to hear "professionals" perform. When did we decide that music was not for everyone or that only the chosen few were worthy to express themselves musically?

Personally, I still think music is a natural expression that is intended for everyone. I was reminded of this point earlier this week. We were driving home from the grocery store and enjoying some Christmas music. The next thing I knew, two children, four stuffed animals, and one mom were all singing Jingle Bells at the top of their lungs. We each had our own style and rhythm going, but together we were certainly making a joyful song! It made me smile to share that creative and fun moment with them, and I found myself thinking how many people miss out on that kind of experience. They aren't comfortable singing just for the fun of singing, yet they want their children to enjoy music. Children learn by example, so get out there and share some music together. They won't care whether your singing is perfect. It's sure to be music to their ears!

Merry Christmas!

Excerpt quoted from "This Is Your Brain On Music" by Daniel J. Levitin

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