I am listening to music and thinking about how when I was younger music was a much bigger part of my life than it is currently and how maybe it is time to bring it back into my life more.

Music could be used to tell someone how you felt about them, especially if you were shy. It could be used to comfort you.  And music could even be used to entertain yourself; either by singing wherever you happened to be listening to or by singing loudly (and badly) while out partying with friends.

I was always involved in music in school, from 5th & 6th grade choir to chorus in Jr. High through chorus and singing in an all girls group in high school.  The only talent show I was ever in at school had me singing with two of my friends – admittedly I didn’t have “stage fright” so it looked like it was me with two back up singers.

I went to many concerts when I was younger, at least two or three a month during the summer and couldn’t even imagine a time when I wouldn’t go to one; music was that important to me.

Over the years I have sung in church choirs, at people’s weddings, sung to sweet hubby at our reception and have even been asked to come to Sweet Adelines (Ladies Barbershop style a Capella)  which so far I  have declined.

I think that might be why this latest influx of movies that center around music (Pitch Perfect, Jersey Boys, Walk the Line, Rock of Ages, Burlesque and soon to come out Get on Up) are ones that are always on my “must watch” list.   It doesn’t matter how many times they come on the TV, as soon as it gets to the singing parts I am right there, singing right along with gusto – even if I still don’t remember all the words.    I don’t consider them musicals like we did the many that Disney has produced over the years, but rather they are more like movies that have an amazing soundtrack.  And after all isn’t that the very best part of the movie?

How many times do you find yourself humming a song or even singing out loud, especially if you are by yourself? When you think about it, how much is music a part of your life?   I know it is still a part of my life and it always will be.


Straight No Chaser

that is group that I will be seeing tonight at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.  My nephew had posted about them on Facebook and so being the curious sort that I am, I headed over to YouTube and searched.  I found a video of them performing at YouTube headquarters and watched all 42 minutes of it.  My favorite song was The Christmas Can-Can which can be found at 17:30 mark in this video: Straight No Chaser in concert at YouTube it is really funny.  (fast forward past the interview for more singing)

This was a present from my girls – chauffeured by the youngest one, out for dinner at a restaurant (not sure of the name) that I think is Italian, and then the concert.  Of course, the oldest one won’t be here as she is hard at work in NYC and won’t be home for the holidays till the 21st.

Today started with picking a couple of our friends up at the airport.  They were coming in from Hawaii where they had gone for their 25th anniversary.  Lots of little interesting stories on the ride home and I am sure the next time we get together we will hear some more.

So, my day will be long – I think that I will be taking a nap this afternoon – but it will end with this concert and that will be really fun!!  I can hardly wait!