Now that I’m focusing on music more than on writing fiction, I have to ask myself, “Should I continue to blog?” It seems that musicians don’t blog. And ever since I switched my focus, I’ve noticed that readers seem to have disappeared. 🙂
Writers scour the internet looking for tips and anything that will move them forward in writing and publishing and gaining a readership. I’ve now been at it long enough that I seem to be one of the “old-timers.” There are so many new writers out there hungry for information.
But what about musicians? Where are they? Apparently, they’re playing or writing music. Their hands are busy. 🙂
Yet, I must blog because besides my love for music, I’m also a writer. I chose to focus on writing before and my music was neglected. Now is the time for music.
My current class is about harmony and ear training. I remember my elementary school music teacher calling up my mother and telling her that I must play an instrument. “She has such a good ear for music,” she said. My mother (who is not musical) thought musical instruments were far too expensive, but the teacher insisted the school would provide one.
So what did I choose? The violin. Ugh. Guitars and the Beatles were all the rage but a guitar in music class was unheard of. But the violin and I never clicked. I’d received a small electric organ for my seventh birthday and I loved playing that.
Anyway, there I was in violin class, which I tried to avoid with the excuse that my E string broke when, in fact, the E string was not even in use in class. Ha! And then when my parents watched the Lawrence Welk show, well, whenever they showed the string section I held my breath, hoping my mother wouldn’t ask if I’d practiced that day. 🙂
I soon moved on to the piano when a neighbor sold theirs to us at a very reasonable price, but I disliked starting out with such boring songs. I regret now that I didn’t stick with it back then. My step dad taught me a few chords on the guitar but sore fingers and the awkwardness of positioning the instrument, well, I soon tossed that aside, too.
I tried playing the piano again when I was in my twenties, but didn’t stick with it. I regret that also. I’m loving it now so maybe I’m just ready. But I have to say, the type of instruction I’m getting is far more relevant and that’s what I needed all along. Or maybe playing the keys in the context of writing music is more appealing to me.
In high school I sang in the choir and performed as a soloist. But after that, my singing was reserved for driving my car with the windows rolled down, radio blasting, and singing in church. People around me complimented me on my voice.
I did join a singing group in my twenties with my ex, but he was super competitive (with me) and totally ruined that. I soon dropped out.
When my super supportive soul mate husband and I moved to Las Vegas, I started taking voice lessons. My vocal coach, who was starring in Mamma Mia!, said I had a great ear for music. There we go again – compliments about my ear. Well, that ear is paying off in this class. The final assignment will be creating a blues riff and I’m looking forward to working on that.
And then back to songwriting class. I think that now that I’ve had this harmony/ear training class that it will move me along in songwriting. And then, of course, music production. It’s far too reminiscent of immersing myself in technology as a technical writer (been doing that far too long and hoping to take a break from that) but it’s important to know how to produce your own music today.
By the end of the year, I hope to have written/produced a real song and along with that, earned a certificate in Modern Musicianship.
And just like The Daring Novelist blogs about her writing progress, so I, too, blog about my music progress. I like her attitude. She inspires me. So I, too, will adopt her motto:
“Daring to live life as a full time writer, with or without success.”
Changing it to read:
“Daring to live life as an artist, with or without success…”