Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Don't Forget the Music


Almost everyone has a story about Music in their lives.  It may be that your subject learned/played an instrument, sang, or had some other connection with music.  It may be a key part of your subject's story.

 

 
 
 
My family laugh at my efforts at music, especially singing - but with three talented singers in the family there was just not enough singing-genes to go around, so my talents lie elsewhere.
 
But I do have some stories about Music and Me. 
 
  1. One that came to mind when I accidentally found the above video on YouTube.  When I was nursing in Mount Gambier in South Australia in the early 1960's, Miss Winifred Atwell played at the Odeon Theatre - and I was one of the enthralled members of the audience.
  2. In 2008 in China on International Women's Day we had a full day of tours, speeches, and performances and much later a wonderful banquet, but the last performance was a group of Chinese dancers who invited members of the audience to join them in their dance at the end.  No one would do it.  I certainly didn't want to - as I was not dressed for dancing - jeans, heavy coat, sneakers etc, but in the end, as no one else would, I did so.  I couldn't manage the steps so "invented" my own - much to the amusement of all present, and huge embarrassment for me.  However, the best was to come!  Apparently it appeared on television that night!!  And the MC -a Chinese government official who I was later to meet on a regular basis for a short time, always wrote to me "Dear Blonde Disco Dancer......."
  3. In 2010 for International Women's Day, and again in China one of my friends and I were invited to perform. How funny - we made it to the stage and sang "I am Australian".
  
I love classical music and jazz.  Oh, how I love Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and many more.  I still have my collection of LP's from the 60's!!!
 
I am including a list of 5 - 10 of my favourite pieces of music in my story - and hope that if there is a memorial service for me that some of them will be played.
 

 
 
 
 
So, when you are writing about someone, don't forget the music.

6 comments:

peter petterson said...

Some great memories there Blondie.

Priya Shiva said...

Lovely post..you brought back so many memories and can't help but smile thinking about it :)

Barbara Bianchi said...

I always enjoy reading a story that includes music and especially song lyrics. I don't always know the authors intended melody, but it's fun to try and sing the words.
You're right, music is essential to everyone's story.

Anna Jeanine said...

LOVE music! Recently, I had to rent a car while my car was in the shop, and the rental car had Sirius radio stations. My son and I loved them!! My favorite station was the 70s one (that's my music era) but we tried out quite a few for variety.

Di Hill said...

Thank you Priya, Anna, Barbara and Peter for your comments.

~♥.Perfectly.Imperfect.Diva.♥~ said...

I love your memories and associations with music #remembering