For Valentine's Day, James bought me an ipod touch. I have been wanting one of these since they came out, but I couldn't justify buying it when I had a perfect ipod nano already. So I was very surprised when he gave it to me.
For some reason I can only use the itunes on James' mac with this new ipod, so it's taken me a while to put music on it. Over the past few days I have been going through my hundreds of Cd's and loading them in my ipod.
I have had music playing all day every day this week. It has made me think about how important music is in my life.
Music has a great affect on my mood. I have noticed that I start to feel depressed if I don't listen to music everyday. There's a few songs that will instantly change my mood just from the first few notes. I can feel so many emotions from music. It's so awesome.
I watched August Rush last week (amazing movie). For those of you who haven't seen it, it's about the power of music. Although I am not as talented making music as I would like, I have always felt a connection to it. I have sang in choirs all through my school years and still enjoy belting out a tune (when no one's around). There's nothing that makes me happier than going to church and having the chance to sing all of my favorite hymns.
I hope to teach my children how wonderful music is. Hearing little children sing is the sweetest thing ever. For my birthday, my nieces (with the help of my sister-in-law), who are 4 and 2, called and sang me a birthday song from primary. It was the greatest thing to hear. It made me happier than all the gifts and birthday wishes I received.
In college, I had a roommate who could hear a song and then sit down at the piano and play it note from note without reading any music. She had no piano lessons and had no idea how to read music. She wrote a beautiful song for President Hinckley. When she played this song, you could tell that he was the inspiration for it. It fit his personality perfectly. I have been so jealous of this talent. I would love to sit down and just play. I played the flute in high school, but I was too shy to play it. So I have lost that talent. I taught myself how to play the piano in middle school. Once I got married, I never touched the piano again. I am sure that if I worked at music I could get to the point where I feel comfortable playing in front of people. I would like to take voice and piano lessons, but once again I am too shy to sing out loud and I think I am too old to take lessons.
I guess until I get the courage, I will just enjoy the music that everyone else makes.