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What Music did you Grow Up With?

24 Nov

Thinking back to your early life, what music do you remember with affection?

I must have been born under a lucky star, for I was born in the mid 1950’s, and therefore grew up listening to some of the greatest, most enduring modern music.

Through the magic of the internet, I’ve just watched and listened to some of my all-time favourites. ‘Love is in the Air’, ‘The Carnival is Over’, ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘There’s a Kind of Hush’, ‘A World of Our Own’ to name just a few.

My husband Ronald Sharp the Sydney Opera House Organ builder tells me he’s only lately discovered some of these tunes, and loves them too. As a devotee of classical music, Ron’s glowing endorsement of these masterpieces of post 1950 reinforces my elevated opinion.

Our joy in this spills over to following an excellent, local band which performs these in an inspiring manner. Who can resist dancing, either on the floor or in spirit?

Can one overestimate the power and magic of music?

What Develops our Taste in Music?

8 Oct

Have you ever wondered why? Why does your taste in music differ from, say, your child’s, your neighbours’, or your work-mates’?

Is appreciation of music an instinctive reaction, or is it learned? Is it influenced, strongly or mildly, by peers, or other society?

If your taste differs markedly from your partner, friend, or relative, do you willingly, even proudly, tell them? Or do you take another other tack : say nothing, feign approval, or water down your true feelings?

Why do you like what you like? Is it within you, as an individual: or is it a response to your environment, partly or wholly?

Has your taste changed as the years passed? Do, or will, you love as a sixty year old what you despised as a sixteen year old? Will you reject in maturity what you embraced as a youngster?

Or will you love, perhaps with even greater intensity, what you loved all your life?

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The Magic of Music

3 Oct

What has greater influence on our moods than music?

I guess you can name many emotion-charged events, or even mundane activities,  that impact on your emotions, and yet….

Music is special, transcending above so much that is ordinary. What else can set our feet tapping, entice us to dance, put a smile on our face, make us burst into song, or even shed a tear: almost, if not quite, spontaneously?

What else can take us back to another time, another place, another interaction?

How many people love all types of music? How many enjoy just a few?

Does our taste in music reveal who we really are?

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