Thursday, May 28, 2009

What instrument (or other new thing!) are you adding to your "repetoire"?

As mentioned in my "E-news" of updates and events schedule, the ukulele was something new (for me!) that I recently got up the nerve to add to my performances. Total fun. I was a little nervous about introducing something new to my established format. But considering how rewarding it can be to try something new, I would say it was well worth it. And, come on.. the ukulele? You gotta love it!

Somehow, it brought up memories of taking up the violin when I was in the 4th grade. My dad had his old violin just sitting there gathering dust. There was an orchestra (of sorts!) at my elementary school, with Mr. Mareno. Why not? I gave it a shot. Mr. Mareno, through no fault of his own, I'm sure, turned out to be not the most patient guide for young aspiring artists. I remember the blackboard erasers and pieces of chalk launched at my fellow neophytes when we missed the mark. Not long after, I abandoned my violin career.

What are your music memories? What kept you going?


  1. My earliest music-listening memories are from early elementary school (mid-'80s), when I put on my favorite Tiffany or Debbie Gibson tape in the front room and made my parents listen to me singing with it. I was totally planning on being Debbie Gibson when I grew up. :-)

    My mom also tells me that I was singing along to some Billy Joel album or another when I was about 3 years old, so I take her word for that.

    What I do know is that my entire life, growing up, there was *always* at least one radio on in the house. I'm so thankful to have parents that love music as much as I do. :-)

  2. Supportive, music-loving parents who were also your ready-and-willing audience. Awesome. Makes me want to see some video footage of you singing up a storm!