I get inspired from music. I also believe I was largely taught many life lessons by music. I remember when I got my first radio / cassette player. I couldn’t have been any older than 6 or 7. It was a silver, narrow upright model. I can’t remember the brand name but I am pretty sure it was a no name model. I tried to Google an image for a late 1970’s AM/FM cassette player but nothing familiar turned up (you get the idea I am sure).
As a child, I listened to music incessantly; I remember Casey Kasem’s American top 40, local radio rock stations in Montreal and of course CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – public radio). Many songs of course had themes of love lost, hard times, and others of personal triumphs. I learned the words to many of those songs not knowing the meaning behind them. As I got older, the words to some of those songs stuck with me and the meanings of them slowly revealed themselves as I matured and could relate to them.
I made many road trips with my parents growing up. Their car had an 8-track player. It had a mixture of music ranging from Simon and Garfunkel to ABBA and was heavy on the country music side. I remember singing along in the car to many country songs.
My son (age 5) now has his own MP3 player and he too listens to music a lot! His night time routine is to play his music before he goes to bed. I often hear it still playing long after he has fallen asleep. I managed to find a picture of his player.
I find it remarkable how quickly kids pick up the words to song. My son is in a French emersion school and many of his lessons are learning through music. He learned the days of the week, his letters and numbers in French by singing them. I can’t believe I remember this – but here is a an old clip from the TV show “Happy Days” that shows how some people learn better with music (10 minutes):
I need to put more thought into his music list. His playlist currently has a mixture of children’s song in English and French as well as a couple of Celtic and top 40 tunes. I will post an update shortly with a list of his music – I also welcome any suggestions! 🙂