I think I had an unusual experience with music when I was growing up. I was exposed to music that most kids my age wouldn't have listened to. Honestly I never liked rock and roll. I know that there were just a thousand "gasps" out there in bloggerland. But for one thing, I could never understand the lyrics. Even today, my kids laugh at me when I try to sing along to rock songs, because I never get the lyrics right. But I also wasn't fond of the actual music. I was used to a higher level of "musicality". By that I mean that I was used to music that was very complex, such as Mozart's music. I learned to play the piano, and tried to learn classical music. That was the kind of music I preferred. I also grew up in a musical family, and had a father with a beautiful singing voice. I just couldn't bear the voices of most rock and roll artists. They simply didn't have a good enough voice in my opinion. My parents era was the 1940's, and I have to confess that I preferred the music from their generation. We had music books in our home that had music from the 40's. I learned to play much of it, and I sang the lyrics as well. Even today, I love those classic songs and find myself singing those lyrics. I also learned songs from even earlier generations. I still love songs like "Melancholy Baby", and "Bidin' My Time". So as a teenager, for me rock and roll was really not enticing.
As an adult I have come to love many kinds of music. I am drawn to jazz, opera, and soulful music. I admit that I do love the Beatles, but who doesn't? And for some reason I LOVE Gavin DeGraw! I'm not typically a country music fan, but I love Willie Nelson. Go figure. I know, people would argue that Willie Nelson doesn't have a good voice, but he has a great jazz quality to his music. (Jazz/country? Yea, it works.) I'm very snobbish about opera. Although I don't consider myself an opera expert, I have very high expectations. I am not crazy about artists like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Grobin. Frankly, I feel they have a "machine gun" vibrato, and I don't like that sound. So you question why I would like Willie Nelson, but not Andrea Bocelli and Josh Grobin. I can't answer that, I just know Willie gets me every time. :)
Finally, I have a bit of music to share with you. This is a video that was made several years ago. I wanted to share a bit of Christmas with some friends, so had my daughter video me playing some Christmas music. I've posted this before, but this seems like the perfect time to share it again. Merry Christmas to you all!
And just for kicks, here is one with my husband and I together.