I grew up surrounded by music lovers. My Mom started to play the piano at three and never stopped. And though my Dad was tone deaf he still had a very defined taste of music. On trips we would play classical music from Hadyn and Mozart and a bunch more. While listening to them we would often collaborate on the story the song was telling. Sometimes there were dragons and swords, other times it was a dismal story of lost love. Those trips were such a memorable part of my childhood.
It was things like these that made me into a music lover. My heart beats a little faster when Mozart's Requiem plays. I also spent many after-noons listening to the symphony. I would scoot a little closer to close my eyes. I would pick out each instrument and imagine the emotion of the player. I would imagine how it was physically being played, then I would open my eyes and watch the conductor. He would look and I would look. Each hand motion was an instruction for me to identify the instrument. It was pure magic. Two hours went by far too fast. And it all makes me wish I could go back
I use to have dreams that I was playing the piano in Carnegie hall. I would be all alone and so involved in the music that I envisioned it floating around me. A magical dream that will never be. I am not an incredible pianist. I am actually quite horrible. But the music is still very much apart of me.
I have seen many plays full of incredible sets, characters and beautiful story lines. But most of all, gorgeous music. And I get caught up in it.
I find myself more focused on the orchestra pit than the actual play. It enchants me. When we saw Les Mis in San Fran. I realized how absolutely talented these musicians are. And even though these vocalists are incredible, the orchestra pit still has my heart. No other form of entertainment can truly offer the kid of emotion that a live orchestra offers. Many times I will get caught up in other media. Maybe it is pop music, main stream movies or witty T.V. shows. Any yet, when I turn on a symphony I am reminded of the truly incredible story an orchestra can tell. Don't you ever wonder why the most incredible soundtracks are made with a full orchestra? Go to a symphony and you will see. And I believe that Les Mis (musical and movie) is only as incredible as it is because of the music. That is what has made it legendary. A movie on Les Mis without the music would be useless.
Though I love other forms of entertainment I am pleased to look for a musically talented composer or artist. And they are out there. I still love country music. But I cannot wait until I get to pick out the trombone or the viola or the