Remember record albums? I used to love to get a new album. To rip off the plastic covering, and read the back. The inside cover sometimes had the song lyrics on it, and I loved to sit there and pore over the poetry of the lyrics while listening to the songs over and over.
I would absorb songs, singing them over and over, until they became a part of me.
I miss those days. I miss having that kind of free time. LOL
Anyway, I love music. I love singing. I started singing in choirs in the 5th grade. When I was asked to join a volunteer choir in 2003 and travel to Russia to sing Handel's Messiah, it changed my life forever, because that was when I met my daughter in her orphanage.
My mom was a professional singer in the 1950's, singing for weddings, soloist for the Men's Glee Club at UGA, doing USO shows.
Her parents, Mamaw and Papaw Hasty, were both musical. Mamaw could play the piano and sing. Papaw could play a country fiddle when he was young, and he loved to play music and dance. [He got kicked out of the Baptist Church in Cherokee County for dancing, which always amused him.]
We have had musical talent in our family for several generations now, including my great grandmother Jennie MacMillan's family - Mom said they always sang as a family, in harmony, and it was always fun to visit the MacMillan home when she was a child.
About 8 months ago I had a lovely lunch with my cousin Linda Harris and her husband Bry. They formed the Parrot Island Band a few years ago, and they play Jimmy Buffett and other songs, and generally make a festive island vibe kinda music.
I remember when I first heard Linda was playing that type of music, on steel drums. I remember her practicing piano for hours when we were teens. I thought she was going to be a classical pianist. Didn't turn out that way. She is just a gifted musician, like her parents, who are in their 80's and still singing in their church choir.
Bry and Linda made the long drive from Acworth on New Year's Eve to play for my mom's 80th birthday, which was awesome.
They now have a professionally-produced CD, Parrot Island Ukelele. Bry is a gifted songwriter and it looks to be a wonderful CD to play if you're in the mood to chill out.
If you want to know more, check out Twenty Questions with Bry Harris.
[He is also a Presbyterian minister and really awesome at relating to people in a meaningful way, a gift that many ministers don't have, unfortunately.]
I am pondering getting a ukelele, but I will fall far, far short of Linda or Bry's talent, but I may get one, one of these days...