“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit and never dies”
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
This quote rings so true. For Dave and I music is such an important part of who we are and what has shaped us throughout our lives.
Dave has the holistic and more classical approach from learning to play piano by ear, singing solos in the St Albans school chapel, playing the guitar, compiling ditties of his own and appreciating music across all genres, even obscure Afrikaans rock.
For me music, singing and dancing are an integral part of who I am. I have always said that if school work was set to music I would have been an A+ student. From a young age I sang in the school choir and took part in musicals, as well as did every kind of dancing possible, ballet, modern, tap, Scottish, country I loved the the freedom of expression they all gave me. For music though, growing up in the 80’s, there is a clear winning genre – rock! Guns ‘n Roses, Violent Femmes, Pearljam, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Journey the list goes on…
This passion driven by each of us in our own way has come through in our little boy. He has a musical soul which he displays in his DJ antics at his CD player, the drums he plays made from all manner of kitchenware with wooden spoons as drumsticks, his unique dance moves and love of all music types always played as loudly as he can get away with.
I remember our home growing up being filled with music and it’s through my Dad that my love for, and appreciation of, music developed. Holiday road trips were made memorable by listening to cassette tapes of Paul Simon, The Eagles and loads more seventies and eighties stars. We took these songs and put on endless shows which my parents and extended group of family and friends supported wholeheartedly. I of course was always lead choreographer and singer!
We have already experienced one or two concerts with Oliver and friends and look forward to many years filled with loads more! What a joy to share your love of something with your child and to see how it manifests in them. Such a privilege!