Music: Just for “Those” People

My brother’s can sing!  I mean really sing.  They have both been in bands, write music, play instruments, can work sound boards, and have traveled the country sharing their talent with audiences.  And me?  Well I used to play the flute in the high school band.

I guess since I can’t sing I figure music isn’t really my thing.  Though I do long to get my flute back out, and play, I have a million excuses of why I can’t.  Kids, work, husband, house, and I am not as talented as my brothers.

Isn’t musical talent reserved for those who can share with the world?  What good would it be to play for my kids?

A Dream

I got my flute out the other day and imagined playing it in a local orchestra.  In a college town not far away, musicians play in a community orchestra.  Last summer I heard them play in an outdoor park.  It was so much fun.  My daughter and I packed a basket of cheese and crackers, two small bottles of wine, grabbed a blanket, and enjoyed an outdoor symphony.

I imagined myself up there playing.  I used to be pretty good.  I enjoyed playing.  I enjoyed the freedom playing music gave me.  It freed a part of my soul.  I even won plenty of first place awards in competitions in high school.

So I am older, it’s too late to play now.  Isn’t it?  I mean what would people think if I got my flute rebuilt, and started playing.  At first they might think I was having a mid-life crisis, and then they might think I was wasting my time because what does playing my flute have to do with my administrative job.

But, I can see myself.  I am playing.  My foot is tapping.  A part of who I am is enjoying life again, and I am expressing a part of me that has been dead for a long time.

What if musical talent is only used for my family?

What if I play the flute again, but never play in the community orchestra?  Will it be a waste?

What if I play only for my family?  Is there merit in that?

Yes!  If someone, even one person, appreciates our music then it is worth it.  Our family is an important part of who we are, so why wouldn’t it be worth it to just play for them.  If we can’t play for them, then how will we ever play for anyone else.

Playing music for our family gives us the opportunity to experience creativity together.  If we have musical talent it needs to be shared, because it’s a part of who we are.  If we share then we give others the freedom to share as well.  We will never know if we have the next Mozart in our home if we don’t give our children the freedom to express their talent.

When we express our musical talent we will spark creative ideas and imagination in other ways.  Perhaps the music will give someone an idea for a drawing, a story, or inspire them to try something new.  Will expressing our talent then be important?  Absolutely!

Something else will happen–the freedom to express yourself in a way that is yours will develop, and so will your personality.

This is important.  Perhaps I wasn’t made to play the flute in front of an audience, but I was made to play it.  If I play at home I will experience a freedom to express myself in a new way.  This will in turn give me courage to play more, will stimulate more creativity, and develop my personality.

I have noticed this with my writing.  The more I write the more free I feel to explore other areas of creativity.  I have noticed I am more bold at work to bring up new ideas, and that my job is developing to where I am the “go-to” person for creating new documents.  Not earth-shattering, but something that is important to me.

The world is a hard place to live in.  A 5 second review of the news will tell you that.  Looking at your life will tell you that.  Life is short.  We only get one chance at this folks.  This is your life we are talking about.  Let’s add some music to it.  Our music.  Even if my dog is the only one who enjoys my music then it’s worth it.  Because then I can express a part of who I am, my creativity will be sparked, and for those brief moments in my life I will be free.

Go!  Today is the day.  I am going to find a music store to find out who can refurbish my flute.  What can you do?

To be continued…..

Marcy Pedersen


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