There have been times in my life where I've said to those who were with me “if I died tonight, I’d die happy”!!!
Most of them have been after seeing a musical artist. Like The Waifs with my sister; Kasey Chambers, again with my sister & niece; Ben Harper (solo) with Plumbing Boy; Glen Hansard with my mate K; Archie Roache with my Aunt, & just last week Mumford & Sons (with my mate K). These are the gigs that spring to mind immediately.
I am sure that there have been moments with family & loved ones that may have elicited a similar response, but nothing stirs my heart & soul like music!!!
My day is filled with listening to music - while working; while driving in my car, while running &/or working out & on the weekends at home while doing stuff. I rarely live in silence!
For as long as I can remember there has been music in my life. My Dad used to play his guitar each night & sing my sister & I to sleep from as young as I can remember. Lullabies earlier, then English/Irish folk music (think Bob Dylan, blowing in the wind; Clancy Brothers, the wild colonial boy; The Furys, Belfast Mill) as well as contemporary Aussie music (from the time – think the Seekers – Morningtown ride!)
I learned piano & guitar in primary school; continued with piano into high school, had a few singing lessons, sang with my Dad in local concerts; sang at church, sang at youth group, around a camp fire (yes I know all the words to Kumbya) sang in the car with the family.
Singing in public stopped after I left school & these days it’s mainly in the car. Although since we've moved into the new house, my piano has been dusted off & I'm attempting to remember how to play (which of course means singing along).
There are so many amazing artists out there, who have such a way with words that have a profound effect on me. Sometimes the hair on my arms stand up, sometimes I am moved to tears. Sometimes I feel pure unadulterated joy & my heart soars!
So. Who floats your musical boat???