Written for The Daily Prompt. What role does music play in your life?
The first song I ever recorded (on a reel-to-reel) was in the tune of “Frère Jacques”, but the lyrics were:
Spit the pits, spit the pits
Up and down my elbows, up and down my elbows
Drip, drip, drip. Drip, drip, drip.
I was 3 or 4 years old at the time. As a little girl, I sang every chance I got. I was in choir from kindergarten until I graduated from high school.
Twenty years ago (when I was 13), Celine Dion and Mariah Carey were my idols. I wanted so badly to be as famous as they were. Ten years ago, I still was saying, “I want to be a famous vocalist”, but I wasn’t doing anything to get me there.
I no longer want to be a celebrity, but I am now pursuing music in my free time. I collaborate with artists from around the world. As an example, I live in the midwest United States and I’m currently working with someone who lives in Germany. I’ve worked with 30-50 different people over the past 6 years; I’ve only met one of them.
So what role does music play in my life?
Music is sometimes an escape when I need to get my mind off of everything; I get lost in it. I can spend 4 or 5 hours in my studio and not realize it’s 2 o’clock in the morning until my husband comes in and reminds me that my body needs sleep. Music is my outlet.
Music also is a social “crutch” for me, per se. I was diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder when I was 20 years old, so discussing things I’m passionate about really help ease my nerves in social situations. When a topic I’m passionate about is brought up, I come alive. Most people enjoy music, right? Well, I capitalize on that. I make sure to mention that I write and record in my spare time. Most people immediately ask me how it works and they are usually amazed that I write music with people I have never – and probably will never – meet in person. It’s not narcissism; I just need to find an “in”… and music is usually that “in” for me.
Excitement is another thing music brings into my life – especially when I’m collaborating with someone on a new song. The way some tracks come together continues to astound me to this day. I simply can’t get enough of it, really. I may not be the most talented, but I won’t stop making music until I have to.
Fun fact: The title of my blog was inspired by a song I discovered just days before signing up to WordPress.