THIS PAST week I have been practicing like crazy with all of my piano students in preparation for our Holiday Sing Along party. Oh—what’s that, you ask? Well- it’s an idea I’ve had for many years and I am just now making it happen. All of my students learn a holiday song or – a classic rock type of anthem- for everyone to sing along too. I’ll order pizzas and the parents will bring wine and desserts and then we’ll gather around the piano and sing songs together. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
As I’ve been practicing, I keep thinking how cool it is to plan an entire party around music. The kids are working super hard and the greatest part is it’s for a… well… a cause! Ok maybe that sounds silly, but what I mean is that it’s not just for the happiness of one person (the student) or the approval of one person (me) but it’s purpose is to bring people together to sing songs and celebrate a magical time of year.
It got me thinking of all the reasons we play music. I mean, you have to ask yourself this question sometimes, because music learning is hard work. It can take years to really feel comfortable at the piano, so why do we do it? I can only speak for myself here, but I would so love it if you would chime in and tell me why you do it. If you could think of one reason why you play music, please post a comment here.
I play music for work, but my real motivation is more emotional than that. Music balances my mind and provides a release for me. Sometimes I just like to play at night to wind down from a busy day. It provides a similar effect as meditation. It’s also cathartic- when things are bumming me out, I pull out the Fake Book and search for songs that speak to my worries. After a good cry and a sing along, I usually feel much better! It’s stronger than Prozac without all the side effects.
What about you? Name one reason why you play music. Any reason at all. I’ll do a random drawing and the winner will get a FREE private piano lesson from your’s truly. Just comment. That’s all you have to do! Tell me why you play music…