Inspired by Moorea Seal’s personal musical story, I decided to share mine.
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned my love for music on my blog, have I? Ever since I was little (4 years old) I was captivated by the sound of the flute. My parents at the time were a little worried that it might be a temporary thing, so instead of flute lessons they put me on recorder lessons. I did those for four years, until my teacher told my parents that I had played through every book, every ensemble in sight and that it was time to give me what I wanted! I had my first flute lessons from a women who taught at home and she was wonderful. Her husband taught the recorder and their house was always filled with music, students and instruments. Around that time I also joined a youth orchestra which was amazing. Because the only thing better than making music is making it with others!
I think around the time when I was twelve I decided I had enough of playing. I was becoming a real teenager and playing classical music just wasn’t cool enough. After a few years in high school my niece (who’s three months younger than me and who I used to hang out with a lot) decided she wanted to learn how to play the guitar. That sounded way cooler than playing the flute, so I joined her group class for beginners. After two weeks my teacher saw that I was extremely bored, knowing all the notes already and playing by myself, so he suggested I switch from the group to private lessons. I had that teacher for a few years and he was awesome. We found out that we shared a love for the band K’s Choice and started playing a lot of their music, and going to their concerts together. It was a blast! In the meantime I had turned 18 and my parents thought it was time for me to pay for my own lessons. I had no way of paying for those so sadly, I quit.
Fast forward a couple of years, where I was still occasionally playing the guitar but mostly just for fun, I had moved out of my parent’s house for a while, and was ready to buy my own place. With this new found adulthood I decided it was time to pick up the flute again. I purchased an el-cheapo one off Ebay and just started playing again. Even though my technique was terrible, I still remembered how to play; it was like riding a bike! When I moved to a new city I found out there were a couple of music schools in the area, and I signed up for lessons. My teacher was a flute player, but he wasn’t into classical music at all; his main instrument was a saxophone! Captivated by the jazzy sound of the instrument and with playing jazz music, which I had never done before, I bought a second-hand saxophone. That thing was awesome! I had no idea I could produce so much sound all on my own. It was amazing, but again, I had to quit because I couldn’t afford the lessons anymore.
Fast forward a couple more years and I have sold a lot of my instruments. I used to own a lot (a violin, a piano, a drum kit, three flutes, 6 recorders, two guitars, a bodhran and some irish whistles) and my house was filled to the brim! But currently I ‘only’ own my electric guitar that I bought when I was 16; my classical guitar that my parents gifted me around the same age which I LOVE; a couple of recorders and alto recorders (they were my first love, of course) and my beloved flute. I sold the el-cheapo one when I wanted to really take making music seriously, and am now the owner of a beautiful open-holed Yamaha flute with a silver head joint. I even tried going to Berklee for one summer but unfortunately, life happened and so Berklee never did.
If you aks me what my one dream is, it’s definitely music. I would love love love to go to music school and really develop my talent and just play!
Who knows, one day :)
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