Higher education for music.
Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about how I started learning music when I was a kid. I started with piano lessons in elementary school, which quickly evolved into playing percussion in middle school and high school. Looking back, I realize how important it was that my parents encouraged my music lessons. I wasn’t the kind of kid that would have taken on music lessons without my parents encouragement. I was a kid. My idea of a well balanced breakfast was a bowlful of FruitLoops teetering on the arm of the couch while I watched Saturday morning cartoons. I had NO idea the benefits that an education in music would bring. My parents were even willing to give me a drum set when I was in high school. I can only imagine what that sounded like in the early days of trying to convince my hands and feet to do 4 different things at once. At one point, I even tried to “soundproof” my room in an effort to shield my family from the endless practicing. Somehow, I don’t think those heavy blankets hung around my room did anything to help the situation.
The funny thing is, I can’t remember my parents ever complaining about the noise. Sure, it annoyed my sisters, but we were always bugging each other back in those days. I guess what I’m trying to say is, be sure to thank the people who introduced you to music and told you that music is important, music is worth pursuing, and that it’s okay if you don’t sound perfect at the beginning – all you have to do is practice, practice, practice.
What is your favorite way to get a song UN-stuck from infinite loop in your head?
Saying the alphabet backwards? Holding your breath (or does that only work on hiccups)? Leave your favorites in the comments below. Interested to see what you all come up with!
First of all, thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth during the show. It was really fun to see familiar faces from last year and new faces from this year. I also need to thank Scot, Sally, Mash, And Jeremy for helping make TMEA happen for Odd Quartet. They are some of the best friends a webcomiker could have!
I wish I had more time to roam the exhibit hall floor, but the booth kept me more than occupied the entire show. There were some really cool booths that I got to see as I passed by them every morning. The VicFirth booth was across the aisle, and the RBC booth takes up about the size of a football field’s worth of sheet music and scores.
I loved hearing from Odd Quartet readers during the show and talking with some of you has given me some great ideas for OQ in 2014. Some of those ideas are for new products I can add to the store, and some ideas are for how the website as a whole can be improved for new readers just discovering Odd Quartet.
I can’t thank you enough for reading and sharing Odd Quartet with your friends and fellow music lovers. Thank you for supporting Odd Quartet and I hope to see you all again at TMEA next year!