Music blesses me daily. The quality of my life is magnified by and through music.
I need to make one thing very clear. I am not a great musician. I am an amateur in every sense of the word. A chorister in a wonderful church choir, who with the support of others, is able to make a joyful noise. I am also able to participate in a contemporary worship service. They let me stand in the rear with the band and sing back up! It is fun!
I met my wife, Sue, in high school through music. It is something we have always shared. We played French Horn together in the “Erie Junior Philharmonic Orchestra”. She went on to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, followed by a Master’s Degree. We have been singing together in church choirs since eleventh grade. 42 years so far! It is a common destination for us. A destination both physically and emotionally. Every Thursday night (rehearsal), and every Sunday morning, we sing… together.
I grew up with music all around me. My grandmother gave me violin, and later viola lessons. My mother was an accomplished violinist, and my step-father a cellist. It became obvious to me that my future as a profession was not in music, because of my nerves and stage fright. I could not perform in front of people, but I can and do feel comfortable in a choir with others around me.
As an adult, I have been taking piano lessons. It is a slow and laborious process, but I do make progress. I have a very patient teacher (God Bless Her)! Piano is also something I can do for me… for my consumption. I can sit down at the end of the day and unwind with a friend; Bach, Mozart, Schumann, or Chopin.
Through the support of others I am able to participate in the creation of some wonderful music. It is a joy Sue and I share. We feel so fortunate on our musical journey. We know we are blessed.