A job fell in my lap 10 years ago, and I found myself tasked with teaching children to love classical music. I was handed a dusty curriculum that was boring to me, the teacher. But I was trusted by great administrators and allowed to do my own thing. Over time I developed effective methods, and kids left my classes actually requesting their parents play classical music at home.
A decade later, I am still teaching kids to love classical music. I’ve honed a few thoughts along the way, and I finally decided to create a little internet nook of my very own as a place to share those thoughts. Because, as a great theologian once said:
“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
So, with a deep breath and slight twitch in my eye, I am choosing to leave my Forest and venture into the wild, wild, web. I want to share some music, some thoughts, some perspective I think will make your life just a bit more rich. It’s my way of pushing against the creep of the world and hopefully adding a reflection of the Creator along the way. Music is one of God’s greatest gifts.
At this point, it is crucial to note I am not a serious music person. I love Tchaikovsky and I love Taylor. I love music from the 1780s and the 1980s. Mozart and Men Without Hats. “Figaro” and “Safety Dance.”
There is room around the harpsichord for everyone.
(In fact, I fear the fancy music people sometimes scare away the rest of us by waxing theoretical about the subtle differences in the adagio and the allegro, and blah, blah, blah. Classical music isn’t scary, and we shouldn’t feel intimated by it. I will give you simple thoughts and fun stories about great music. Think of me as the Rachael Ray of classical music. I am an untrained chef, but I promise a delicious dinner will be on the table.)
And because life is more than just composers and concertos, I’ll be writing about other things as well. Like my obsession with travel, the fact that I love to cook but never do, and my secret trick for finishing the last 50 pages of a great book (okay, not so secret: you hide in the closet). I have a husband and children. I have a house. I write and sing songs. I might talk about those things too.
Also, I know zero about coding and computer-y things. HTML is not my native tongue. If things ever look wonky, let’s just call that a learning curve. In fact, I just happen to have a photo of what I look like when I’m trying to do all those computer-y things:
It’s a charming look, no?
In closing, a question:
Off the top of your head, name the most controversial, rule-breaking, ahead-of-his-time musician you can think of.
Are you thinking of this guy?
Come back Monday.