Action movie kid is freakin awesome!!!! Parenting done right.
At 0:55 seconds: I absolutely did that as a kid.
Judy Garland | Get Happy (Summer Stock, 1950)
Water has always had a calming effect on me. The sound of rain, the smell of the ocean, the weightless feeling of floating…
For the past four years, I have been planning on being a music teacher. Yesterday afternoon, I changed my major to a History major. It doesn’t sound like a huge change, but it is a huge change for me. My family hasn’t exactly been supportive of my change, because they think I’m quitting music altogether. Music and singing has made a huge impact on my life, and I just wanted to take a moment and list some of the great things music has done for me.
1. It taught me discipline - If you want to have a kick ass performance, or play really difficult pieces, you need to practice, and dedicate time and energy into your craft. You can’t just assume that because you have some talent that it’ll all just fall together. Natural born talent is one thing, but having the discipline to sit down and practice, even though it’s frustrating and tedious, then you have the power to succeed.
2. It gave me confidence - I started out being the worst singer in the choir. As I worked harder and as time went on, I gradually got better and better. Soon, I was conducting choirs and running rehearsals, and I couldn’t believe that I had what it took to command the attention of up to sixty people on one stage. Before music, I didn’t know how to make my opinions or presence known in a respectful and helpful manner. Plus, it takes a lot of courage to sing in front of an audience of upwards of one hundred people. I would’ve never done that if it wasn’t for how comfortable music made me feel around people. Music taught me to be comfortable and confident in my own skin.
3. It taught me how to express my emotions in a healthy way - This is possibly the most important out of the dozens of ways music has helped me. Before I started to sing, I had no idea how to vocalize how I was feeling. I felt like I didn’t have anyone to relate to. Then, I started singing and suddenly, I felt like I wasn’t alone anymore. I felt like I had so many people I could relate to, and that I could tell my story to through the music I played. Music taught me how to open up, which is something I didn’t do easily at all. Whenever I’m upset, the first thing I do is put my IPod on, or go to the piano. When I’m upset, my first comfort is music, so that I know I’m not alone. This was and continues to be instrumental for my mental health.
This is why we can’t cut music out of public schools. This is why every child should try to learn an instrument, or take a music appreciation course. Music can cure ailments that you don’t even realize are there until music heals them. It will forever be a huge part of my life even if it isn’t my career. I wanted to write this because I know other people can relate to this, and it just needed to be said.