Music’s been important to me since I was a band kid in middle and high school. Participated in solo- ensemble competition, select band/orchestra. High school band enabled my first trip to NYC. Training with private teachers, discipline, and self expression are the rewards for me. Started as a drummer, then classical guitar. Took up flute much later to gain experience with a wind instrument and improve phrasing.
Side question: I may be in Japan next month. Want to try Jupiter, Mateki, Sankyo, Yamaha flutes for an upgrade. Should I take my Yamaha 222 headjoint in case, or take wipes/cleaning rod and handkerchief to the stores?Thanks.
I've always loved music. As a tiny kid I sang to our farm animals. My mum took me to see an orchestra when I was 5 - they were utterly captivating to me. And... about the same time I was given a cheap blue plastic recorder. Later, I borrowed reference books from the library on musical instruments. I was absorbed with the flute family. I pestered my parents for months. They bought my first flute and paid for lessons. I went through school in various bands, doing private flute exams. I listened to music for fun and stimulation. And through the years I've played more and less, as life got in the way. And now I'm a nurse who cares for the dying - a specialist palliative care nurse. Music Therapy works for many that religious/pastoral care or social workers don't. And music is a great comfort to the dying, their families and staff. One of the most calm deaths I have watched happened to a Pink Floyd album - the man's favourite. Music evokes memory, beauty. It can stimulate and calm, even at the same time. One of human kind's ultimate creations/ achievements is music.