(Following a friend's example, in honor of my 30th birthday I have decided to post 30 things I have accomplished in my life in 30 years. So for the remaining 10 days leading up to my birthday watch for a new post each day celebrating these 30 things.)
In my 30 years it is hard to imagine a time when music has not been a part of my life. Whether it was dancing around the house, singing at church, pretending a wrapping paper tube was a microphone, or actual music lessons - one way or another music has always added to the soundtrack of my life.
I started playing piano at a young age and remember fondly all my teachers who taught me the importance of discipline. I played the recorder and the oboe in 6th grade, and if that didn't make me cool enough I started playing the bassoon when I was in 7th grade. I was part of choir from 6th grade on, competed with Concert Choir as a high school student and sang in all the HS musicals. In HS as a way to REALLY up my coolness factor I was not only a part of the marching band, I was the leader - drum major since 9th grade - head drum major 11th and 12th grade. I had the fortune of traveling with my HS band to marching competitions, but also to neat opportunities like being THE band selected from Missouri to play in Washington DC when each state send a HS band to play all around the capital.
I kid about how being in the band "upped" my coolness factor - but in all reality my friends were my friends through thick and thin and we had the best time in HS. Luckily, Liberty HS was not really a place that it mattered too much what "group" you were in - so I was able to enjoy the music all the way through.
Since HS I continued to sing a bit in college, mainly just with our sorority group, "The Pickers," but I also continue to play the piano off and on and have started to teach myself the guitar... not something to which I devote enough time. I still sing in the church choir, remember fondly all that music has taught me and love the ability to get lost in a song. Certain songs flood my brain with great memories, some make me laugh while others make me cry - but no matter what - music will certainly be a part of my next 30 years.