This is my favorite spot in my home.
I like to just look at it, but I also love to sit on that bench and make melody. When I was young, my favorite songs to play were quiet, soft, sweet songs. My goal was to put my dad to sleep. If I I heard snores when I finished my song, I felt so accomplished. Now, I just like to see how much noise I can create. Poor Wesley; he probably wouldn’t mind listening to a soothing tune now and then.
Some of my favorite evenings are spent with me crashing on the piano, Wesley strumming furiously on the guitar and both of us singing our hearts out. I love this. Love it. The problem occurs when I attempt to turn away from music.
I am surrounded by friends and family, (and a husband), who all, all play by ear. They seriously listen to a song once, maybe twice and then tinkle away on the ivories, (or various other instruments). It is so incredibly impressive and frustrating to a person who has followed those little black notes since age 8. And what’s even more frustrating is because of all those lessons and music classes I took, I totally understand the concept, I just can’t do it. Now that, my friends, is annoying. So, I’m trying teach myself. And that is when my favorite spot in my home can become my not so favorite place.
Teaching myself involves listening to the artist playing the song with one head phone in my ear and one ear free to listen to myself while the guitar tabs are pulled up. I pick up the chords and get the very basic structure of the song down (only while I’m still able to look a the chords) and then I listen to all the cool stuff the artist is adding, attempt to do that and say, ‘This is ridiculous, give me some sheet music.’ Then the other head phone goes into my ear so I can hear basically nothing else but the artist and I bang away like I’m a part of this wonderful band. I can only imagine what I sound like. Wes could probably tell you.
I am making a bit of progress with the help of Wes. Last week he told me, ‘Kels, stop fiddling around on the piano, listen to yourself sing and just play the chord.’ I did and was rather astonished with the results.
So, if any of my musically amazing friends have advice for me, I would be delighted to hear it. You are a big part of my inspiration. The other part…imagining being able to bang away to anything I want…