Right now in my head is a little jingle. If I share a few words with you, it may get stuck in your head too. “Wayfair, just what . . . .” I bet you can finish it. And if you ever lived in Chicagoland, as I did for most of my life, you know the phone number for Empire Carpeting, too.. It starts 5-8-8. . . . .
Everyday music is all around us. It may be in the background of a movie, a video game, or a commercial. It serves a purpose there. It may include vocals or just be instrumental.
Music is an emotional language and as we connect with it, it can help us therapeutically identify and manage our own emotions. It can soothe a troubled heart. It can remind us of times past. It can summon memories and feelings.
There are many places around town where we can interact with music for free, or at a minimal or reasonable cost. I wish to point out a few, all of which can be appropriate for children.
- Electronically at home. Radios, CD’s, iPods, Alexa and Google provide easy access to any style of music or artist. In December I asked Alexa to play various genres of Christmas music such as country, Christian and oldies.
- The local library. Many genres of music CD’s can be borrowed.
- At church. Worship services usually involve music to be listened to and with which to engage vocally.
- Park concerts. Often bands, various style groups, and even local orchestras will perform in parks.
- Community Festivals. These may have a specific theme or ethnic flavor.
- Colleges and universities. Most schools have an online schedule of students and professional artists offering a wide variety of performances from which to choose.
- Civic Center or library. Again look online for a schedule or ask at the front desk.
- Your own television. All movies, not just musicals, have music. Practice listening to the emotion of the music and how it enhances the movie experience. Learn to identify the climax or scary scene by the music. The music often prepares the watcher for the scene.
- In Educational settings. We learn more easily when information is set to music. How did you learn the alphabet? I have also heard jingles for multiplication facts and U.S. presidents.
- Own or borrow small musical instrument to experiment with at home.
Help your children embrace music. This could lead them to desire learning to play an instrument or study voice. Maybe they will develop a strong appreciation for musicians and performers. Perhaps it will just enhance their own conversational skills as people do enjoy talking about their favorite music, style, and performers. Possibly you and your child will learn to love a music style or venue that you have never before considered. New worlds can be explored together.
There are many creative artists in every genre. Some artists fill their songs with lyrics which do not benefit our children or us. Pay attention to the words and teach your children to be discerning. The words we listen to do impact us.
Music Around Town is my fifth blog in my Around Town series. If you missed the others, you may find them in the Around Town category. Thanks for reading and sharing.