The 2 Songs That Shaped My Appreciation of Music At a Young Age
[ Dave Brubeck – “Take Five” ]
I recall hearing this song so much in my young age. I think the first time I heard it, I must have been around 3 years old.
I grew up in a home where Jazz was played live (my father was a jazz drummer and a scientist), and on the radio (we always had KJazz 88.1 FM “America’s Jazz and Blues Station” on in the home, on the radio.) Because of my upbringing, Jazz is near and dear to my heart.
I’ve played Take 5 in ensembles over the years and to this day, it is one of my favorite songs of all time. I think Take 5 may even be my #1 song of all time. I find it perfect for a rainy day, a sunny day, when I am feeling jazzy or when I feel blue.
What do you think about Take 5?
[ “Flight of the Bumblebee” ]
This was my audition piece for Children’s Symphony on flute. Although I didn’t make the cut, practicing this piece really made me appreciate craftmanship of song, the importance of working up dexterity (rather than cramming or procrastinating) and the power of discipline.
The Flight of The Bumblebee is whimsical, too, and it always reminds me of the strangely witty ways of Nature.
What feelings and thoughts does The Flight of the Bumblebee evoke for you?
Jazz and Classical music have shaped my musicianship tremendously, even now as a DJ. I am grateful for their expansive influence in my life!
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