This blog entry was influenced by my dear friend Stephanie and London Summer Jam.
I have to say that I adore what London Summer Jam is all about. Many of us share the love for music and many of us have either participated in or have watched musicians jam together, creating an experience for our souls to remember for a lifetime. Every time special, every one a blessing. There’s nothing like it if you love music. Whether its a whole group of people or just a few, its quite memorable…never wanting it to end. And when its at an outdoor venue? Need I say more? I encourage every music lover out there who can to follow this wonderful event or take part in it, you will create memories for a lifetime! Pls go visit http://londonsummerjam.com to learn more (twitter @londonsummerjam) and checkout their blog written weekly by a dear friend of mine Stephanie http://www.wikifestivals.com/blog/1056 (Twitter @WordswithSteph).
Ever since I was a little girl, I remember music being in my life….and it’s all because of my amazing parents. Dad playing along on his electric guitar in the livingroom to his fav albums to the likes of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison – classic country and 50′s 60′s music. He also played his banjo and acoustic 6-string. Mom played the piano, she taught herself how to play by “ear” …so beautifully.
I love the memories I have of when they would both jam together just for fun, never a set list planned, never a song rehearsed…just enjoying playing music and enjoying the moment. My dad has a huge family, originally 16 kids to be exact and in the old days we often all got together, huge as we were, to eat, drink and have jam sessions. I find myself thinking more about those days the last few weeks because sadly my dad’s two older brothers, Doug and Jerry recently passed away. They shared my love for music and family and also cherished those get-togethers. I smile proudly as I remember watching my uncle Doug play his banjo with ease, my dad on his guitar, my mom on keyboards. The rest of us playing the spoons off of our knees, dancing, laughing and singing along to whatever song someone wanted to play…priceless!! And music has always been and continues to be a part of my life and one of my true passions.
My son is in his early twenties now and has recently started to learn the acoustic as well after watching and listening to me play and I’m so glad he did….proud mom. So now my parents and myself and my son try to jam together as often as we can. I can only say its a beautiful feeling when we do…to be sharing what you love with the people you love…precious. To see how we all get mesmerized by each other, time really does stop, nothing else exists..something I look forward to each time.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally started to learn to play the acoustic guitar. I owe it all to a dear friend of mine from “across the pond” who knew my dream to learn to play. They surprised me one day when they they told me a gift was coming my way, a late bday present. This huge tall box arrived, my heart racing as I opened it and low and behold…there before me stood a beautiful new Jasmine 6-string acoustic guitar ! I got so emotionally and knew then my friend was making my dream come true and I haven’t looked back since. Its taken a lot of patience which God knows I wasn’t born with (ha ha) and time but I didn’t give up. I enjoy playing along to Eagles and Roy Orbison tunes, and many others, getting lost in the music. I still have so much to learn but sincerely that is the best part of this new journey in my life.
As I end my personal story that I’m sharing with you, I leave you with this….. Life is too short. If you love music, then experience as many “live” performances as you can, learn to play an instrument if you’ve always wanted to. I am in my late forties, and I only started learning acoustic guitar a couple of years ago, I am living proof that anything is possible. That you have to go thru your bucketlist and start checking things off, you won’t regret it !! xxxxx