Comments: Music Soothes the Soul...

my older brother -- a fabulous pianist -- was encouraged to learn the string bass in high school.

Posted by wRitErsbLock at May 24, 2009 03:04 PM

The thing I try to make clear to youngsters starting out in music is that there are a very large number of jobs in that industry. In addition to playing, there are also jobs organizing, in sales, and in the construction of new instruments.

Consequently, the mere fact that music is a very competitive field shouldn't stop them from following that career choice, if that is where the heart is.

Posted by Carl Brannen at May 24, 2009 08:04 PM

Writersblock- I think he has the potential to really enjoy it. We will see.

Carl- I don't know where his heart lies. I know he enjoys it now, that for the last two years it has provided an escape from the hell he has endured at school, but I'm not sure if that is what he'll do. He does know we'll be supportive of all he pursues, but he really likes the sciences as well and his big dream of course is to own a Ferrari dealership. Heh. As long as he loves music, and has it as something he can do forever, I am happy.

Posted by Bou at May 24, 2009 08:18 PM

I know for me middle school was the absolute nadir. High School was actually a step up even though I didn't like it much. I was also not able to choose where I went to school - it was the local public.

So I hope that Ringo has an excellent time in HS with his music. There are quite a few years where things will change so if he gets off to a good start at least that will make some decisions much easier.

Posted by Teresa at May 25, 2009 10:50 AM

I lived and breathed music in high school too. It saved me in so many ways. And I also played a different instrument for each of the types of bands...usually what was needed/missing.

I love hearing how open minded he is to music...it makes me smile!

Posted by Sissy at May 25, 2009 12:06 PM

My daughter lives and breaths music and has since she was six years old. She is primarily an Irish Music deva (has a CD, gets played on the radio and everything!:), plays fiddle - irish harp - and concertina. But none of those are taught as a major in any university setting in the US so she and I researched and beginning just before High School she began cello so that she could get her bachlors degree on cello in the states before heading to Ireland for a masters on one of her Irish instruments. She has just completed her freshman year at ASU (with a 3.9, thank you very much) and will return from an ASU orchestra trip to China tomorrow. She plays to some degree more than 20 instruments, several very very well. She is happy, so very happy. Some way she will make a living in it, though probably by combining several things. But she is happy!
So, from a similar sort of background let me say - with upright bass he will have many many opportunities so long as he works at it and opens himself up to those opportunities. There is always a need/demand for bass (upright, there are many many bass guitar and percussion players out there, very few upright players!) and if she didn't already play several instruments larger than herself (90 lbs soaking wet) my daughter would likely be playing that too (she has messed around with a few).
Good for you encouraging him. That and research are what we moms are most needed for.

Posted by patti at May 25, 2009 01:15 PM

I find that those that loved band in school tend to also love classical music, I have several classical CD's and listen to them as much as my other CD's.

Posted by Quality Weenie at May 26, 2009 08:31 AM

OK, first, I must talk to Patti as Brenna wants to play Irish fiddle. I'm sure I can learn much from her experiences!

As for the upright bass... WOW! As a woman I've always thought it was a completely sexy instrument (not what you want to hear as a mom, I'm sure). I'm glad to hear that he is "open" to it. I' wish we had schools here that we could choose to enroll in that had "specialties".

Posted by Jody at May 27, 2009 08:38 AM

Way cool! My 13 year old plays violin and the IPod. He loves Kid Rock and AC/DC...so do I. It's fun watching them develop at this stage. The next one's may not be so fun...so I'll keep him busy as hell!

Posted by JihadGene at May 27, 2009 09:41 AM