I grew up surrounded by classical music with very few exceptions: the jazz music that played on Saturdays while my dad budgeted the check book, the occasional B52’s and Beatlles’ records that my brother played while the parents were gone, and whatever musical talent was showcased on Prairie Home Companion Saturday evenings. Even my extra curricular activities: ballet and piano had a classical music focus. My very first CD was the soundtrack to the movie Amadeus and is still a personal favorite of mine.
Lately, I have wondered what sort of effect this had on me and my childhood development. I don’t doubt that it has helped train any sort of “musical ear” that I may have, but did it help in other ways? Did it help my in my scholastic endeavors?
I think about this as I watch my son throughout the day. There can be days when no music is played. Instead, there is a audio book playing while I straighten up, cook dinner, etc. When I do play music, I question my choices. Should I be playing classical instead of my running mix where the songs consist mostly of loud, driving beats. Will my musical choices influence his?
I have also started listening to musical lyrics in a whole new light. Do I want my child singing the lyrics to this particular song? I read recently a post where the author as a young girl belted out the lyrics to Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.” In church. When she was, like, 6. Hilarious? Yes. Do I want my children to follow suite? No.
(Side note: My claim to musical fame as a young child was knowing way too many versus of My Gal’s a Corker which I regaled all who would listen, or forced to listen, on church camping trips.)
I would be interesting in knowing the how music influenced your childhood. Do you think it influenced your current musical interests? Do you think you are better or worse off due to your parents musical interests (or lack thereof)?