February 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM
I absolutely loved this clip and was excited every time it was shown on Sesame Street. I was even more excited when I found it on youtube a few years ago.
I remember between the ages of 3 and 5 walking past my great grandfather's violin every day. My mom had it on display in the formal area of our house on a sideboard. I would think every time I walked by how much I wanted to play the violin. My parents did not know where I could study the violin at such a young age but they did know where I could study piano. So off to piano lessons I went at 5 years old. I loved the piano - absolutely loved it. I would come home from my piano lessons and bring my favorite doll out to the piano and teach her how to play. Without knowing it at the time, this was the best way to learn. I was reinforcing what I learned at the lessons by teaching my doll. I loved to read music - it was a new and exciting language.
My mom listened to classical music and she had the Readers' Digest records. I do remember one that was Russian favorites. I loved that album. She would listen to classical music in the car and we would play a game of guessing the composer. While I was learning to read, my mom would watch opera on TV and have me read the opera subtitles out loud to her. What an excellent educational tool combining music and reading. Thanks Mom!!
When I was in first and second grade I had to get special permission at the school library to read the older grades books on the musical composers. I couldn't get enough of this new world:)
My mom loved musicals. I honestly cannot say how many times I watched South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, and Fiddler on the Roof just to name a few. Camelot was her favorite so we watched that together many, many, many times:) Summer of fourth grade came along and my school had a program where I could start violin. I was so excited and my parents enrolled me in the program. From that point on I studied violin and piano simultaneously.
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My father also used to turn the sound off on the TV when watching Sunday football. He played opera soundtracks instead. It's amazing how often arias would sync up with long passes. To this day, I associate Madame Butterfly with the Dallas Cowboys.
Pinky and Perky also feature strongly in my childhood memories, although they now seem very creepy! I'm going to have nightmares tonight thinking about them.
They also had several Mantovani collections which always seemed to be on the turntable. I can remember my sister and I dancing round the living room to Zorba the Greek (more posturing than dancing for we knew nothing of Greek dancing). Sadly, Mantovani's version of Tales from the Vienna Woods reminds me of when my cat died and for that reason all Strauss waltzes make me feel sad. We also enjoyed singing along to a recording of Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino in the car which used to annoy my Dad when he was driving.
My first experience of 'proper' classical music was listening to Peter and the Wolf as an infant at a school assembly and filing it away in my mind as something good to come back to when I was older.
Sorry for the long response, but all of these memories explain my taste in music.
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