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Life without music would 'B' flat

April 7, 2017 - Tiffany Larson
Life without music would B Flat. I saw a teen wearing a shirt with that music reference on it while presenting in a school a few weeks ago. It was full of color and decorated with musical notes. I giggled at first because it reminded me of something my dad would say. He loves his puns and one-liner jokes. It then hit me how very true those words actually are. Life without music would not only be flat, but boring and dull. I can’t imagine a life without music in it. So many memories with music somehow incorporated into almost every one. A life without melodies or harmonies would seem out of sync. This rollercoaster ride I call life would be a bit more empty without music to guide me through. I am trying to reflect back to when exactly music first made it’s debut into my world. I am quite certain lullabies and nursery rhymes were first. Regardless of when, I know for sure that my family were the ones to thank for the introduction. Music has always been a part of our lives. From cruising around in the trucks and tractors with dad listening to Classic Rock, to practicing songs with my aunt in Elementary School. I can still remember learning the lyrics to songs from Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley for one of our many concerts. I am sure many others have memories of making music with Mrs. Kennedy over the years. The love of music continued throughout middle and high school; learning tunes with Ms. Krebs, playing instruments in the band, and learning campfire songs at Church Camp. Although I did not take part in music classes at college, my love of live concerts erupted. Dave Matthews was my very first experience, and the show at Hilton did not disappoint. Around this time, I was also introduced to karaoke. Although you won’t be seeing me try out for the next season of The Voice, you may catch me trying my hand at Pat Benatar's Hit Me With Your Best Shot with family and friends. I think what I love most about music is that it brings us all together. It is imbedded within all of us. We all can understand it. We celebrate with it, we share emotions with it, and we connect with it across all cultures. We all have experiences when we are taken back in time just by hearing a certain song. Some of those moments may have been some of the most rewarding experiences in life. I love being able to share those same lullabies and nursery rhymes with my nephew. I love being able to attend the local Variety Show and concerts and see how music education is positively impacting youth. I love that the Webster City Area Chamber has brought Music in the Park to our community in the summer months. I am looking forward to my Spring and Summer months being filled with music; whether driving to and from work with my windows rolled down and the dial tuned into 95.7, celebrating 100 years of five area businesses while rocking out to Standing Hampton, or attending the State Fair with my best friend jamming out to some of our 90’s favorites. One thing is for sure, music serves a purpose in my life, and my life will be a little less flat as long as it is in it.


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