Music is a huge part of my life. I’m not a brilliant musician, I don’t work in the industry, most of my family can’t carry a tune – but, I am skilled in the art of Music Appreciation (sounds like a class you take to flirt with shaggy-haired boys, but I digress). Enjoying and discovering new and old music is one of my greatest hobbies, and has enriched my life in more ways than I can count. It lifts my mood, or allows me to embrace it. It can be an education, entertainment, a dose of nostalgia, or a new challenge. It’s essentially my fuel, and therefore, one of the most vital elements of a good life. And I am looking forward to all the ways I can infuse Lewis’ life with the stuff.
(image of Lou Reed and Nico via 11 East 14th Street)
I’ve been playing music for Lew every day since his birth. I went into labor with the little guy the day that Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed passed away. We had already picked the name Lewis, but I think it’s a bit of a sign – may the gods of good music bless my child. There was a lot of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground on the radio at the time – even though Lew was born on a Monday morning, the song “Sunday Morning” will always remind me of the first time I looked into his deep blue eyes.
As luck would have it, a piano teacher moved in across the street a couple months ago – I hope to get Lew into some lessons. Even if he doesn’t stick with it, I know it will help him in his future appreciation (I know it did for me). I also look forward to taking him to KEXP events. But for now, we just dance, dance, dance to the radio. I sing him songs I know the lyrics to – one of my favorites is New Order’s “Temptation,” mainly because I get to swing him around when I sing it:
“Up down, turn around! Please don’t let me hit the ground!…”
Can’t wait to take the little bugger to shows as he grows up.