Music


Okay, so, I play the flute and a smallish bit of piano, so don't be surprised if I make a bunch of music references in this blog! I have been playing the flute ever since I was about ten years old, when I got my old beginner Gemeinhardt flute as a Christmas present.

People ask me, "Why did you decide to play the flute?" and I've always had trouble answering that question. I do think the flute is a beautiful instrument--it looks beautiful and sounds quite lovely when played well, but I couldn't put my finger on WHY I liked it. Then I remembered this: 

Ever since my infancy, we have been watching "Where's Spot?" Me, my little siblings, all of us. There is one part where we see that it's raining outside and when Spot finally realizes the rain has stopped, a flute in the soundtrack plays a happy little tune as Spot runs excitedly to ask his mother if he can go outside now. I think it was then that I realized how much I liked the sound and I wanted to make that kind of music. It's true that I grew up in a musical family, so I had a little previous knowledge of piano and recorder before I started playing flute!

Some history:
I studied at the Flint School of Performing Arts (part of the Flint Institute of Music) for about seven or eight years and I was able to have so many great experiences! I studied with Dr. Jessica Cech (her is a link to her website if you are so inclined: https://jessicacechflute.squarespace.com/), who has been a great teacher and friend, and also with a lady named Mrs. Carol Andersen. (My time with her was special to me, because years ago she was my aunt's flute teacher as well, and then later mine.) I studied piano with Mrs. Julia Hull and learned SO MUCH from her! I was also in the Shand Honors Flute Trio for a time, as well as the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra. We even got to perform under the conducting of Maestro Enrique Diemecke, the conductor of the REAL Flint Symphony Orchestra, which was an incredible experience. I know that the performance left me breathless and my heart rate was...pretty high. It was fantastic. The FIM offers a lot of great stuff through the FSPA, and if you live in Michigan, GO THERE sometime!

And now to the present day. At the moment, I am still a music minor at Oakland University here in Rochester, MI. Music will always be a part of my life to some extent. 

Well THAT was a boring introduction. But I thought I would just share a few favorite artists/songs (at least favorite right now) with you so that you know what I'm listening to. I will provide links to songs and bands, etc...listen at your own discretion. I don't listen to any music with swearing or other unpleasant content, so needn't worry about that.  Most of the bands I listen to are also Christian. I listen to a little bit of everything, so every band I listen to has its own quirks. ;D I plan to give you a few links to different songs by each artist.

Burlap to Cashmere: 




Jars of Clay: 




Phil Keaggy: 



The Neal Morse Band: 



Steve Taylor (who is very sarcastic, don't take him too seriously): 

Smug (this one is old so forgive the late 90's look)

Wow to the Deadness (this is newer and very weird, and yes the drummer is Peter Furler from the old Newsboys)

In Layers (I mean how do you PRACTICE screaming like that?) 

But then he actually has very poetic and almost beautiful lyrics in a couple songs:

Jesus is for Losers (losers=sinners, "broken at the foot of the cross")


Billy Boyd (okay I know he's not a band, really, but he does have a band called Beecake, and I really like his voice. However, I would advise caution. I have only listened to a small amount of the band's stuff and can't vouch for the content in all of it. What little I've heard is okay, but...be careful): 



SOUNDTRACKS:





And of course allll the LOTR soundtrack

Classical Flute: 

The Great Train Race--Ian Clarke (this piece is pretty modern and uses a lot of special extended techniques, such as circular breathing. I'm not a fan of the performer's ego, but she plays it well)



Classical Piano: 

Beethoven Waldstein Sonata (I saw this pianist in concert once and really enjoyed his playing! Skip to 22:00 to see the ending and how he almost kicks the piano at the end of every piece. Also his face is hilarious to watch.) 

Mendelssohn Gondola Song op 19 no 6 (I got to play this back when I actually took lessons and fell in love with it.) 

Lizst Trancendental Etude No. 8 (all I can say is that I'm dying just watching the poor guy.) 

I'm sure there are many, many more musics that I love, but I have yet to think of them. I will be constantly adding to this page when I find new music or remember things that I have forgotten! Happy listening! :D 




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