M is for... Music in My Life

Music has always been a massive part of my life, ever since I was a child. My dad is an amazing pianist, and my mum is the reason that I love to sing. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to be a part of choirs, and have even sung for our queen!

Here are my top five reasons for loving music... and some of my favourite music thrown in for good measure.

Music brings people together...

Music is a universal language that everyone can understand. For me, it has been amazing to see how music has become such a big part of R's life, and how she has loved bonding with my dad through it. They share a special love for each other, and R loves to jump up and play his piano, because it means she is just like Granddad!

Music is soothing...

When I was pregnant with R, I fell in love with classical music. I would listen to it in the car; when I couldn't sleep at night; and when I was having a relaxing bath. R's favourite that she would rock in my bump to was, 'Le Onde' by Ludovico Einaudi. When she arrived - and we would be up late at night with a screaming newborn - if my singing failed I would put the album back on and it would soothe both of us.

Music is an important part of yearly celebrations...

Every year, at least one person will sing, 'Happy Birthday' to me on my birthday. At Christmas we sing carols and Christmas songs, something I absolutely love. You can't escape music at all the important yearly celebrations, and I wouldn't want to!

Music adds a little extra something to parties...

Music has been a massive part of every celebration that we have had over the years, from the hymns we sung at our wedding ceremony to having 'All I Ask of You' from Phantom of the Opera as our first dance. We used some of the same hymns that we had at our wedding at Rachael's Christening, and I am sure that we will do the same again for L.

Music is a great learning tool...

I love how music can be used to teach new things. R has loved singing, from learning new nursery rhymes to learning the alphabet by singing the 'A, B, C' song. Teaching children is not as simple as telling them something and them retaining it. Using mediums such as music allow for the lessons taught to stick in their minds.

 

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