Music – How does one develop a strong liking for specific music? Part 1

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Introduction

Since Colin Stewart alias the Epigramman created a page in Facebook named Let’s just talk music and cinema , I’ve noticed a significant difference in different cultures’ taste for music. The Americans, Europeans, Asians, people of the Mediterranean and the East, Australians, Africans and South-Africans, et cetera, and more distinctively the cultures within these groups, have their own, unique strong liking for specific music.

This observation has triggered my analytical mind once again into action.

To understand the actions of others I always have to understand my own first. Why do I like the music I like, was therefore a question I've asked myself for the first time.

Considering the fact that no person is able to like something that was never introduced to him, I reviewed my life to analyze the music that was introduced to me.

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In "The Merchant of Venice" Shakespeare said through his character Lorenzo:

"The man that hath no music in himself,

nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds,

is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils."

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Before birth -

The fact that sounds of music affect the unborn child has been proved by researchers. By now we know that certain music stimulates the development of a baby's brain and certain systems already in the womb. This is however not the topic of this hub, therefore I add a few links for readers who would like to know more about this.

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My mother, her friends and I
My mother, her friends and I
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First five years -

I was the first child of a young mother of eighteen. She was a dedicated Christian and a musician who did not have the opportunity to develop her musical talents to a level where she could have been regarded as a famous artist. She and her brothers, and in particularly her brothers, were simply the providers of music in our family circle. While her brothers occupied the guitars, concertina and piano-accordion, my mother excelled on the harmonica. And, of course, naturally, singing and whistling.

Already before I was born I must have heard her sing her favorite hymns. Until today she loves singing hymns all by herself.


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Gospel

Church choir -

Both my parents were members of our church choir. Regular rehearsals were the order of the day. I, and later my siblings as well, had to go along and keep ourselves busy where we could be seen but not heard.

In the car, on our way to wherever, my parents sang in harmony, practicing the hallelujahs to be sung in the choir.



My father's favorite hymn

The choir presented the Messiah at least once per year -

At least once a week I've heard the beautiful sounds of a pipe organ -

All of these still my favorites.....

And, of course, Christmas carols on the Pipe Organ!

The church with its Pipe Organ was my haven for the first 35 years of my life. The sounds of the organ and the enjoyment of singing hymns with my co-Christians released chemicals in my brain that were like drugs I needed at least once a week. Music activities in the church, as well as the divine messages provided by the reverend, were certainly the source of my emotional strength and power.

I still remember my favorite nursery song -

“Die Lappop” (The Rag Doll), was about a poor, thrown-away ragged doll living on a rubbish dump. She was sad until she was crowned as queen by the rest of the thrown-aways: A rotten pumpkin, a broken shoe, an old gramophone record, a sock without a mate, an empty beer bottle, a wilted coronation, a patched tube of a car's wheel and an old newspaper...

I sang this song also to my children and grandchildren, but I cannot sing it any more. I cry before I finish the first line - this is a condition called LACHRYMOSIS. In French 'Cri de Coeur', meaning "Cry out of the heart due to mourning not dealt with". I guess I will always mourn the good and the bad I have lived. Life is precious. NOW, the present moment, dies in a second to be forever dead in the past.

More favorites were "Die Dapper Muis" (The Courageous Mouse), and the song about the frog who borrowed the light of a firefly at a cent per hour in order to date Ms Mouse. But eventually the frog chased the firefly away because he was in fact an eavesdropper.

Oh, and the donkey -

The donkey is a wonderful thing

He is a brother of a mule

and the other day he

started to cry....

(This record, just as it is, as well as the Ragged Doll and many others, were often played to me and my sibblings, but most of the time my parents sang this before bedtime or while we were driving in the car - television existed only in our dreams)

Folk songs -

By the time I went to school at the age of five, I knew all our folk songs, or at least the melodies.


The Alibama was a ship - probably the ship that brought the first white governor, Jan van Riebeeck, to the Cape on 6 April 1952 -

Far away in the old Kalahari (a desert in South-West Africa) the farmers sing -----

We also sang the folk songs of the native black people -

Family reunions - Music delivered by the musicians in our family sounded like this, and everybody would sing along and/or dance -

My uncles played our unique 'Boere Musiek' and young and old would dance until sunrise, especially on New Year's Eves -

Being a member of a choir goes without saying...

In my time it was Apartheid - the whites and blacks sang in separate choirs -

Piano lessons -

I had music theory and piano as a school subject for 2 years when I was 9-10 years old. My parents rented a Hammond organ for me to practice on at home. (Pianos were too expensive.) Because of many reasons a piano player should not practice on an organ or a keyboard; I was compelled to stay after school to practice on one of the available piano's. Sometimes it was on the concert grand in the hall; I will never forget how very important and famous I felt while playing on that one. It gave wings to my imaginations and I could figure myself in an enormous auditorium, the best pianist in the world listening to the thunderous applause of her fans. Well, my reports clearly stated that I did have the talent to become an International pianist, so my dreams were relevant.

But then we moved to another province where music was not offered as a school subject. Being one of five children, my parents could not afford private lessons. My father bought us a Yamaha organ and simply said: "There you are, you are good enough to teach yourself."

Well, not one of the musicians in the family had any formal training, and they were regarded as the best in their communities. So who would have guessed that I will not be able to reach any significant heights without formal training?

I remember playing a duet on the piano during a concert at the end of my filth grade and remember in particular Bach's Minuet in G, maybe because it was the solo I played at the same concert.

Oh, and I was for a couple of months a percussion player in the province's junior youth orchestra, doing the triangle, glockenspiel and all those tambourines and rattles and symbols. All I can remember is the feeling of boredom I had discovered in that orchestra while waiting... waiting... waiting for my turn to produce a sound.

Me at the age of 8 with my parents and siblings. (The 2 brothers came soon after the picture was taken, the youngest on the left when I was 10.
Me at the age of 8 with my parents and siblings. (The 2 brothers came soon after the picture was taken, the youngest on the left when I was 10.

By the age of eleven I was hooked on my parent's music - Just a few examples:

Slim Witman -

In the meanwhile I played my own versions of everything I heard on our Yamaha organ - though our model's mini-pops were not built in, but separate -

And of course I was not at the age of 11 as good as this guy >>>>>>

At the age of 12

I discovered POP MUSIC

Continue in PART 2 (to be published soon)


© Martie Coetser (February 2012)

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Really amazing and well-done hub! You've made some great points, and I love the examples you included! Congratulations on a terrific hub - this should be a Hub of the Day!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Outstanding hub tribute to music!!! Music soothes the soul. When I discover a new song that I like I will repeat it over and over on my iPhone until I have learned each and every word and I could feel the song from head to toe! Well done Martie. Keep on singing and dancing!!


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

My family wasn't musically inclined, and my dad just played country music when I was little. But music was a major part of my life since my adolescence. I need it daily.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, Marcy. I must say I enjoyed the search in my memory - and there are more to come - more genres of music were introduced to me... Stay tuned for Part 2 :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Sunshine - always nice to see you in my corner. What will life be like without music, and how can one appreciate a song in full if one doesn't know the lyrics? Thank you so much for clicking in for the read and for sharing your thoughts about music.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well what would life be without Martie? Her world class research and passion for this gift from humanity touches each one of us in every corner of this planet - and now it will be my pride and honor to post her labor of love, which brings 'music' to my ears and eyes, to our new FB group Let's just talk music or cinema, for I am a student once again, learning, laughing, sitting here in awe and admiration from one of my favorite teachers, and after you become enlightened and entertained here , she will become one of your favorites too.

lake erie time ontario canada 10:50am (and this is just part 1)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Real Sistas share everything and I greatly love how you have shared so much of your unique music with me. This is an amazing array of genres and I can only imagine what the next part will contain...

Aside from the classical and country pieces which I knew I loved, I was entranced with the folk tunes... most especially the 'die donkie' song and the 'Tula Baba' song. The video of the donkey actually reminded me of a few people I know...

which made me able to vote this UP and ALL across the board... comprehensive and excellent, just like you!

Love you, Maria


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

A.A. Zavala - everybody can't be musicians, but everybody can appreciate music. Though I believe there are people who don't react at all on the sounds of music. In "The Merchant of Venice" Shakespeare said through his character Lorenzo: "The man that hath no music in himself,

nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds,

is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils." I wonder how true is this... if this statement was ever tested on hard criminals?

To be honest, Augustine, the fact that you need music daily was taken for granted by me, and I do admire your appreciation for heavy metal, because I know what it takes to produce those sounds that may sound like a lot of noise to someone with an undeveloped sense/ear for that specific genre. My son tried to 'open my ears', but in vain, and maybe because I simply prejudiciously refused to listen objectively. Can you believe it, my father and many of his peers refused to like Elvis because he was so revolutionary different.

I am going to add this quote of Shakespeare to the hub as well as a picture of my parents. Thank you for reading and commenting. I'll see you in the music hall :))


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Oh Martie, I feel like, you know crying. You are certainly right. Music was there for us, even in the most dramtic moments in our lives. The prom song. Grease, saturday night fever, Michael Jackson. Sure you inherited all those beats from your mom's womb. such a beautiful memories. I can go back in time and relate a song or two..to the year I want to go back. Your parents were a cute couple. Dad, looks like he was stern, but down to earth. Like Epi said: There is no music without Martie... anymore.

LORD


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Epigramman, what a lovely comment, and you know your compliments always delight me. I am curious to know your story as well, and all the others'. Stay tuned for Part 2 - there is a lot about music I have learned since the age of 12. Oh, and check the added photo's :-)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

marcoujor - I find this discovering of the development of my taste for music quite interesting. Never looked at it before... took it for granted. Until I saw our different taste for music in Epi's page. Not that noticeable, but noticeable enough for me to realize how important the introduction of music is. The more genres one introduce to children and young adults, the more delight they will find for the rest of their lives in music of all genres.

Well, I hope my donkey convinced you to add some nursery songs to your 30-day-challenge series. I can't wait to read that series of yours; I just know it is going to be unique and impressive with poems and special messages galore.

Maria, thank you so much for your friendship and never-ending support. You are the best imaginary sister on this planet :) Oh, and I must say I feel like a teenager in Epi's music group. I wish I can be in there all the time.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Martie,

What a wonderful, joyful, inspirational hub! Your parents were such beautiful people and the family pic was precious. Music has a way of bringing so many together. I love so many different kinds of music like you! "Just a closer walk with thee" was always such a part of my growing up..an intimate song with so much meaning. The Lion sleeps tonight is just pure fun! Perry Como..do I need to say more..lol

Thank you for all your work on this one..It is top notch!

Hugs my friend, Great job!

Sunnie


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Oh, Lord, now you've pulled my tears. Yes, remembering the days when my parents took care of me and changing my brothers' nappies was the only task I detested, makes me cry. Oh, just remember, I also hated garden chores... I could not handle dirt on/in my hands. And here I am today a keen gardener.

Please consider writing a hub about the development of your taste in music as well. Exposed to all those Latin music - oh, how I envy you - must have made it extremely interesting.

Oh, and don't enlarge me beyond the truth... If you must choose between music and me, you will choose music. We can argue - I may be in music and music may be in me, but I am mortal and music was and is and will forever be.

Thanks for your lovely comment, Joseph! Take care :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I believe we are fed with the interest for certain genre. I used to listen to classical Nepali music, but my friend introduced me to Rock and now I love rock music. I was never interest on Jim Morrison, however, one of my friend asked me to listen to the Doors and now I'm addicted to this music.

Your analysis and point of view is very interesting. I enjoyed reading this hub.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Sunnie, we certainly have a lot in common, and so amazing, you up there and I down here. Since I became active in Cyberspace and met people of other countries, I've realized that all people are the same. They are simply living in different countries and in different circumstances. The theories of quantum physics make so much more sense to me: What you see here, is mirrored somewhere else... what you see here, is actually there.... et cetera...

Maria, Annette and I regard you as our cousin in Cyberspace, but I think we must make you our sister. Mmmm, now this could be an interesting story...

Thank you for your lovely comment, Kim. Your support and friendship means a lot to me.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

I found out about this hub from Epi's FB page. And I thank you both for illuminating my evening with this terrific hub! I loved how you interlaced your personal life and experiences, with the music that's been following you throughout life. I know I'll be coming back to this hub often, just to listen to the wonderful music. Martie - As much as you appreciate music, I appreciate this wonderful hub! Thank you!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Excellent account of your musical journey. Enjoyable read, Martie. I loved it.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Thank you so much for sharing your musical journey with us! Isn't it fascinating how our tastes grow and change! Can't wait to see part 2--


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you for your interesting comment, Vinaya. Please consider writing a hub about the development of your taste for music. The music of India and countries in the Mid-East and the East fascinates me, but it is 'too far away from me' to understand, or let me put it clearer - 'not yet in my frame of mind'. There is a specific tone in your music, distinctive melody and rhythm... kind of mysterious... not rooted in Goth or Celt or Africa rhythm. I would love to know more...


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Sannel, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I could have presented this issue/topic totally non-personal, but by now I know the average reader (outside HubPages in the world) loves to read 'personal' stuff, as they love watching soap-stories on TV. They can identify with the personal experiences of others and this makes it easier for them to understand something about themselves.

I am so glad you enjoyed the read. I will enjoy a similar hub of yours just as much.

When I listen to the music of some other countries, I realize how simple and down to earth ours are in comparison. But keeping history in mind, circumstances, opportunities, and everything that determines development, I am proudly South African. Europeans arrived in South Africa only in 1652 - 360 years ago. So South-Africa is still, considering European/Caucasian development, an infant comparing to European countries. But we do have brilliant composers of music who can certainly compete with Beethoven and kie. Stay tuned for Part 2, and thanks again.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, rajan. I always appreciate a visit and comment from you. Take care!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

I would be honored...:)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Audrey, I find this extremely fascinating. My own development - taken for granted until now - fascinates me, so guess how fascinated I am going to be in yours and others'.

Thanks for coming by and share your thoughts :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Sunnie, thanks for giving me a delighting smile :)


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Dear Martie, what an amazing effort! Yes, I do agree, we are what we read, we are what we listen to, play and sing, we are what we taught...

I was sorry to hear that you could not become a world-known, one of the best musicians...

I have similar feelings about my dancing - though, I don't think about myself as "international star that did not happen", but that sadness that dance did not happen will be with me... forever?

I had my woes with classical music. I regarded it as torture. I refused to go a musical school because I had no inclination for music (playing an instrument), and I thought a musical school will make me attend two schools instead of one for seven long years.

My friend (a boy) survived there for four years playing either an accordion or the other thing that is close. Every time I visited him, the visit began with "Let Sasha play for you..."

imagine me wishing to roll my eyes... and just ENDURING...

And I wish (if I ever get my scanner back), the picture of Nikolai playing the same instrument at a concert or something... is a poster picture "Cruelty against children!" The look on his face...

In my time, most musical efforts were done for indulging parents' ambitions. Which was stupid. To kill love for music forever. At least I was spared and free to form my own likes and dislikes.

Your story is so different. I wanted to do a hub about music, too, because it is my salvation, but... but...

I don't have an angle and without an angle there is no article.

But yours is simply superb. You said it all.

CONGRATULATIONS!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Svetlana, thank you for your profound and interesting comment. I agree all the way with you... I had been working for 20 years as administrator of a music school, responsible for everything except teaching and the repairing of broken instruments. I know all about parents pushing their children, and also about highly talented children excelling without the support and encouragement of their parents, and I can write a book about the positive results of music tuition.

And about musicians like your boyfriend, who are so desperately in need of admiration that they become boasters and spammers.

You will always recognize a true, passionate musician. His music instrument is his best friend, and he plays it because he HAS to play it... all the time. Most of the time he is not interested in girls... they are all around him, enjoying his music, hoping he will give attention to them. They either know music - his instrument(s) - is his first love and they accept their role in his life, or they leave him all by himself. He don't mind being alone, as long as he has his instrument, the world can go to sleep.

You can write a similar hub about your dancing. That will be so interesting.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And now I am going straight to bed.... 2:20am..... Six hours from now I am going to be a zombie in office again!

C U in the air :))


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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

You mention that different cultures have distinct appreciation of music. Mass communication have narrow or blur the boundaries. We are now able to enjoy the sounds produce by diverse culture because of technology. Humans need the "sound of music" as nourishment. Imagine a world without music. I may listen to a tune without understanding the lyrics and still be touch by it. There is a natural instinct in us, perhaps while in the womb listening to the heartbeat of our mother and feeling the comfort and harmony of our world within. Do we seek that experience in the rhythm and cadence of a melody? That music affect the unborn child have been proven. But I believe it is the feeling and emotions of the mother listening to the music that is conveyed. Would results be the same if babies were made to develop in a sci-fi test tube laboratory with pipe in music? Thanks for including me in epi's FB page.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very interesting hub with very enjoyable videos. Martie. I loved listening to the different styles of music. The Bach minuet reminded me of my childhood piano lessons. I'm looking forward to part two in your series.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi SilentReed, I agree wholeheartedly with you on all the matters you have touched. Currently uniqueness of taste, or perhaps rather uniqueness of a country or region's popular folk music, or rather the present form of the original folk music, is but only like the little hard stone of a fleshy, juicy fruit. Maybe we can compare the music of the world with a prickly pear - many stones combined with flesh.

Thank you for your insightful comment. Sorry for not knowing, but if I've added you to Epi's page, you must be one of my friends in there and I don't know you are SilentReed, one of my favorite poets. Please give me a hint :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Alicia, oh that minuet, and not at all as easy to play as it sounds... But what is easy before you can play/do it? Thank you for your much appreciated comments. Take care :)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Martie there was this young man who sustained a terrible brain injury and was in what was thought to be a permanent coma. His mom refused to believe it and played Elvis music all the time to him. Well, he eventually woke up and from then on out couldn't get enough of the King. This was great seeing your parents sibs and how you got some of your musical tastes. Eclectic musical tastes is the phrase for you! You were a good piano student, all I wanted to do was chuck the lessons and go play football.


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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

Hello Martie, I am at a lost with your metaphor of "many stones combined with flesh of a prickly pear" of the difficulty of appreciating the diverse music of the world.:) Evelyn Glennie, a hearing impaired musician who plays the marimba once remark that all we have to do is listen. For me it implies that music has no boundaries and is only limited by our own awareness.

As for a hint....ah....virtual reality is fun :) But I have always consider you a true friend.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Alastar, the healing quality of music has been proved on many levels. It is a force that heals and builds and strengthens - physically, psychologically and not to talk about its ability to develop the brain, mind and personality. Making music, playing an instrument sight-reading, is the only activity that develops right and left hemisphere of the brain simultaneously (according to the results of research). What music builds in a human being can only (and I dare to say only) be destroyed by drugs - something one has to eat/drink/inhale opposed to music that has to be heard and felt.

The best musicians I have met during my career of 20 years at the music school, was also the best sportsmen in their schools as well as the best academic achievers. It is all about having balance, developing the mind, body and soul at once, and then time-management... spending every minute of the day productively.

Sadly we tend to chuck the good for the bad. I've done it myself, but I cannot blame myself, because I had no idea what I was doing and my parents, too, had no idea what they were doing or even what they were supposed to have done. We were all blind in the sad state of ignorance.

Football: Breaking the body... by 40 your knees, or some body parts, are no longer functioning, while at 70 the musician can still play his instrument.

Thanks so much for your generous and insightful comment, Alastar. I always enjoy conversing with you. Take care!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You have just won the special award, Martie, of keeping me entranced by a hub longer than I ever thought possible. Not only did I enjoy reading every delicious word about your love of music and your early years as the oldest of your siblings, but every video you chose was perfect, suberb, and I have bookmarked this hub to return to again and again.

Your family is beautiful and handsome and in your new avatar, you look like no more than 32 years old at most. Trust me. Thanks for this treat. Voted all the way UP!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Oh, drbj, you always touch my heart with your lovely comments, and I can sense your genuine kindness. I tried to post only the most important and relevant music, and still they are too much as I cannot choose one song above the other. Maybe a link to the entire YouTube is what I should have posted in her.

I must (again) say that I find this research, using myself as the only source of information, extremely interesting. I never realized exactly what music meant to me. Oh, I know I loved it - since I was a little girl music hypnotized me. I remember hearing people (friends) playing music instruments, or listening to record, a block away, and then I would be with them within minutes. Those who were not yet my friends, well, I had simply made them my friends there and then. Anyone who can play a music instrument (and the vocal cords and lips (whistling) are also music instruments), or who shows any appreciation for music, is my friend.

Thank you for your heartwarming comment, drbj. I will soon be in your corner to catch op on reading.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved this Martie. You have a beautiful family. I can't imagine a day without music. My Mother was a lover of country music, the radio was never turned off. I love country too but i also love all genres, including opera. Thank you for sharing your story about music..Cheers My Friend...


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This is a lovely hub Martie. I think music is one of the best gifts we have to enjoy in life. I love all kinds but I was definitely exposed to many types of music as a child but my tastes evolved as I grew. But I think there is something music does that can never be replaced in life.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

I love this hub Martie and I have not even heard the videos yet! I will come back to it tomorrow, or I will wake up the rest of the family that are sleeping:) Music brings so many memories from our lives, both good and bad and it goes right in and become one with our emotions. I can relate to the crying, maybe it comes with age for some reason, but I feel pretty hopeless when I cry so easy when I hear some types of music these days.

I sang in the choir and played minuets during piano lessons as well but for some reason I stopped during my teen age years and haven't touched a piano since then. Thank you for this lovely hub Martie and for sharing your music history, I look forward to the next and to listen to the videos!

Tina


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

thoughtforce, I cannot imagine life without music. Yes, the crying does 'worsen' with age. Maybe crying is all I will do in a couple of years... if I don't manage to delight myself daily with brand new and exciting experiences.

I believe it's okay to stop doing things at any time in one's life - it is the beginning of doing things that really matters, and the experience one gain while doing it. These experiences are the building stones of our characters. And, of course, it would have been better if we could have continued with the good things, because the time always come when we regret the discontinuance of it... when we realize that it was in fact good.

I hope you will enjoy the music whenever you get the time. Thank you for coming over and commenting :)


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great hub Martie. I was impressed. I love classical music very much. I was introduced to it in Junior High School (I'm dating myself now, because, Jr. high schools do not exists anymore...LOL) and have loved it since. It was a voice class I took and I still remember how I became infatuated with the piano in the classroom.

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John


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi John, I was for 20 years the administrator of a music school, responsible for everything except tuition. I've seen thousands of boys and girls who had learned for the first time at the age of 11-13, thanks to the aptitude test we are using when recruiting students, that they have a bent for music. They started - and still do - to learn how to read music and how to play the instrument of their choice - any woodwind /brass /string /percussion /keyboard (piano) or voice) at that age and became adults with the same memory as this one of yours. Surprisingly too many of them regard their music classes and activities as the only anchor they have had in difficult childhood circumstances and as the only reason why they had turned into stable and responsible adults.

Only one percent of our music students choose a career in music - while the rest (can) play their instruments (including voice) for the fun of it until the end of their lives with an appreciation for classical music. We are not born with a liking in classical music or in any other genre, we have to hear it and allow it to grow on us.

Thank you so much for you delightful comment. I am so curious to know more about the school systems of other countries - when children go to (what) school, and about the subjects they take and whether compulsory or own choice, et cetera. Maybe you'll consider publishing a hub about this?

Here is a link to hub about aptitude test and how we help children to choose an instrument that suits their personality.

https://wehavekids.com/youth-programs/A-music-inst...


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kevins blog52 4 years ago from southern Indiana

Great hub, voted up and interesting.


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