Has always been a big part of my life……not that I play any instrument…..but I do listen to it almost all the time…..

When growing up in Mexico at my grandmother’s house there was always music, on the radio or playing records…..

I grew up listening to the Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Doors, Carlos Santana, Chicago and all kinds of 70’s disco music.

My parents took me to see “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the movies and my aunt bought the double LP…..I used to play Mary Magdalene, I had a doll that I pretended was Jesus and I learned the lyrics of the songs Yvonne Elliman sang in the musical……at first I just sang what I thought I heard, but later on I actually learned the real lyrics (more or less)…….I’ve been told I took the role very seriously…..I must have been 4 or 5 years old……

There’s a song by Chicago I connect to my childhood and our house in Mexico….early school mornings….don’t know why and unfortunately I don’t know the name of the song…..I just recognize it when I hear it and it takes me back instantly……

My Mum told me once that Mexicans are so good at learning and singing lyrics in English but when it comes to actually speaking not so good……remember when Shakira had her breakthrough in the US?….(we’ve known her, like forever, in Latin America) and she was interviewed?…..she could hardly speak English…..same phenomenon there….

When I was a kid in Mexico we used to have the house full of kids…..we used to dance…..boys with girls…..we played singles mostly and we had a stereo where we could stack the singles and an arm dropped them one by one……(kids of today have no idea what I’m talking about, right? lol) Anyway…..At my grandma’s my Mum’s younger brother used to have parties from time to time……and we danced……I loved and still love to dance…..unfortunately I married a man who won’t unless he must smiley…………………

I can’t recall when it started, but I always listen to the lyrics before I listen to the melody in a song……the song has to “speak” to me otherwise I can’t be bothered…..it’s been like this for me for ages…..I love to communicate through songs and music….I once was in a relationship where we used to send music cassettes to each other with songs that described how we felt…..we had to, since we lived with oceans apart…..(just like in the Richard Marx’ song)….we wrote letters too but the songs connected us in a different way……

Come to think of it I did play an instrument for a short while in school…..2nd or 3rd grade I played the transverse flute…..mind you I had a good pitch…..I remember I had forgotten to practice the homework at one time…..but when I was to play up for the teacher I blew the entire piece without a flaw (!!!!!) But after two (or maybe three) terms I quit…..haven’t played any instrument since…..Olivia wants to learn to play the violin and Julia the piano…..My Dad, bless his soul, played the guitar and my grandpa’ played the violin….I remember when we used to visit my grandparents when I was between the ages of 7 and 11, in the evenings, my Dad and his Dad could play some Swedish songs….. smiley

When I moved in with my husband (before we got married) I had a period of a slight depression (didn’t realize it then) and I wondered why I felt so blue and down…..after a couple of weeks I came to the conclusion that it had to be because I didn’t have any music around me!! When I lived at home with my parents my Mum always turned on the radio or put some record on as soon as she got though the door smiley So there was always music on……but then again she could never understand how I was able to study or make my homework with music on…..she figured I’d get distracted but it was the opposite, I tried to explain to her…..she never “got it” but she let me be……

When I gave birth to Olivia I had a boom box with me to the hospital…..I didn’t play it loud but I wanted to have music to soothe me…..so Olivia and I “have” a song…..”our” song is “I knew I loved you” with Savage Garden smiley Unfortunately Julia and I don’t smiley, but we’re browsing smiley

So when my Dad died we had to choose the music to play at the funeral…..we wanted to play so many songs but we had to cut the list to three tunes……so we chose “You raise me up”, “Brevet från Lillan” and “Äglamark” (the Swedish ones were merely instrumental, written by Evert Taube) Evert Taube was one of my Dad’s favourite composers and troubadour…..the songs he and granddad played were mostly of this composer……

Brevet från Lillan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20DtG9qr4ik

Änglamark (sung by Evert’s son, Sven-Bertil):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7vfPOKA9Dg

Link to Wikipedia’s page about Evert Taube:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evert_Taube

I almost forgot……I haven’t found my “theme song” yet……You who watched Ally McBeal know what I’m talking about smiley…………but I have some options…..if you have a suggestion, please let me know smiley