Music is a big part of my life. It helped me to have confidence in social situations, connected me with friends, and enabled me to share my feelings. I play three instruments: the piano, guitar, and ukulele. I sing the melody in a men's chorus, or tenor in a mixed chorus. I'd love to share some of my musical moments with you, with stories, photos, and songs.
In my late teens and early 20's, I used music to express what I felt, transitioning into my adult life. The music I wrote wasn't particularly professional, but it certainly meant a lot to me. I've written the lyrics down with the chords, but not the melody. All of it is personal, so if you're looking for soul, look here. That means feeling and spirit, too.
As an English teacher, I find that many of my students are shy, cautious, uncertain, and quiet, because they don't want to be corrected. So I sing for them, which lets them know I'm a real person, I feel their pain, and I'll take the chances. They respond positively, because it allows them to be the judge, and I'm the one on trial.
Unlike speaking, which some people don't like to do, or writing, which many people don't like to do, music in its basic form connects to almost everything. The rhythm of music drives the dance of life. The order of music derives from Pythagorean mathematics. The feeling of music bridges the space between two people. The heart of music beats in expression. The flow of music follows the wind in the trees. The evocation of music is visualization. The reason for music is in each of us, in the universe around us, and in all of us together.