So my family is a singing family. I know that's "shocking" to those of you who know me... I started singing from birth, did my first "solo" during a family Christmas program and was shocked when I discovered that I could actually get paid to make music~ I thought it was just what people did.
In a few days, I'm leaving to journey across the country to Iowa and Minnesota. While I'm there, we'll sing, dance, eat, drink, sing some more and generally have a great time with the 3 generations of my extended family. My parents, my siblings and their spouses and 12 grandchildren ages 4 - 20. Now this is no easy feat, as we are spread across the world. My oldest sister and her family are in California, the second sister is in Minnesota with her family (and Nana and Papa), we are in Connecticut and my brother and his family are in Finland (soon to be Moscow!). As you can imagine getting everyone together is a challenge and happens every 1 and a half to 2 years. This summer though, we are getting together to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. A part of this celebration is a musical "event" which I'll share more about after it takes place ~ there are elements of surprise and I know Papa reads my blog:-) The important thing to know is that is will be musical. Music has been a central part of my life and the lives of my family members forever. We sing when we are celebrating, when we are mourning, when we are hanging out and when we are talking on the phone (it really does happen...).
The "Joy of Family Music" is more than just a tag line used by Music Together®; it sums up why I do what I do. I want families to sing, dance and be merry. Yes, music learning helps children learn all kinds of things and Yes, that's important. My reason for music is MUSIC.