Tuesday, March 17, 2009

my life is music

So, I guess I am not being good at this whole blog thing yet. Anyway, the reason is I really want to be unique. Something that people will want and come read what I write. Let me tell you, this is no easy task. I think of things, but you know how it is, you end up being your own worst critic. I have threatened my wonderful girlfriend that I would post some of our interactions here, but I don't know if she would totally appreciate that. Nothing bad of course, but why do I want to embarrass her when it's me who I should be embarrassing! Not really. But still, trying to come up with things here.

I do have a few things to say however. One large thing that has been in my conscious for years. As many of you who know me, and for those who don't, I am a musician. I have always been in music even at a very young age. To me, if it were not for the public education system, I don't know where I would have been able to find, develop, and learn to appreciate the talent that God has given me.

That being said, it is very disturbing to me every time I hear of another public school system loosing their music program. Or theater program. Or any sort of program that promotes any of the arts for that matter. I know the three R's are important. However, is it worth cutting programs that is vital to the very important role that the Arts programs such as art, theater, and music is to our culture to just cut it out? Do we want to be a culture of robots, who have no feeling, no way of expressing ourselves? Not only that, but not everyone is cut out to be an engineer, or scientist, or lawyer, or doctor, etc. I was wanting to research just how much of the music stars of today started off in the public schools, but that was something I don't have the time or resources for I doubt. I wonder if anyone can help me. I know there has to be a good majority out there that have started off in our public schools in either band or choir, or even influenced by elementary and secondary music programs at the public school level even.

What brought this rant on was me watching a music channel on TV that was started by VH1 I think. Not sure, but VH1 has a program out to promote music education. I think this is a great idea. For one, it is targeted at older adults, but I think it's something worth promoting to everyone. Our culture shouldn't suffer as much as our economy shouldn't, lets at least find a way to make it just as important.

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