A few weeks ago a friend of mine agreed to come out with me to hear my son's cover band. Her easy acquiescence made me quite happy as my peers are no longer in budding youth and nights out at bars aren't the norm for most.
Admittedly, while my talented kid performs a variety of music at different venues, this particular band is not for the musically frail. They handily attack peppy pop, alternative, hair metal and rock — all at full volume. So, though there are older fans among the regulars, generally my husband and I have come to accept it's not a scene for most of our friends.
This gal, however, dove right in. I shouldn't have been surprised, I suppose. She's one of those incredible people who pretty much goes in with the attitude she's going to like whatever she's about to do. And I have to say that seeing her jump for her phone to video the boys playing Pantera, while hooting excitedly that she had to show her daughter what she was doing, was a blast.
The next day she went with me to see my 94-year-old mom, whose first question to my friend when told what we'd done the night before, was "Wasn't it awfully loud."
The answer echoed my thoughts when people have raised a quizzical eyebrow over our attendance at these shows time and time again. "Yes, it was loud," she began. "But watching someone doing something they so obviously love, and doing it so very well is pure joy."
So in keeping with playing music and having fun doing it, the prefect clipart collection for today would have to come from AnimationFactory
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
From the first moment I saw The Beatles I wanted to play a guitar. I begged, whined and cajoled my mother. However, the charms of the four lads from Liverpool were somewhat lost on her, making my sudden desire to strum seem a tad capricious. After months of my harping, she finally agreed that if I wanted to learn an instrument it would be the piano.
Now, there were a few things about raising a rather strong-willed pre-teen that my mother hadn't as yet figured out. You could lead me to a keyboard, but when it was strings I was wanting, you couldn't make me play. Piano lessons bored me and in my petulance, I had no interest in discovering the beautiful potential of the instrument. I quit after a year.
Oddly, when I became a mom, I insisted that my children take piano lessons at least until they understood the basics of all things musical. Our younger daughter, who seemed to inherit some of my determination, fought it tooth and nail. However, besides being a lovely singer, she did discover the flute and the two became fast friends.
The others, though, accepted piano lessons with varying degrees of enjoyment. The oldest stopped after the requisite time. One continued until she went off to college. The youngest moved on to guitar after several years, studied it at the post-secondary level and has achieved some success as a musician in the time since. I have seen first-hand the joy his talent has brought to people, and think back regrettably to the me who wouldn't even try.
Music enlivens us and we go well with it. That's why I've decided to make that the theme of today's photo collections:
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
We are too big fans of live music and will travel miles to concert venues to hear favourite entertainers, or hang out in pubs to listen to often equally talented, but struggling, musicians.
Throughout the summer there is never a shortage of festivals to attend, from jazz to blues, or even in the case of a recent gig for our musician son, Bollywood.
Another hobby of ours each summer actually ties in quite nicely with our love of music. Cruising to car shows in our beloved classic car means windows down and oldies blaring from the speakers.
The mood continues upon arrival as these events are a historical showcase of automobiles typically with an accompanying soundtrack. There is nothing to my mind that says summer better than walking around amidst 1960's muscle cars under a sunny blue sky, with the Beach Boys blaring in the background. Love the cars, but it wouldn't be the same without the tunes.
Music plays in many factors of life. So, in creating promotional materials for events it's an excellent theme or starting point for your design. Here are some fun tutorials to try for creating your own graphics of even a complete poster:
60+ Music-Themed Photoshop Tutorials
Create an Electrifying Music Poster
50 Photoshop Music-Related Tutorials
Create a Music Design in Photoshop
Music Poster Design in Photshop
Monday, August 10, 2015
Each year the city of Kitchener, Ontario, where blues legend Mel Brown made his final home, hosts a 'free' blues festival. Sure, nothing else is, and one can easily drop a wad of money on food, drink and accommodations, but it's still a pretty sweet deal.
My guy and I have attended for almost all of the 15 years the festival has been going. While some of those weekends have been hit and miss for entertainment and weather, this past one was pretty decent. Saturday's rain held off, Sunday was glorious, and the variety of talent throughout ensured there was no reason to be disappointed.
While I love listening to the musicians it's always a great opportunity to people watch as well. And one of the most satisfying aspects of that little hobby of mine is seeing how the music they're hearing makes them feel.
The late Bob Marley once said, "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." More than true. The reactions elicited by what is happening on stage can only be described as joyful. Whether it's the gentle smile and slow rocking of the head, or the uninhibited, full-out, hair-flinging boogie, it's clear that for that moment in time all the worries of the world are forgotten.
So thank you to the many people who share their talent for our benefit. These clipart collections pay tribute to the power of music in all its forms: